The cHeRries Conference

The cHeRries Conference

Thursday 24th March, 2022

08:30 – 16:00

P&J Live, Aberdeen

Conference, Networking and Exhibition for those in HR, Training and Recruitment

Following the success of the first cHeRries Conference brought to you virtually in February 2021, The Press and Journal and The Courier are delighted to bring you the first LIVE cHeRries Conference in association with Mattioli Woods on Thursday 24th March, 2022, at P&J Live, Aberdeen. The annual cHeRries Awards will follow the conference and be held in the same evening as the conference. To find out more about the awards, please visit



Session 1: RELATIONS – Sponsored by Burness Paull LLP

In this first session of the conference, which is sponsored by Burness Paull LLP, we hear from Andrew Knight, partner within the legal firm’s employment team. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are essential, and increasingly feature at the top of employers’ agendas, but how does the law serve to protect these two highly important aspects of employee relations and is it fit for purpose in a modern society? Experienced solicitor Andrew reveals more about this in his discussion as well as exploring the legal trends and developments in this area. What can we expect to see in the future? And how will your business or organisation plan for this? Andrew has some inspiration.

Session 2: RETENTION

We have seen significant changes in our working practices, some of which have benefited our people, others that have disadvantaged them – and this can have a detrimental impact on staff retention. However, in this uplifting second session our guest speakers tell us how we appreciate the diverse aspects of our workforce more than ever. The experts also explain what we need to be mindful of now as we move forward to the future with equal opportunities for all, whilst maintaining/striving for diverse and inclusive cultures.

Session 3: RESILIENCE – Sponsored by Lindsay & Lang

Many organisations have had to adapt or reinvent themselves during the pandemic. This third session – which is sponsored by Lindsay & Lang – will explore the importance of resilience as we navigate through this ongoing pandemic. At a time when we are faced with changing employee motivations and expectations, Louise Lang, director of Lindsay & Lang and guest speakers, will share their knowledge about trending themes and real-life challenges facing businesses today as we work towards a more resilient and sustainable future. This is set to be a thought-provoking presentation.


Session 4: Panel Discussion

After a morning of guests speakers, the afternoon sessions kick off with an engaging panel discussion. During this session there will be an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the expert panel, expand on some of the points raised in the morning sessions, and open up new conversations about the issues that affect you and your organisation most. What are you biggest concerns about Relations? Do you have fears about Retention? How can you become more Resilient as an individual and as an organisation? This interactive discussion will be chaired and moderated by business consultant Sylvia Halkerston and feature all of our morning speakers

Session 5: Paralympian Sammi Kinghorn

Scottish Paralympian Sammi Kinghorn is the epitome of ‘resilience’ making her the perfect choice for our motivational speaker. When was 14 years old, Sammi suffered a horror accident on her family’s farm in the Scottish Borders, leaving her with a serious spinal injury and unable to walk. Confined to a wheelchair, the teenager never let her disability get in her way. Spurred on by her physiotherapist, Sammi discovered a new sport – wheelchair racing – and she excelled in this, after coming second in her first event, The London Mini Marathon.

This year marks her 10th anniversary since she competed – and what a decade it has been for this sportswoman. She has achieved many accolades ever since including making her Paralympic debut for Team GB in Rio 2016. In 2017, she became double World Champion in the 100m and 200m. In 2018, the wheelchair racer narrowly missed out on a medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, with two very respectable fourth place finishes. Then in 2019, she won a bronze in the 2019 Para Athletics World Championships in Dubai, despite recovering from surgery. The following year, Sammi brought back her first Paralympic medals to Scotland, after winning bronze in the 100m and silver in the 400m. The Scot is also the current World record holder for over 200m and European record holder over 100m, 400m and 800m.

In this inspiring afternoon session, you will hear how she did it and what kept her going motivated during the huge challenges she faced.


For all event enquiries please contact Laura Adam (Event Manager) on 07976 702707

For all sponsorship enquiries please contact Carole Bruce on 07799 545753

Key Dates

24 Mar 2022 The cHeRries Conference and Award Ceremony

Conference Speakers

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    Sylvia Halkerston (Host)

    Consultant and Non-Executive Director

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    Andrew Knight

    Partner, Burness Paull LLP

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    Sean Westwood

    Employee Benefits Team Director, Mattioli Woods

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    Emma Smith

    Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager, Burness Paull LLP

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    Louise Lang

    Co-Founder and Director, Lindsay & Lang

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    Ed Watling

    Employee Benefits Consultant (Healthcare), Mattioli Woods

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    Keith Davidson

    HR Director, Absoft Limited

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    Sammi Kinghorn

    Scottish Paralympian

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