Devonshire House Network

Devonshire House is a people-focused membership club for Director-level professionals in leadership roles
who have an instinctive focus on the human side of enterprise.

Coronavirus update

As you will no doubt expect, Coronavirus has and is disrupting our business – as it will be doing for virtually all businesses and the people involved with them.  But whenever recovery happens – and whatever shape it takes  –  all of us will be massively focussed on making up for all the lost time, income foregone and moving away from that frustrating absence of order and routine.  But, emerging from all that fog, will be new ideas, new contacts, new approaches and – maybe not all that obvious – new opportunities.  Devonshire House wants to be a valuable part of this process for you. We are changing the dates of our Events so that they can actually happen; we have two more topical and very relevant Events to add to our current Programme and we are  increasing the interactivity and inclusiveness  of our online communications with our Members and other contacts.

Revised and Updated DHN Events Programme. 

Whilst it is and will be mostly about changing dates, we are also pleased to announce two new topical and important Events that are now emerging from the development phase.  The first one will be on 8.7.20 and hosted by BDO.  The second one will be in the Autumn – “Challenges for Communicators.”  Of course, all depends on Coronavirus. But please see our revised Programme as it emerges.

Of particular note is our event scheduled for 22.4.20 – “Are we all now Gigworkers”.  This has now been rescheduled for September. But there are features about this that make this Panel Discussion hugely relevant in this current situation –  sensitive to potential changes in our working world  that may well take place post Coronavirus.  Will established employment models be challenged – will they change?  Will there be widespread redundancies?  Or one-off deals done – as employers run short of sales and/or of money? How will employers handle homeworking – either paying for it and/or simply making it possible?  Will some employers offer shares instead of money?  Will work content and deliverables be adapted to new circumstances?  How will current legislation handle these changes?  

There will be lots of questions – some old ones – but maybe with a new slant; many new ones; some that don’t really seem to have answers – yet. There will be difficult debates about how employers price work done during disrupted times – if you are off site or there is not enough work to do or some extra leave is enforced.  So much of this is going to be unprecedented, intractable, unavoidable.  But, surely, there will be good prizes for those who can get it right.

Our plan is to write the story of a Panel Discussion that hasn’t yet taken place!  Will there be a new order?  What will it look like? More info anon.

Devonshire House members and contacts will know about our companion business – Working Free Ltd is a specialist career advisory consultancy supporting senior Director-level executives coming off the permanent payroll into an independent working lifestyle. It is a highly specialist senior management outplacement product. Our clients are primarily corporates supporting their senior people but we also work with individuals. Unsettled periods of major change call for creative management of businesses and also of career options.

Our purpose, at Devonshire House, is to create for our members thinking time and space for key business issues, and where people make the difference.

Delivered primarily through our broad range of high-level Speaker Events, Director Forums, DHN Debates and peer-to-peer networking, our Members and Members’ guests discover more about organisations and how the effectiveness of their people can be nurtured and grown.

At the heart of Devonshire House are senior decision makers keen to discover and explore original thinking and information generated from all the Events we promote.

Devonshire House exists for the benefit of its Stakeholders. These are Partner Firms, Sponsors, Reciprocal Arrangements, Corporate Members and Personal Members– and to these, Devonshire House seeks to offer another route to market. We also go out of our way to benefit Members Guests and our Speakers where mutual opportunities arise. Our aim is to cover our operations and development costs.

Here we publish more substantive material – which we refer to as Occasional Papers – and which arise out of our Events and Talks or otherwise through our Members – broadly in tune with our purpose:

Please also visit our latest news page.

DHN Effective Leadership Notes - 22.10.18

DHTalks – The Truth About Jobs 02.10.18

Prof. Vernon Bogdanor speaks at DHN 28.02.18

Patrick McLoughlin Speaks at DHN 29.11.16

Leave or Stay? What does British business want from the EU?

Devonshire House Best Reads

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