CIPD Northern Annual Conference – Programme

CIPD Northern Annual Conference 2019 programme

08:30-09:30      Registration and morning coffee

09:30-09:40          Welcome address from conference chair

Conference chair: Daphne Doody, Head of Northern England, CIPD

09:40-10:20          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
  • what the future holds for the people profession

Speaker: Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD

10:20-11:00       Why well-being matters

  • exploring the definitions and measurements around well-being, and why it matters
  • explains the link between well-being, a fairer society and making the economic case for prevention
  • describes key factors that influence well-being building on the UK’s world-leading science

Speaker: Dr Paul Litchfield, Chair, What Works Centre for Wellbeing, former Chief Medical Officer, BT

11:00-11:30      Morning coffee break

11:30-12:30      Breakout sessions: case studies

A1 – Enabling well-being in organisations

This will explore:

  • creating an inclusive incorporating financial culture to drive a better well-being strategy
  • the impact of a holistic well-being strategy
  • the importance of mental health and its impact on the bottom line


Karen Beaven, Multi Award Winning HR Director & Author of “Strategic Human Resource Management”

Andrew Spells, Head of Well-being, British Council

Chair: Gary Cookson, Director, EPIC HR

B1 – Creating truly inclusive organisation environments

This will explore:

  • how to build an inclusive culture to drive better diversity
  • making people feel included day-to-day, employee voice, experience and engagement
  • the potential creative power of neurodiverse teams


Caroline Turner, Neurodiversity Consultant, Creased Puddle

Jodie WIlliams, Top 100 Northern Power Women Future List, Director, Our Mel Melanin Festival

Chair: Ema Perks, Lancashire Branch Chair, CIPD

C1 – Embracing technology and digital working in the way we work

This will explore:

  • how to implement different digital learning methods to engage all learners
  • exploring how technology is helping L&D to prepare for the future
  • how organisations can benefit from using technology for their recruitment processes


Angela Ignam, Head of People Analytics and Insight, Aviva

Ioannis Nerantzakis, HR Business Intelligence Lead, Lloyd’s Register

Lizi Marsden, Head of Organisational Development and Talent, Great Places Housing Group

Chair: Peter McLinn, Chair, Northern Area Partnership


12:30-13:30      Networking lunch

13:30-14:20          Panel discussion: the regional challenges of embracing technology, well-being and inclusion

This panel discussion will focus on the regional challenges that organisations and HR professionals are encountering in implementing new technologies, embracing an open culture on employees’ well-being and mental health, and encouraging a more inclusive workplace.


Carmen Drinkwater, HRD for HR Shared Services, Sodexo

Sally Bucknell, Director, Diversity & Inclusiveness, EY

Dr.Sheena Johnson, Occupational Psychologist & Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychologist, Alliance Manchester Business School  

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

14:30-15:30      Breakout sessions: interactive sessions

A2 – Northern region labour market: good work agenda, brexit and implications for HR?

Speaker: John McGurk, Head of Policy and Insights UK Nations and Regions, CIPD

15:30-16:00      Afternoon coffee break

16:00-16:50         Future proof your business. Put diversity and inclusion on autopilot

This session will explore:

  • The common challenges businesses face in achieving their diversity and inclusion objectives? And the benefits if you can overcome them.
  • Some “stumbling blocks” to look out for when trying to execute diversity and inclusion plans successfully?
  • Solutions for hardwiring inclusion into your organisation so that diversity becomes business as usual?

Speaker: Toby Mildon, D&I Consultant, Mildon

16:50-17:00          Closing remarks from conference chair