CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition 2018

Join over 5,000 of your colleagues at ACE: Manchester Central, 7-8 November 2018

An award-winning conference

Join over 5000 people professionals at the 71st CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition. Explore the biggest professional issues of our time, the new role of the people profession, and how to effectively drive good work and good business.

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Be inspired by the full conference programme

With 38 expert-led conference sessions, 5 dedicated content streams, 8 session formats to pick and choose, we challenge you not be inspired at the CIPD Annual Conference.

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Free exhibition registration

Register for free now and meet with over 200 leading suppliers showcasing the very latest innovations. Choose from over 60 sessions in the comprehensive free learning programme and hear from leading voices in the people profession.

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CIPD ACE 2018: Speaker highlights

Opening keynote: Rachel Botsman

Rachel Botsman, Best-Selling Author of ‘Who Can You Trust?’ and ‘What’s Mine is Yours’, Lecturer & Researcher at the University of Oxford delivering the Opening Keynote on ‘The New Era of Trust and Why it is Key for Success’.

Closing keynote: Sir Lenny Henry CBE

Comedian, Actor, Writer, TV Presenter, Co-founder of Comic Relief and Chancellor of Birmingham City University delivering an inspirational Closing Keynote on “demanding more diversity and true inclusion”.

Mayor Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham will deliver an address to delegates prior to Sir Lenny Henry’s closing keynote. Andy leads Greater Manchester on issues key to the people profession, such as education, skills and apprenticeships, and the economy more widely.

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales, former Director of human rights group Liberty delivering an ACE Talk on ‘The Reputational Risks of Data Security and Employee Digital Presence’.

John Amaechi OBE

John Amaechi OBE, Organisational Psychologist, Director of the UK’s largest NHS Trust and former NBA Basketball Player. First NBA player to come out publicly and author of “Man in the Middle” delivering an ACE Talk on ‘The Ethics of People Management – from resources to human beings’.

Dr Mee-Yan Cheung Judge

Dr Mee-Yan Cheung Judge, Founder of Quality & Equality, voted one of the 25 most influential thinkers in HR by HR Magazine in 2008. Author of “Organization Development: A Practitioner’s Guide for OD and HR” delivering an ACE Talk on ‘Why Organisational Development is the Strategic Future of HR’.

Dr Yves Morieux

Dr Yves Morieux, Senior Partner & Managing Director of the Institute for Organisation at the Boston Consulting Group. Author of “Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated” delivering an ACE Talk on ‘Managing Organisational Complexity – Smart Simplicity for an Agile Organization’.

Professor Arturo Bris

Prof. Arturo Bris, Professor of Finance and Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center. Ranked among the top one hundred most-read finance academics in the world. Author of ‘Blockchange!’ delivering an ACE Talk on ‘The Skills of Effective HR Leaders – developing contextual and systemic thinking’.

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