Speaking & Facilitation

Tim Pointer is an experienced speaker and subject matter expert on Organisational Culture, Engagement & Leadership. Being on the Talent Leaders Connect Top 10 Practitioner Speakers list, he is a highly sought-after speaker with a compelling story to tell about building high-performing teams organisation-wide and aligning these teams to deliver winning strategies.


View the video of Tim speaking on ‘An Optimistic Workforce’ at the ADP 4th Annual HR Question Time here. The panel discussion video on the same topic is also available here


View the video of Tim’s introduction at the CIPD Annual Conference here.


View the video of Tim speaking at the Expedite Innovation and Strategy Challenger Conference here.


View the video of Tim speaking at the DisruptHR event here.


View the video of Tim speaking at “Engaging Customers, Employees and the Community” Expedite HR Directors’ Event here.


Speaking Appearances 2016 – 2017

He has spoken or will be speaking by invitation at the following events:
  • Presenting workshop on ‘Delivering your Employee Engagement Strategy in Times of Change’ at CIPD conference at London’s Montcalm Hotel in January 2018 more info
  • Key note speaker on staff engagement and the changing expectations of 21st Century staff at The Big Green Event Expo 2017 in October 2017, more info
  • Host for Perkbox’s “People analytics: Big Benefit or Big Brother?” event at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, in September 2017 more info.
  • Panel debate on “An Optimistic Workforce” at the ADP 4th Annual HR Question Time, London, in June 2017 more info.
  • Panel debate on “Bridging the Gap – The Future of Family Business” at the London Business School Family Business Conference, London, in April 2017 more info.
  • Presented on “How to take the fear out of feedback” in a webinar hosted by People Management in March 2017. Register to listen here.  
  • Delivered the opening speech on the Importance of a Strong Organisational Culture at the OC Excellence Awards, London, in November 2016 see video
  • Presented on “How to Use People Insight To Influence Executive Behaviour” at the HR Vision Conference, London, in November 2016 more info
  • Presented on Organisational Network Analysis at Expedite’s HR Strategy & Challenger Conference in October 2016 more info
  • Retail HR Summit, London, delivered an Interactive Organisational Culture Workshop and participated in a Panel Discussion focusing on the future of HR in October 2016 more info
  • Croner HR Leaders’ Summit, Hinckley, presented on Organisational Network Analysis in October 2016  
  • Delivered a Workshop on Evaluating Your Talent Demand; Measuring Your Talent Supply at the HR Vision Conference, Berlin, in September 2016 more info 
  • Presented with David D’Souza on “How to manage change as a constant state” in a webinar hosted by People Management in September 2016. Register to listen here.
  • Presented with Nina Mehta-Vania on “Are you making the best of your workforce” in a webinar hosted by People Management in September 2016. Register to listen here.
  • Led the workshop entitled “Stop, Start, Continue: A practical & interactive approach to shape your distinct Organisational Culture” at CIPD Northern Conference in June 2016
  • Presented Engagement Tips for a VUCA world and contemporary workplace at a DisruptHR event in June 2016 see video
  • Panel debate on “How do families view their firms, and how does that influence their decision-making?” at the People Management in Family Business event in June 2016. Read the interview with Tim.
  • Led the session entitled “The Chief Engagement Officer” at HR TaskForce in May 2016
  • “10 Top Tips for Engagement” at Ignite At CIPD L&D Show in May 2016
  • Presented on HR Analytics “Transforming Data Into Employee Insight” with Helen Thiel from Veran Performance at HR Retail Circle in April 2016
  • “Where HR Can Truly Add Value Now” Expedite Innovation and Strategy Challenger Meeting #HRISCMeet in April 2016 more info
Tim ExpediteSpeaking on Talent at the Expedite HR Directors’ Seminar
See the 2015 Speaking Engagements here.


Deana Herley, Audit Manager at Post Office (Event organiser) “I am very pleased with how your session went and the feedback has been excellent. Can we score you 11 out of 10?”
Catherine Crevesy, Global HRD at Medicover “The team is very positive about what you have driven us to achieve … it was down to earth and practical with relevant examples and all feel engaged to deliver on their commitments.”
Barbara Murphy, Cluster HR Director at Hilton Worldwide “Thank you Tim for a great interactive and informative afternoon that was well put together and well delivered.”
James Hartley, Global HR Director at Minova Insurance “It was an excellent session. I thought it was well planned, superbly hosted and brilliantly executed. Your context was a timely reminder of the need to keep our eyes on all our stakeholders to ensure they are engaged.”

Career Summary

Tim is an experienced HRD and Fellow of the CIPD, whose work has been recognised by a number of Awards including Overall Winner of the CIPD Awards and Top 10 UK and Top 20 Europe Great Place to Work. He has 20 years’ leadership experience, directing business transformation (double-digit growth, mergers, acquisitions & IPO) in global organisations across premium & lifestyle brands, FMCG and retail.
Most recently since 2010, as Global HR Director of Pentland Brands, he has led global people strategy across a portfolio of lifestyle and performance brands (including Canterbury, Speedo, Berghaus, Mitre, ellesse, Lacoste & Ted Baker).
Tim with David Cameron and Nick Clegg at Pentland Brands, July 2014
He lived and worked in Asia-Pacific for 5 years, leading generalist HR within spirits & wines portfolio JV Maxxium. On returning to the UK, Tim joined Diesel as UK & Eire HR Director, prior to moving to Pentland. He has also worked for Waterstone’s, and began his career as a Grad with M&S.
An MA in Drama from Lancaster University, while not leading to the Hollywood career he might have imagined, ensures an energetic and engaging experience for the audience at every event Tim speaks at.
Tim founded Starboard Thinking in 2015 in order to be able to work with Executive teams on strategic development and delivery by enhancing organisations’ culture, leadership and engagement.

To enquire about booking Tim as a speaker for your event, please call +44 (0)1727 847398 or email us.