CIPD Midlands Annual Event 2018 programme

Join our host of experts at this essential one-day event.

Please pick one afternoon session from the following:

  • Workshop A – Leading through extraordinary events
  • Workshop B – Threats, reward, performance, drive: Who we are and how we work
  • Workshop C – Manager as coach: It’s not the soft stuff, it’s the hard stuff!
  • Workshop D – Employee engagement case study: Trailblazing at Kerry Foods!
Day 1
13 Oct 2018

Optional breakfast session: Create a workforce of self-leaders

Peter Brent – Senior Consulting Partner at The Ken Blanchard Companies. If your people don’t reach their full potential.. neither will your organisation. Organisations need self-motivated employees who improve corporate productivity and profitability, effectively manage themselves and create an emotional engagement with the customers they serve.  When you arm your employees with the self-leadership mindset and skill set, you build an empowered workforce that is productive, innovative and passionate about their work. Self-leadership is designed to teach individuals how to become empowered self-leaders who accept responsibility and take initiative for their own success by examining motivation, confidence, knowledge and skill....
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Peter Brent

Registration, networking, exhibition and coffee

Welcome and introduction

Join Angela Roberts, CIPD Midlands Area Partnership, as she introduces the key themes of the event.
Angela Roberts
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Angela Roberts

Opening keynote: The role of the HR professional here and now

Peter Cheese – Chief Executive of CIPD. Peter will provide an overview of the challenges currently facing the HR profession and the role of the HR professional in addressing these: a wide ranging set of issues including the skills gaps of people managers, gender and diversity in organisations and economic uncertainties such as Brexit. The session is designed so that following his presentation you’ll have time to reflect and discuss the key themes in groups, and to identify the critical questions that you want to raise with him.  There will then be time to put your questions to Peter in...
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Peter Cheese, CIPD

HR Street market and lunch

New for this year’s event is the ‘HR Street Market’, an extended lunchtime session filled with interactive sessions, exhibitor demonstrations and valuable networking time. Please see below for more information on the available sessions and activities. 12:00 – 13:00   During this hour you will be able to: Grab lunch & a coffee and drop into a session Visit the exhibition stands for demonstrations Visit the CIPD stand and network with your fellow CIPD Midlands members Seek advice on upgrading your CIPD membership in Kenilworth 2 & 3, led by John Kenney, CIPD Midlands Area Partnership 12:00 – 12:25 Benefits of...
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Workshop A – Leading through extraordinary events

We live in a world of uncertainty, where small issues can escalate into a crisis, with CEO’s quickly facing share price drops and personal consequences. The radical transparency of the connected world means that leaders need to demonstrate ethical maturity to do the right thing when the chips are down. Extraordinary events stir up emotions and in HR we need to build our capacity to thrive in these circumstances, and also understand our role in helping our organisations to respond with humanity and enable staff advocacy. In this workshop, Carrie will share experiences from her 10 years at HR Director...
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Carrie Birmingham

Workshop B – Threats, reward, performance, drive: Who we are and how we work

This workshop will explore how lessons from recent science can be applied to people, work and play. Is engagement and autonomy really enough? How can leaders and organisations leverage trust to evoke a sense of duty and what must we consider to increase perception, creativity and drive?
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Spencer Martin

Workshop C – Manager as coach: It’s not the soft stuff, it’s the hard stuff!

In this interactive workshop, Kim Morgan will look at the WHY and the HOW of being a manager who uses coaching alongside other leadership styles. There will be a number of short “buzz” sessions for delegates to practice some coaching techniques in pairs or small groups. Kim will share stories and examples from her experiences of working with individuals, organisations and teams to develop a coaching culture. Kim’s approach is down to earth, pragmatic, real and can be summed up by one of her favourite sayings about change “the smallest changes can make the biggest difference.” The workshop will cover:...
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Kim Morgan

Workshop D – Employee engagement case study: Trailblazing at Kerry Foods!

Kerry Foods is a leading supplier of chilled and frozen food products in the UK, Ireland and selected European markets with over 6,000 colleagues based at 20 sites. In 2016, the Kerry Foods Story was created to introduce a set of new values to the business. To help embed these new values, Kerry Foods created the ‘Trailblazers initiative’, designed to win the hearts and minds of everyone within the business and to build the belief that everyone has a part to play in the future of Kerry Foods. Trailblazers challenged employees to define the future of food – Kerry Foods...
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Sam Wothers

Afternoon break

Closing keynote: HR as a positive leader of change

Fiona Evans – HR Director at Zoological Society of London. When Fiona Evans arrived at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in 2014, she found that HR was very much the poor relation at the organisation and limited to reactive, operational activities. ZSL has 1000 employees and 400 volunteers working in the UK and overseas, and a history spanning back to 1826. Fiona saw the opportunity to make HR much more strategic and contribute more strongly to the overriding purpose of the organisation. In this session, Fiona will share her vision for how HR can add value and be a...
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Fiona Evans

Event review