The cHeRries Conference

The cHeRries Conference

Thursday 8th June, 2023

08:45 – 16:00

P&J Live, Aberdeen

Conference, Networking and Exhibition for those in the fields of HR, Training, Recruitment and Organisational effectiveness in Scotland

The Press and Journal and The Courier are delighted to bring you the cHeRries Conference in association with Mattioli Woods on Thursday, 8th June at P&J Live, Aberdeen. The format of the day will focus on the 3 sessions, outlined below and we are delighted to welcome our guest speaker, Samantha Jayne Nelson who will open the conference for us and share her story of her extraordinary journey, transitioning in the male-dominated workplace of oil platforms. She will provide insights and advice regarding the power of empathy and the life saving impact of allies.


Harmony from Complexity
This session will explore the opportunity to rationalise, integrate and harmonise employee benefits in times of change. Acquisitions often lead to different schemes and categories of entitlement across various benefits. Such complexity can be cumbersome and inefficient. We explore the options available to deliver great outcomes for employers while keeping or creating a happy workforce.


Navigating Tomorrow’s World
Today’s external environment is constantly changing with new ways of working and evolving behaviours. Some businesses, however, are struggling to keep up with this breakneck pace of change. We will explore how the power of flexibility and harnessing the right behaviours can help companies compete in tomorrow’s workplace whilst increasing bottom line profitability.


Managing Conflicting Characteristics
Conflicts concerning employees with differing protected characteristics (age, sex, disability, religion or belief, race, or sexual orientation, among others) can lead to workforce engagement and retention issues as well as potentially a risk of employment tribunal claims. In a highly interactive way, this session will provide employers with practical guidance to address these challenges in a way that best restores workforce harmony and avoids claims.

The annual cHeRries Awards will follow the conference and be held on the same evening as the conference. To find out more about the awards, please visit

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Key Dates

8 Jun 2023 The cHeRries Conference and Award Ceremony


08:45: Arrival, registration, networking & exhibition
09:15: Welcome
09:30: Guest speaker - Samantha Jayne Nelson
10:30: Comfort break
10:45: Sessions - Round 1
11:40: Sessions - Round 2
12:25: Lunch, exhibition and networking
13:30: Sessions - Round 3
14:25: Closing remarks
14:45: Exhibition and networking
16:00: Conference closes

Guest Speaker

  • Samantha Jayne Nelson

    By openly and honestly sharing the story of her extraordinary journey, transitioning in the male-dominated workplace of oil platforms, she is committed to helping people understand the value of authenticity, inclusivity and the impact of allies, leaders and HR professionals.

    In her prior role as Vice President of Risk Engineering in the Global Energy Practice of Marsh & McLennan Companies she gained international recognition for her commitment to engage, educate, involve and bring together diverse community groups and allies leading to positive business results. 

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