CIPD Annual Conference 2019, 6-7 November 

Your guide to the most comprehensive two-day conference in the UK

From driving good work and effectively managing change, to increasing well-being, experience and inclusion, create your own bespoke path through the CIPD Annual Conference 2019 programme to focus on what really matters to you and your organisation.

As the world of work changes around us, sustained socio-political and economic uncertainty challenges business stability and increasingly drives decisions, the role of the people profession has never been more critical. Driving good work and good business must become more than an aspiration to ensure that our organisations survive and our people thrive. 

Our purpose has never been so important. We must now raise our voice to create meaningful work and opportunities, support businesses and enable working environments that help get the best out of our people. We must deliver great organisational outcomes to drive our economies and make good, fair and inclusive work a societal outcome.


Each year, the CIPD Annual Conference attracts an unrivalled speaker lineup of established practitioners and thought leaders to deliver sessions that are intricately designed in response to your working needs and challenges.

In 2019, we welcome 100+ speakers from leading companies such as: Acas, Adidas, AXA UK, Barnett Waddingham, BBC, British Council, British Heart Foundation, Capita, Civil Service UK, CYBG plc, E.ON UK, Edinburgh Napier University, Ford of Europe, Foxtons, Fujitsu, Heathrow, Homeserve, House of Lords, King’s College London, Lloyd’s of London, London Stock Exchange, Microsoft, Ministry of Justice, Nando’s, Network Rail, NHS, O2 (Telefónica UK), OVO Energy, Philips, Prahs, Pret A Manger, Ryanair, Salvation Army, Sodexo, SSE, TalkTalk, Tesco Bank, The LEGO Group, TSB Bank, Vitality Heath, Wagamama, Wellcome Trust, Workday and many more.



Well-being, Inclusion and Flexible Working
Increasing mental health and reducing stress at work. Enabling inclusive cultures, flexible and remote working. Tackling bullying and harassment and reducing the gender and ethnicity pay gap. Focus on BAME and neurodiversity.

Technology, Analytics and Evidence-based Decisions
Leveraging data and analytics for workforce planning and evidence-based decisions. Identifying and implementing the most appropriate HR and learning technologies for the organisation. Enabling and managing more digital environments and workforces. Sponsored by Workday.

Professionalism, Voice and Change Management
Finding the courage to speak up and stand up for what’s right. Increasing our influencing skills, driving good work and managing change effectively. Enhancing your OD and HRBP skills and finding new models to organise your team.

Engagement, Experience and People Management
Increasing employee experience, going beyond traditional engagement surveys and performance management. Managing people across borders. Focusing on financial well-being and employee benefits, and understanding the changes to employment law. Sponsored by Barnett Waddingham.

Learning, Recruitment and Talent Management
Developing an effective learning strategy linked to talent management. Focus on the development of line managers and the attraction of new talent nationally and internationally. Responding to the needs of different demographics and developing effective leaders.


A variety of session formats to help you stay engaged and energised:

Opening and closing sessions to provoke and inspire you to action

ACE talks
Mini-keynotes from high-profile authors and thought leaders

Case studies
Real examples from organisations leading the way

Panel discussions
Ask your questions to expert panels discussing the latest insights

Longer sessions for practical learning to apply in your own organisation 

Ignite sessions
Short and fast-paced presentations followed by an expert discussion

World Cafés
Move around tables to compare challenges and find solutions with peers

Open space discussion
Facilitated discussions around flip-charts to solve issues together