Elpie Bannister

Director of Talent, Simprints

Elpie has experienced company growth at a significant scale at Cambridge companies ARM Holdings and Simprints.

At ARM Holdings, she started out as HR Manager Europe and during her 11 years there, the company grew from 740 to over 4,000 employees. She left in 2015 as Director of Organization Effectiveness to pursue a portfolio career as a business coach before being drawn back to full-time work at Simprints.

Simprints is a not-for-profit technology startup out of Cambridge University building biometrics for beneficiary identification in developing countries. The company has more than doubled in headcount in her first year.

Finding and Nurturing Tech Talent

Every growing company is engaged in an ongoing battle for ‘talent’. There aren’t enough great developers to go around and they have plenty of choices when it comes to employment, commanding high salaries, share options, and all the perks. In this talk, Elpie and Alex will share some of their experience in finding, hiring, nurturing, and developing technical talent in a fast-growing not-for-profit company (hint: it isn’t all about the salary).

You will learn how maximizing culture, impact, and opportunities for personal development enable Simprints to hire effectively and stand out from the crowd. Those lessons are applicable to all businesses.