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Andrew Spence

Andrew Spence is a human resources and workforce transformer with a mission to help develop better organisations. He is an experienced and thought-provoking speaker on topics related to Future of Work and Organisations, People Analytics, The Impact of Technology on People Management, Digital/HR Transformation and the Quantified Workplace. Founder of Glass Bead Consulting, he works at the intersection of technology, strategy, organizational development and HR. Andrew completed his MSc in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence from Birmingham University in the UK. He has worked on over 22 complex transformation programmes with organisations including; BP, John Lewis Partnership, Novartis, and UK government services including health, prisons and transport. His most recent work includes the publication of “Blockchain and the CHRO” for the Tapscotts’ Blockchain Research Institute. He has delivered keynote speeches and chaired conferences around the world including Singapore, Sydney, Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam and London. Andrew has received industry recognition for his contributions, including 2019 Top 100 HR Tech Influencers by Human Resource Executive and HR Technology Conference. He is a Fellow of the RSA in London and a professional member of the Center for Evidence-Based Management. You can follow him on Twitter @AndySpence and on LinkedIn


Speaking topics:

· How Blockchain Will Change The Way We Work · How HR Can Shape The Future of Work

· Digital HR Transformation Masterclass – modular, interactive workshop up to 2 days

· Blockchain and HR

· The Quantified Workplace

· The Data Opportunity Every HR Leader Should Understand

· The Impact of Technology on People Management



How Blockchain Will Change The Way We Work

o This talk will answer questions like what is Blockchain, what problems will Blockchain solve, where is Blockchain being used in business & HR, when will I see the impact of Blockchain in HR. It will also include examples of blockchain being used in HR from some of the 90+ start-ups and industry leaders in four main categories like Identity Management and Career Profiles , Credential Verification Platforms, Work Matching Platforms, and Worker Payment Platforms.

How HR Can Shape The Future of Work

We have chat-bots handling our customer queries, contract workers being paid in crypto-currencies, and robots doing our recruitment screening. Organisations face a future driven by mega-trends shaping our workforce and our societies. The winning organisations will be those that understand these dramatic shifts and design workplaces and organisations that are transparent, empower their workforce and sharing the benefits. Andy Spence describes how HR can lead by challenging existing frameworks and assumptions about work, embracing technology, using insights from behavioural science and adopting an evidence-based approach.

Digital HR Transformation Masterclass

o This course is more than digital, HR and transformation – it is about achieving your business goals. Although HR is the focus, the outcome is about improving People Management in organisations. HR is well positioned at the crux of workforce, productivity and human beings. This is really about ‘Workforce Transformation’.

As business models and economies evolve, successful organisations will optimise the contribution of people and technology. Many of our current people management practices belong in the last century and need to be redesigned for the digital economy.

There are key questions on how we increase transparency and trust, focus on team output rather than individuals and manage a more diverse workforce. HR can take a lead role in this transformation by better utilising technology, people analytics, behavioural science and evidence-based management.

The emphasis is very much on the practical and interactive exercises and real-life case studies. In addition to presentations of the subjects, participants will be challenged in actual case studies and project exercises to apply the principles discussed. It will also encourage the attendees to develop the tools to implement change upon returning to their work place


· Blockchain and the Distributed Workforce

· How Blockchain Can Transform the World of Work – article

· What Has the Internet Ever Done for HR – article

· Blockchain Platforms Can Enable Good Work – article with the RSA


· Video of speech in Singapore (Tech HRSG) in March 2019, How Blockchain Will Change The Way We Work (30 minutes)

· The Data Opportunity Every HR Leader Should Understand – Hot Topics Promotional Video (2 minutes)