CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition

3-4 November 2021
Manchester Central and online

The CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition is the flagship event serving the heartland of the people profession. Whether you attend in-person at Manchester Central or online, this is your opportunity to reconnect with a global community of people professionals and rebuild a better future for people in the workplace.

Conference speakers

Be inspired by leading practitioners and experts with extraordinary stories from within the people profession and beyond.

Aneela McKenna

Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Scottish Parliament

Bernadette Thompson OBE

Deputy Director for Inclusion, Wellbeing and Employee Engagement in the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
Bola Ogundeji

Bola Ogundeji

Deputy Director of Workforce and OD, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
David Lammy

David Lammy

Labour MP and Shadow Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary

Emma Codd

Global Inclusion Leader, Deloitte

Katie O’Connor

Director, Global Regulatory Affairs and Disability Workstream Lead, Pfizer
Laura Pettitt

Laura Pettitt

Learning and Leadership Development, the LEGO® Group
Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton

Professor of Management Practice, London Business School and Leader of the Future of Work Research Consortium

Paul Deemer

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers

Sandra Kerr

Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

The disruption which the pandemic has caused to work, society and the economy has created a unique opportunity for us to recast all three into a new, better mould. There is a widespread acceptance that the quality of working lives can be radically improved – and the people profession will have a pivotal role in how this is defined.

Discover how to use this window of opportunity to boost responsible business – by optimising the new world of hybrid working, making a step change in engagement and inclusion and gearing up for transformational change. Now is the time to take on board the lessons learnt of the pandemic and play an active, leading role in creating a more purposeful, inclusive and productive working culture and environment.

Gain new perspectives

Be inspired by leading HR practitioners and people with extraordinary stories from beyond the people profession, as they share insights into challenges facing organisations today so you can enhance your own strategies.

Discover new suppliers

Get ahead and quickly get a feel of the latest products and services first-hand, all in one place - saving you hours of research. Including HR technology, L&D, wellbeing, reward and benefits, inclusion and diversity, and much more.

Reconnect with the community

Enjoy the buzz of the exhibition floor, jam-packed with new and immersive networking spaces to engage and catch up with peers. From two stages of Insights sessions to Big Questions Live, there's plenty of dynamic experiences to get involved with.

CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, 3-4 November 2021
CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, 3-4 November 2021
Your health and wellbeing

We are looking forward to reconnecting the people profession at face-to-face events. The CIPD and Haymarket Media Group (who deliver events on behalf of the CIPD) continue to follow the guidelines set out by the government and closely monitor the situation with regard to Covid-19 on a regular basis. 

The health and safety of event attendees is our top priority. To keep everyone safe, we ask that everyone attending in-person takes a lateral flow test prior to the event. If you get a positive result or are unable to attend the event due to any other Covid related issue, we will transfer you to an online ticket and refund any difference in the ticket price only.* You will then be able to view all sessions streamed live, or on-demand for three months after the event takes place.

We will work closely with the venue to ensure that protocols are in place to adhere to the government guidelines. More details on the safety measures are on the FAQs page. 

*In the case that you are unable to attend, please contact your accommodation and/or travel provider directly to request a refund if possible.

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