CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019 conference programme

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Wednesday 6 November 2019


Plenary session

Welcome address – the importance of championing Good Work

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD


Plenary session

Opening panel – making Good Work happen by focusing on skills, fairness and productivity

Rupert McNeil,
 Government Chief People Officer, Civil Service UK
Trevor Phillips OBE, Chair, Green Park Executive Recruitment
Susan Clews, Chief Executive, ACAS
Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD

Chaired by:
Naga Munchetty, Journalist, Presenter and Broadcaster

11:10 – 12:00

A1 | ACE talk

The science of leadership – unlocking human potential at work

Prof Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic,
 Professor of Business Psychology, UCL and Columbia and Chief Talent Scientist, ManpowerGroup

Chaired by:
Katie Jacobs, Senior Stakeholder Lead, CIPD

A2 | Case studies

Creating strong talent pipelines – linking learning to talent management

Tony Cooke, VP HR, Adidas
Neil Wooding, Chief People Officer, Ministry of Justice

Chaired by:
Daphne Doody, Head of Northern England, CIPD

A3 | Case studies

Reducing stress and mental health issues at work – identifying and tackling the root causes

Andrea Vogel,Former Head of People and Achievement, War Child UK 
Andrew Spells, Head of Well-being, British Council 

Chaired by:
Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser Employment Relations, CIPD

A4 | Panel discussion

Finding your fit – identifying and adopting the most suitable HR and learning tech

Louise Hall, Director of HR and OD, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust 
Lizi Marsden, Head of Organisational Development and Talent, Great Places Housing Group
Sarah Mason, Chief People Officer, Foxtons
Victoria AnthonyGroup HR Director, Galliard Homes

Chaired by:
Jonny Gifford, Senior Advisor for Organisational Behaviour, CIPD


B1 | ACE talk

Super-diversity – the dark matter that is defeating D&I and its implication for recruitment

Trevor Phillips OBE,
Writer, Broadcaster, Chair of Green Park Executive Recruitment and former President of the Partnership Council of the John Lewis Partnership 

Chaired by:
Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland

B2 | Case studies

Creating a value-driven culture to enhance the experience, well-being and mental health

Jane Miller, Head of Well-being and Inclusion, NHS Business Services Authority 
Pamela Simmons, Head of People and Wellbeing, Scottish Ballet

Chaired by:
Tony Vickers-Byrne, Chief Adviser for HR Practice, CIPD

B3 | Case studies

People analytics for well-being and workforce planning – leveraging data for long-term planning

Mark Jackson, 
Strategic Workforce Planning Manager, Nationwide Building Society
Andy Papworth, 
People Insight and Cost Management Director, Lloyds Banking Group

Chaired by:
Alyson Weeks, HR Consultant, CIPD

B4 | Panel discussion

Beyond Ulrich – tailoring the model and your team’s structure to your organisational needs

Kim Clarke, Director of HRBP and Employee Relations and Shared Services, TSB Bank
Kerry Smith, Director of People and ODBritish Heart Foundation
Anna Lees, Former OD DirectorKing’s College London
Lorenzo Giliomee, Head of People Development, Telefonica UK, O2

Chaired by:
Brad Taylor, Director of People and OD, CIPD


C1 | ACE talk

Delivering systemic change – shifting cultures and driving transformation


Andre WorwoodTransformation Director, Microsoft UK 
Sharon Hunt, HR Lead, Specialists & Customer Success, Microsoft UK

Chaired by:
Ken Cooke, Director, Marketing, Communications and Digital, CIPD

C2 | Case studies

Climbing the hierarchy of needs – supporting the financial well-being of your people

Jo Fairweather, Head of Reward and Wellbeing, OVO Energy
Michael Spiers, Chief People Officer, London City Airport

Chaired by:
Charles Cotton, Senior Performance and Reward Adviser, CIPD

C3 | Case studies

Intergenerational learning – strategies that resonate with different demographics

Allan Mole, 
Trainer and Programme Facilitator, People Development, TalkTalk
Ian Turner, Talent Director, TalkTalk
Sebastian Tindall, Head of L&D, Vitality Health

Chaired by:
Laura Overton, Award winning industry analyst

C4 | Panel discussion

Broadening up inclusion – focus on age, ethnicity, religion and neurodiversity

Ian Iceton, Managing Director of Talent, Performance and Reward (Group HR Director), River and Mercantile
Shakil Butt, Founder, HR Hero for Hire
Megan Horsburgh, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo UK & Ireland and Global disability leader
Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ACAS
Nelarine Cornelius,
 Chartered FCIPD, Vice-President Membership and Professional Development

Chaired by:
Claire McCartney, Research Advisor, CIPD

A5 | Ignite session

Developing future leaders – creating a strong pipeline of new leaders for your organisation


Raiha Azni Abd Rahman, SVP, Group HRM, Petronas
Adam Gibson, Director of Strategic Workforce Planning, Capita
Sarah Bohn, Early Careers Manager, Pret a Manger
Chris Norbury, HR Director, E.ON UK
Hannah Bauer, Global Leadership and Talent, Vodafone

Chaired by:
Stuart Haden, Learning Programmes Manager, CIPD

A6 | World Café session

The case for flexible and remote working – making it work in different contexts and getting buy-in

Wendy Tubi,
Head of People and Development, Business Stream
Francisca Burtenshaw, Senior Director HR Western Europe and Nordic Region, Prahs

Facilitated by:
David Hayden, L&D Consultant, CIPD

A7 | Open space discussions

Maintaining the human touch – managing a digital workforce effectively

Laurell Hector, Managing Director, McManus HRD
Jo Ivers, Managing Director, Rivers Learning Consultancy
Rob Baker, Founder and Director, Tailored Thinking

Chaired by:
Michelle Parry-Slater, Learning and Development Director, Kairos Modern Learning


W1 | Workshop

Effective reporting and storytelling – developing analytical and presentation skills

  • identifying the best metrics to understand the behaviour of your workforce
  • avoiding common pitfalls of data analysis to ensure you always produce reliable insights
  • effectively visualising your data and honing your analytical skills to make connections and communicate them with clarity
  • developing presentation and storytelling skills to better articulate your insights and gain buy-in from stakeholders

Kerry Hart, Data Communications Consultant and Trainer

W2 | Workshop

Adding value as a successful business partner – developing business and contextual savviness

  • partnering effectively with different business areas and stakeholders to achieve objectives
  • enhancing your own skills and business mindset to become a competent and trusted business adviser
  • supporting leaders to increase employee engagement and manage business change effectively
  • developing a holistic view of your organisation’s strategy to offer objective guidance on meeting targets

Debra Corey, Chief ‘Pay it Forward’ Officer, DebCo HR LTD

W3 | Workshop

Employment law update – focus on implications of Brexit, pay gap reporting and international recruitment

  • addressing the challenge of pay gap reporting to comply with the requirements and make a positive impact in your organisation
  • understanding the implications of Brexit for employment law and recruitment, and how you can plan ahead effectively
  • update on tax rules to ensure that your organisation complies with the latest changes related to IR35 and settlement payments
  • learning from recent cases and new developments to effectively meet upcoming legal requirements, including on parental leave and pay policies

Sharon Tan, Partner, Mishcon de Reya
Will Winch, Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya

Chaired by:
Paddy Smith, Public Affairs Manager, CIPD


Closing keynote

The power of shared purpose – creating value to drive innovation-led and inclusive growth

Prof Mariana Mazzucato, Professor of Innovation and Public Value at UCL, Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, and Author of ‘The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy’


Plenary session

Closing remarks – Applying the learning

David D’Souza, Membership Director, CIPD