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Futurist Network

A private network for Senior People and HR Leaders from Private Equity and Venture Capital-backed businesses.

We connect the most ambitious, forward-thinking minds in HR.

Futurists are change makers, transformation leaders, business accelerators. We thrive on disrupting the status quo. We are the change we wish to see.

Gain access to a vetted community of HR and People Leaders from Private Equity and Venture Capital-backed businesses who understand your unique challenges. Like you, we're people focused and Futurist is all about creating individual connections to learn from each other's past successes. For us, it's always community first.

Explore Membership

Join a network of People and HR leaders at the top of their field. Form relationships with Private Equity professionals and advisors. Learn from industry and topic experts. Grow your skillset and further your career.
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1-1 Peer Support
We encourage and facilitate introductions and informal networking between our members. We take the time to understand the challenges you're facing to connect you directly with someone who has found success in that area. You don't have to go at it alone, we're in it together.
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Invite-Only Discussions
We facilitate monthly invite-only discussion groups to take a deeper dive and connect members who are struggling with a salient topic or passionate about the area we're conversing. This is about connecting members to create solutions through shared learnings and experiences.
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Expert-led
Gain access to seminars or panel discussions regarding key issues in the People space. These are led by experts to ensure you gain differing points of view on the challenges you're facing. These topics are provided by you to ensure relevancy, not just another debate to rehash old problems.
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Data and Insights
Surveys, polls, key learnings. We aggregate and collate relevant data points to provide you with a better overview of the people space. This data is gained from our network so you can trust the accuracy, relevancy and reliability. Looking for a particular dataset? Let us know, we'll sort it. 

Upcoming events

Your challenges, our events. Solution-led conversations and masterclasses designed to positively influence the outcome of obstacles you're facing in your role. Led by accomplished peers and industry experts.
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February 2023 Invite-only: Protecting Culture: Enhance, break, or build?
February 2023Invite-only: Protecting Culture: Enhance, break, or build?

Balancing the younger generation, uncertainty, tight budgets and remote working, how do we protect the cultures we’ve worked so hard to build?

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March 2023 Breakfast Brainstorm: Building a Culture of High Performance
March 2023Breakfast Brainstorm: Building a Culture of High Performance

From unleashing untapped potential to fostering a winning mindset, how do you design strategies that propel teams to greatness? Hosted by Jess Larsen, VP People at fintech unicorn, TrueLayer. 

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April 2024 Invite-only: Balance between performance and wellbeing
April 2024Invite-only: Balance between performance and wellbeing

In recent years, there has been a positive shift in employer willingness to protect the wellbeing of their employees. Has the pendulum swung too far in the other direction? How do you balance employee wellbeing with performance?

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May 2024 Breakfast Brainstorm: DEIB: How can we really move the needle
May 2024Breakfast Brainstorm: DEIB: How can we really move the needle

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging need to be more than just buzzwords. How do we go beyond surface-level initiatives and truly move the needle toward a future where every voice matters?

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June 2024 Invite-only: Aligning passion, pay, and purpose
June 2024Invite-only: Aligning passion, pay, and purpose

To incentivize today's workforce, you need to think differently. How do you create a pluralistic and agile reward programme that caters to individual prioritisation of passion, pay and purpose.

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July 2024 Invite-only: Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow
July 2024Invite-only: Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow

How do you create tension to build resilience for the internet generation? Are tomorrow's leaders equipped to succeed, or do we, as people leaders of today, need to create better environment to create growth.

Meet our team

We've assembled a team of accomplished individuals passionate about creating a space built for People Leaders. A network built for you, by people who understand you.

  • Steering Committee
  • Community Leads
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Saqi Sheikh Chief People Officer @ Dext
Saqi Sheikh Chief People Officer @ Dext
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Jon Walder VP People @ Smartly.io
Jon Walder VP People @ Smartly.io
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Kel Hartman Chief People Officer @ Paytrix
Kel Hartman Chief People Officer @ Paytrix
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Melanie Oakley Chief People Officer @ Lendinvest
Melanie Oakley Chief People Officer @ Lendinvest
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James Shelley CEO
James Shelley CEO
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Lauren Harris Head of Community
Lauren Harris Head of Community
Michelle Lind
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Michelle Lind Head of Marketing & Operations
Michelle Lind Head of Marketing & Operations
Ready to take the first step?

Here's what happens next.

All members are vetted prior to joining. This is to ensure we understand what you're looking to gain from the network to ensure the best possible fit. It's a simple process:

  1. Complete the registration form opposite.
  2. One of our team will be in contact to book in a 20min introductory call
  3. On successful registration, you'll receive a welcome pack and access to lock in your attendance to events and meet other members.