CIPD Midlands Annual Event – Programme

CIPD Midlands Annual Event 2019 programme

09:15 – 10:00     Registration, exhibition and networking coffee

10:00-10:10          Welcome address

Speaker: Virginia Perkins, CIPD Branch Chair, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire


10:10-10:40          Opening keynote: raising the voice of the people profession

This opening keynote will discuss:

  • the role of the people profession in driving good work
  • the importance of driving ethical behaviour and ethical decisions

Speaker: David D’Souza, Membership Director, CIPD 


10:40-11:20      Taking an evidence based approach to diversity and inclusion

  • designing more effective D&I initiatives embracing an evidence-based approach 
  • exploring the right key metrics to understand how your workforce interact  

Speaker: Rob Briner, Professor of Organizational Psychology, Scientific Director, Queen Mary University of London, Center for Evidence-Based Management


11:20-11:30     Joint discussion and Q&A


Rob Briner, Professor of Organizational Psychology, Scientific Director, Queen Mary University of London, Center for Evidence-Based Management

David D’Souza, Membership Director, CIPD 


11:30-12:00     Morning coffee break and networking

12:00-13:00      Breakout sessions

A1 – Case study – enabling well-being in organisations

  • a holistic view of how well-being is brought to life in John Lewis Partnership
  • analysing the various levels of engagement, and  how the implementation of well-being’ initiatives can make a positive impact in your organisation


Nick Davison, Head of Health Services, John Lewis Partnership 

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

A2 – Case study – creating a diverse and inclusive culture in your organisation 

  • exploring the tribe5 Diversity & Inclusion methodology through a variety of case studies to embed in your organisation positive change towards inclusion
  • a five step framework and clear guidance to enable your organisation to move its diversity and inclusion strategy forward with confidence  


Teresa Boughey, Founder and CEO, Jungle HR Ltd.& Jungle Diversity

A3 – Interactive session – embracing flexible and remote working to further productivity 

  • understanding why flexible working matters for your people and the economy 
  • exploring the challenges of and embedding a flexible working culture in your organisation 


Jennifer McClellan, Divisional HR Business Partner – ADS&T, Atkins

Lisa Tomlinson, Head of People and Commercial Development, Fircroft College 

13:00-14:20     HR street market – lunch and networking

14:20-15:20      Breakout sessions

B1 – Interactive session – building resilience: for individuals and organisations

  • learning how to build and maintain resilience through simple tools and techniques that will supercharge your effectiveness and success
  • exploring how to use these crucial skills to impact and enhance organisational  resilience and performance  


Jo Banks, Owner, What Next Consultancy 

B2 – Interactive session – furthering diversity and flexibility in the workplace

  • learning how the CIPD is helping its members to create an inclusive and supportive work environment 
  • exploring the work of Professor Sir Cary Cooper’s National Forum to improve health and well-being at work


Tony Vickers-Byrne, Chief Adviser for HR Practice, CIPD

B3 – Interactive session – the employee as a customer of the organisation

  • understanding the role of Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence in developing employees as valued customers of the organization
  • exploring the work of Sinek and Edmondson on the topic of Psychological Safety and how it can help support employee development


Sandra Thompson, Applied Customer Experience, Course Founder and Lead, Exceed all Expectations 

15:20-15:40      Afternoon coffee break and networking

15:40-16:25       Closing keynote – the key to motivation and collaboration 

  • exploring the incredible journey to the depths of the biggest natural disaster in our living history
  • discovering what is at the core of humanity, the truth behind motivation and the power of successful collaboration


Michelle Mills-Porter, Managing Director, Mmp

16:25-16:30          Chair’s closing remarks

Chair: Shakil Butt, Honorary Treasurer, CIPD