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Launched in 2009, Graduate Recruiters Network (GRN) has over 2,900 members. For eight years we have run events and webinars for our members. Join us for our 17th invitation-only live GRN webinar designed just for graduate recruiters. The agenda will be as follows;


12:30pm Introduction and Welcome – Dan Hawes, Co-Founder at GRB. Understand the background to GRN and the learning outcomes for today’s webinar.

12:40pm  GRN Webinar: Engaging Your Workforce Post-Covid – Deborah Lee, Group Engagement Director at Compass Group. Managing your early talent who work remotely or on hybrid models presents many challenges for HR teams. Hear from our expert CIPD qualified speaker on her framework for building trust with your teams and see improved engagement, better performance, happier employees and stronger retention.

1:10pm Q&A Chaired by Dan Hawes

1:30pm Other Business and Close


Deborah Lee is Compass’s Group Engagement Director since August 2019, attracted by the strategic focus on performance, people and purpose, she enjoys helping Compass bring its commitment to more than 500,000 people to life every day. Her engagement remit includes responsibilities for employee voice, people and organisation effectiveness and culture, policy, and strategic business partnering.

As Chief People Officer at Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) she led a globally-diverse team to leverage the predominantly-female Millennial workforce and built the global platform and policy for HR solutions. She ran the people integration with Richemont post-merger, developed the executive and talent remuneration strategies and was involved in the due diligence work for the JV with Alibaba in China.

She joined YNAP from BT where she held the roles of Chief HR officer for global services, Chief Learning Officer, and HR Director for BT Retail. During her time at BT she created the global performance policy; built its Academy and digital portal for learning, collaboration and knowledge management for 97,000 people; rolled out BT’s flagship leadership training to 9,000 people; launched BT’s Tech Literacy campaign to 400,000 children via 15,000 teachers; led the initial people and cultural integration stream for the £12.5 billion acquisition of EE; and was part of the executive team to acquire Tikit and launch BT Sport in 2013 to air from London’s Olympic Park.

Dan Hawes is Co-Founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB) Group who are the go-to platform for first-class University students, graduates and recruiters. Established in 1997 by two graduates we have 40 staff and over 2,000 clients across all sectors with clients such as the Post Office, IBM, Unilever and Ocado and several fast-growing SMEs. Our recruitment experts have successfully matched over 8,000 graduates with full time graduate level jobs.

In addition, he is responsible for B2B marketing and representing GRB, Metrica and Cortex to recruiters in the UK successfully ensuring they remain connected with the best employers and the first choice for first-class graduate and executive level talent.

This webinar will be recorded and circulated afterwards


“Thanks for hosting a great webinar. This was my first webinar I attended and I look forward to many more!”

“Great webinar just now. Super useful. Thank you. I will be passing key tips to our students and it got me thinking about a couple of things. ”

“Many thanks for hosting the interesting session yesterday Dan, I appreciated hearing about the report and what employers are keen to see in our students/graduates.”

“I’m looking forward to this webinar. The whole series has been great.”

“The GRN event was really useful – particularly because of the number of grads we’re recruiting this year! The facts/figures from were really interesting and has definitely given me a bit more understanding to what we need to do to ensure we’re supporting our new grads when they join. Looking forward to the next one!”

“I very much enjoyed the event – thanks and congratulations to all concerned – and will certainly be attending future ones.”

“Finally made it to an event, really enjoyed yesterday. Insightful speakers and a good mix of professionals in the room. I really like the event being educational rather than sales based.”

“Very interesting session: very enjoyable.”

“I really enjoyed the event yesterday and found it really useful. I hadn’t been to a GRB meeting previously but will definitely try to attend more in the future as there was some great food for thought.”

“The interaction with those in similar positions is of real value and can only be provided at such forums thus making them unique.”

“I thought the session was really useful and really good to have people from different industries.”

“Really enjoyed this morning, I think you hit just the right balance of information and informality.”

“I thought it was very good actually – apart from the fact that I was desperately trying to hide the fact that I had been somewhat ill during the night (not alcohol related I might add!), it was good.  Carl is a good speaker and person to get things moving etc – good range of industries/companies represented too.”

“Thanks for yesterday.  My first time going to one of those events, rather than hosting them on the other side of the fence!  Was very interesting and useful.”

“Thanks for a very enjoyable and interesting event this morning.”