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

09:40-10:10          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

10:10-11:00        Plenary session: 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


Spencer Martin, Commercial Manager, Mobedia

Angela Ignam, Head of People Analytics and Insight, Aviva

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 labor market: good work agenda, brexit and implications for HR?

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

B2 – Workforce supply in a post Brexit labour market

Speaker: Caroline Waterfield, Assistant Director, NHS Employers

15:30-16:00      Afternoon coffee break

16:00-16:50         Plenary session: The importance of building an inclusive work environment  

  • the difference between talking about diversity and deliver a real sustainable impact in the workplace
  • building the foundations – the three main approaches implemented by Stonewall, the challenges encountered and the results observed
  • the challenges to address the barriers faced by employees working outside Accenture’s own offices at client sites

Speaker: Helen Moulinos, Chief Operating Officer, Stonewall

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