About this Event

What to expect?

Another much anticipated Cogito HR event –

Exploring how by disrupting the traditional mindset around performance management, organisations can create a high performing culture.

Two of THE very best Keynote Speakers:

Julian Cook – Founder & CEO of Howamigoing

James Hampton – Head of Development and Engagement at Seasalt

Discussing progressive and employee engaging approaches to managing the performance of organizations, teams and individuals. Plus through our ever-growing HR event community, see familiar faces, network with your peers and enjoy breakfast and lunch.

Why HR professionals may be interested in attending?

At the heart of a business’s success is the performance of individuals, teams and the organization as a whole.

However according to recent research by Deloitte, 58% of companies don’t even believe performance management is an effective use of time! Is it then surprising that many HR departments are continually updating their existing, aged performance management systems in an effort to achieve better results and improve process?

Unfortunately, these efforts can struggle to produce the desired outcomes… For example, ranking-and ratings-based performance management strategies often have the unintended result of reducing employee engagement and frustrating high performers.

Our Speakers will be ripping up the rule book and exploring new progressive strategies for changing organizational behaviour and, ultimately, for implementing, promoting and sustaining a high-performance culture through improved, proactive performance management.

To whom this might appeal?

HR professionals plus Business Leaders and Managers

(In particular HR Managers / HR Business Partners / HR Directors)

When & Where:

Wednesday 20th May, Gloucestershire Ground Cricket Club, Bristol


930 – Registration, Coffee, Networking

1000 – Welcome and Presentations

1230 – Lunch & Networking

1400 – Close

Ticket Admission £13.50 – Breakfast and Lunch included

Please note this will be a charitable donation


Julian Cook  Founder & CEO of Howamigoing

There weren’t many people to get feedback from in Julian’s outback Australian hometown.

That changed when he started working at Goldman Sachs in Sydney and later at J.P. Morgan in London. But despite working with hundreds of amazing colleagues around the globe – real-time praise and constructive advice rarely flowed. The technology simply wasn’t available to make giving and receiving performance-enhancing feedback easy and effective.

And so Howamigoing was born: a London-based tech company bearing a very Aussie name. The Howmies are on a mission to prevent 1 million people from having painful performance management processes.

Howamigoing was recently voted in the UK’s Top 100 Startups and also listed in the Top 10 HR Tech Solution Providers in Europe for 2019.

In addition to being Chief Feedback Officer at Howamigoing, Julian holds a degree in Pure Mathematics and Statistics from The University of Sydney. Between 2013 and 2015 he also served as a fundraising committee member for the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

But above all, he’s passionate about friends, feedback, food, wine and science.

James Hampton – Head of Development and Engagement at Seasalt

James’ varied and extensive experiences in the Military, Further Education and most recently private sector Retail at Seasalt have enabled him to take a unique view on people development and employee engagement. Since joining Seasalt in 2017, James has redesigned the learning strategy from a traditional order taker to modern business aligned provision, focussing on Leadership capability and performance.

Seeing Leadership as the key enabler to employee engagement has seen James gain recognition from the Learning and Performance Institute for Seasalt’s Leading people programme that focusses on Emotional Intelligence, Coaching and High performance teams.

James’ team also received a highly commended at the 2019 Engage awards for their use of technology for employee engagement and James awaits the results of this year’s learning awards where he is a finalist in the Learning Leader of the year category.