Hear tales of the people profession come to life

The People Library

Not your typical library. Pop by The People Library and hear tales of the people profession come to life.

The desire to learn from each other has never been greater. Browse through the stories available and ‘check out’ a storyteller that intrigues you, who will then tell their story through dialogue.

You’ll be able to hear, first-hand, experiences from a wide variety of people – whether they have faced great adversity, tackled challenges or have grown in different ways. Stories include:

  • Step outside: co-creating coaching conversations with nature
  • Work is good: purpose and meaning in sustainable return to work
  • Working alongside being a foster carer and/or adopter with a fostering friendly employer

Meet the storytellers

Step outside: co-creating coaching conversations with nature – Anna-Marie Watson
For Anna-Marie growing up was “free range” in an outdoor environment with freedom to roam, think, feel, and explore. Gain insights into how nature can support coaching conversations to create change.
3 November 14:00-15:00 and 4 November 11:00-12:00 only

Sustainable returns to work; the importance of purpose and meaning in recovery – Debbie Watt
An actual return to work for a colleague may seem easy, but a sustainable return to work is much harder to achieve. Gain insights from Debbie who has worked for over 17 years as a Vocational Coaching Psychologist on how to empower individuals in their own recovery.
All sessions

Scar tissue: the hidden challenges of invisible disability – Emma Brookes
Sharing personal journeys reduces stigma and misunderstanding and establishes more compassionate workplaces. Emma explores the value and impact from speaking openly in her workplace about her experiences with mental health and chronic pain issues. 
3 November 11:00-12:00 only

Fast-track career change: lessons from changing career and country during the pandemic – Emma Clayton
The pandemic has impacted us all; but for Emma it resulted in a career change into HR and a move from Barcelona to Manchester. Come and reflect on lessons you can apply for yourself and in supporting others in fast-track career change journeys!
3 November 14:00-15:00 and 4 November 11:00-12:00 only

Achieving work-life balance in a hybrid world – Gary Cookson
Drawing on personal anecdotes and learning, Gary will help you understand the key challenges inherent in achieving work-life balance whilst operating in a hybrid working environment.
All sessions

Modern slavery: closer than you may think! – Gavin Heryng
With an estimated 136,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK; many are being forced to work in the supply chains of companies with notable brands. Come and reflect on that fact that modern slavery might be closer than you think. 
4 November 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00 only

Using what you’ve got to do good: the story of “Connecting HR for Justice” – Ian Pettigrew
Come and be inspired as to how HR can make a difference on issues of justice. Hear the story of how Connecting HR for Justice has enabled HR professionals to use their skills to make a positive social impact in the world.
3 November 11:00-12:00 and 4 November 11:00-12:00, and 14:00-15:00 only

Developing coaching capability: It’s a piece of CAKE, or is it? – Margaret Burnside
Be inspired to develop your in-house coaching capability in a sustainable way for skill building and leadership culture shift to create a genuinely empowered workforce.
4 November 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00 only

Psychologically safe conflict – Marie Coombes
Come and explore the keys to constructive versus destructive conflict, and the latter’s cause-and-effect relationship with poor mental health. 
3 November 11:00-12:00 only

Strategic well-being: a step-by-step guide and story – Marta Davenport
Come and hear a practical account of how wellbeing can be implemented at strategic with a simple step-by-step guide as to how it was done.
All sessions

Where the light enters me: valuing my scars – Martin York
Gain insights into how to value “scars” as a means to reassess life priorities and make a positive career move through Martin’s account of being impacted by redundancy and a significant, unexpected change in mental health. 
All sessions

Everyday coaching – a new organisational design mindset – Mike Shaw
Come and gain insights into how to empower, challenge, refocus, and innovate an organisation through the power of a coaching-style conversation approach for all staff.
3 November 14:00-15:00 and 4 November 11:00-12:00, and 14:00-15:00 only

Being a “fostering-friendly employer”: working effectively alongside staff who foster and adopt – David Gillick, Nicola Manwaring and Sarah-Jane Leydon
Gain key insights about how to be a “Fostering-friendly” employer with practical experiences of working with National Fostering Group to develop a specific policy dedicated to supporting foster carers and adopters with an organisation.
All sessions

How getting your pencils out can make you more effective at work – Rachel Burnham
Don’t underestimate how simple drawings enhance effective working. See practical ideas of sketches, that anyone can adopt, to help with planning, thinking, idea sharing, note taking and reflection. It’s time to tap into your hidden creativity! 
3 November 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00, and 4 November 14:00-15:00 only

Let’s talk menopause: how my story was put into practice at the CIPD – Rachel Suff
Hear about the ground-breaking CIPD project to create menopause-friendly workplaces. Rachel shares her personal experience of this journey and the need for more awareness at work to break down menopause stigma and ensure support is provided. 
3 November 14:00-15:00 only

Five under five: some do’s and don’ts of supporting parents returning to work – Samantha Lubanzu
What does it take to create a supportive “return to work” environment for parents? Hear Samantha’s story of having five children under five and the consequences for the individual and organisation of getting it right… and wrong!
4 November 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00 only

Learning through mistakes; how can we most benefit from these vital moments? – Andy Lancaster
Mistakes provide some of our most powerful learning experiences. But in many organisations, they are taboo. Explore some practical ways to harness mistakes for learning and performance improvement including emerging technologies.
3 November 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00 only

From music to marketing – my apprenticeship journey – Megan Preece
Sometimes taking a step backwards can allow you to take 5 steps forwards. Megan highlights the value of apprenticeships and how one enabled her to move from a degree in Music to a career in digital marketing.
4 November 14:00-15:00 only

Apprenticeships: the immense value of non-traditional learning on careers and well-being – Oskar Moss
A traditional academic learning route is not for all. Come and hear how an apprenticeship can have a positive impact on a career and well-being.
4 November 14:00-15:00 only

Changing the conversation around diversity in technology careers … and beyond – Annie Mbako
Find out how we can help adults from underrepresented groups obtain work and increase diversity in the tech careers and beyond.
3 November 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00 only

How to effectively manage recruitment in a rapidly growing business – Jennifer Hulme
How can you adapt quickly, to survive and evidently to thrive when faced with a sudden spike in recruitment needs?
3 November 14:00-15:00 and 4 November 14:00-15:00 only

Putting data at the heart of HR without forgetting we’re people professionals – Sam McVaigh 
Key steps to champion the use of data in your organisation from not being sure how many staff you have to predictive analysis and data informed workforce planning.
4 November 11:00-12:00 only

HR skills: The foundation for an executive leadership role – Lynne Ridsdale
Using HR experience and competencies to inform your leadership and career progression to be effective at Board level.
3 November 14:00-15:00 only

Our environment makes us who we are – Michelle Parry-Slater
The location of work and learning matters? Gain insights into the impact of our environment on thinking, creativity, belonging, engagement and successful performance.
3 November 11:00-12:00 and 4 November 11:00-12:00, and 14:00-15:00 only

From parcel delivery to learning delivery:  insights into to career progression – Simon Garrett
A powerful story with insights on career progression and delivering challenging and diverse learning solutions.
All sessions