Thought Leadership & Insights

Executive Insight

At Hoggett Bowers we work hard to stay on top of the issues which affect the talent market in the sectors in which our clients and candidates compete. We do this through the process of consulting with our clients, working with experts in associated areas (such as coaching and psychometric profiling) and taking every opportunity to share knowledge while we network with people in our different communities.

Thought Leadership Articles

From time-to-time we craft a Thought Leadership piece on a topic of importance to our clients and distribute it on social media. More often, though, we tap directly into our communities of CEOs, CFOs, NEDs and HRDs and ask them to give us their thoughts on a current topic after each of the regular networking events (lunches and dinners) that we host for each of these groups; we then collate these discussions into Thought Leadership commentaries and distribute them to our wider communities via social media.

More recently we have hosted breakfast events for individuals who share an interest in a particular topic, such as risk management, regulation and reputation management, which again gives us the opportunity to update our own insight in these areas and share these insights with our clients.

Our guests are always forthright during these discussions as all our events are run in a confidential setting and we promise that commentary is never attributed to any named individual.

If you would like to ensure you receive a link to our Thought Leadership articles in future, please contact Catherine Mulder on 020 7964 9112.

Recent Events

We gather great insight from our broad network of contacts. Additionally we gain rich content around trends as well as current views and sentiments from a range of ‘networking events’ we host. These events include lunches for CEOs, CFOs and NEDs; we also host dinners for HRDs, and breakfasts for all disciplines, which are led by a recognised expert as a guest speaker.

Some of our current insight has come from the following recent events:

  • Sue Langley OBE, the the current Non-Executive Chairman for AJ Gallagher UK and the Lead Non-Executive Director for the Home Office, spoke at our most recent HR Directors' dinner (co-sponsored by PA Consulting). She spoke to around 80 senior HR Directors and shared some of her experiences during her "accidental" career in financial services as she rose from graduate trainee to Chair.
  • Nicola Horlick, CEO of Money&Co, a peer to peer business crowdfunding platform, was our guest speaker and addressed our audience on the pending EU referendum and some of the wider ramifications, which was followed by a lively Q&A Session.
  • Sir John Armitt, a leading light in transport and infrastructure, perhaps best known as the man who chaired the Olympic Delivery Authority for the 2012 Olympics and got the Olympic Park built, spoke as our breakfast speaker at the Law Society. He chose as his topic: “Jobs, growth, future prosperity; just how wide is the potential influence of the National Infrastructure Commission?”
  • Dr Richard Ward, Chairman of Brit Insurance spoke at the most recent in our series of HR Directors' Dinners in the Great Hall at Lincoln's Inn. Richard said that his main love has always been science, so he always looks to see how he can apply science in business. He looked for a formula to apply and came up with the 'Change Equation'

Event Testimonials

  • "Thank you Hoggett Bowers, a most enjoyable and stimulating evening networking with like-minded HR professionals.”

    Sam Hannis, HR Director Europe, CH2M Europe Ltd, HRD Dinner

  • "Great event - never underestimate how useful these are. Great to get out and realise others have similar challenges - very refreshing."

    VP Finance, Pharmaceutical Company, CFO Lunch

  • "As always a very enjoyable event with a good mixture of people around the table!"

    Chief Executive Officer, Private Utility Company, CEO Lunch

  • "Insightful talk on leadership and a great opportunity to network."

    Partner, Big 4 Consulting Firm, HRD Dinner

  • "Great venue and speaker content and style was very good, excellent networking opportunity - overall a very enjoyable evening."

    Group HR Director, Building Products Plc, HRD Dinner

  • "A great opportunity to renew contact with the real leaders of the UK infrastructure industry, and to hear Sir John Armitt's insights into the new National Infrastructure Commission. The real value was in hearing his balance of business reality against the political ambition for infrastructure"

    CEO, Transport and Infrastructure, Industry Breakfast

  • "An interesting and lively debate and great to hear women's voices heard."

    Gillian Wilmot, Chairman Sportscoach, Board Mentoring, NISA, Elexon, Senet, IDAB, EU Referendum Event

  • "Great event, very well attended and just the right formal/informal balance - and also the right size of event to make it engaging for everyone. Many thanks for the invitation and the kind hospitality."

    Chief Executive Officer, Utility Company, CEO Lunch

  • "Good venue and timing about right."

    CFO, Private Label Foods Preparation Company, CFO Lunch

  • "Fantastic venue and very relaxed."

    Finance Director, Passenger Transport Company , CFO Lunch

  • "Hoggett Bowers' get their Breakfast meets just right, informative and inclusive."

    Jeremy Lofts, Vice President, Global Account Management, Baker Hughes, Breakfast Event

  • "Greg (Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury) was open, frank and sure-footed, both in his prepared speech and in response to a wide range of questions. Sadly rare but welcome qualities in a politician in these turbulent times. Excellent insights at a critical time. Many thanks."

    Graham Prothero, Group FD, Galliford Try plc, Breakfast Event

  • "Lovely venue and setting, the right number of attendees and a great format, thank you."

    Finance & Contracts Director, Train Operating Company, CFO Lunch

  • “Great networking opportunity and the chance to hear about HR challenges in other businesses.”

    Kim Pettigrew, Head of People & Organisation Effectiveness, British Airways, HRD Dinner

  • "Hoggett Bowers hosted an exceptional thought provoking event that was delivered by great speakers – a beneficial use of anyone’s time who chose to accept the invitation.. I personally look forward to my next invite and will be sure to attend."

    Heather Warren, An Inspirational Journey, Founder and Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Dinner

  • "Very much enjoyed it, comparing notes with peers and discussing issues of the day."

    Group Finance Director, Global Advertising and Marketing Organisation, CFO Lunch

  • "An excellent event for senior leaders. Great speaker and good debate."

    Commercial Director, Logistics Company, Breakfast Event

  • "An excellent event. Attendees had a wide mix of backgrounds which resulted in wide ranging, stimulating discussions before, during and after lunch."

    Strategy and Marketing Director, Financial Services Company, NED Lunch

  • "It was my first event and it was very enjoyable. I was made very welcome."

    Executive Chairman, National Utility and Civil Engineering Contractor, Leaders Lunch

  • "First class event. As ever Sir John cuts to the heart of UK infrastructure and the real need to create enabling politics that support a clear long term vision and plan for UK plc. Thank you"

    Nicholas Pollard, CEO, Cory Environmental, Industry Breakfast

  • "This has been an opportunity to meet and exchange experiences with several other NED's in a way that is not normally possible. Very welcome!"

    Chairman of three SME's in the Rail Industry, NED Lunch

  • “Hoggett Bowers HR Director Dinners offer the opportunity to connect with colleagues from across a broad range of sectors and learn from interesting speakers. Great conversations, a warm welcome and excellent hospitality.”

    HR Director, UK & Ireland – Food Manufacturing, HRD Dinner

  • "Very interesting to spend some time with people from other industries, as well as others from financial services. I think the format worked very well."

    UK CEO, Insurance Company, CEO Lunch

  • "Hoggett Bowers generated a stimulating, challenging, thought provoking environment at their recent NED event. An invaluable experience for both prospective and current NEDs."

    Mike Moren, Managing Director, AON, NED Lunch

Insights 2019