CIPD Northern Annual Conference

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Northern Annual
Conference 2021

6 May 2021 | Online

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In the midst of uncertainty and socio-economic disruption, businesses have been forced to adapt, react, and implement some of the most radical changes in the way they operate. Business leaders and the people profession have had to act together to reassess priorities, rethink future strategies, cherish and support their people while meeting business objectives.

In this rapidly changing world of work, the purpose of the people profession hasn’t changed, and what’s more, it’s become even more important. Work can and should be a force for good. It should be fair, meaningful and productive for the benefit of people, organisations and society as a whole

The people profession is in a unique position to drive this agenda and must step up to the challenge to enable purposeful jobs, ethical practices, and safe and inclusive work environments for all.

Driving good work requires a fundamental shift in the role we play in organisations. We need to effectively influence organisations to create meaningful opportunities, embed ethical practices and cherish people while meeting business objectives.

This year’s online CIPD Northern Annual Conference is your opportunity to connect with the Good Work agenda and learn how it will drive the future of our profession. With a mix of keynotes, panels, case studies and research-focused presentations, you will have the chance to hear the latest CIPD insights, learn from the experiences of other local and national organisations tackling today’s pressing issues.



Day 1
06 May 2021
Daphne Doody-Green123
Daphne Doody-Green

Chair’s welcome remarks

Sarah Longlands123
Sarah Longlands

Joint Q&A with Peter Cheese and Sarah Longlands.

10:45 - 11:00

Morning break

Sarah Blake123
Sarah Blake

A1 — How do you make Good Work a reality?

Sebastian Tindall123
Sebastian Tindall

B1 — Focusing on young people to build your talent pipeline

Sally Otley123
Sally Otley

A2 — Panel discussion — Managing conflict in the workplace — Creating cultures to speak up 

Chris Jones123
Chris Jones

B2 — Engagement and Employee voice — How to leverage your employees’ voice to build productive and innovative workplace practices 

12:40 - 13:30

Networking lunch

Scott Young123
Scott Young

A3 —  Panel discussion — What does flexible working really mean in a post-pandemic world?

Dr Elouise Leonard-Cross123
Dr Elouise Leonard-Cross

B3 — Developing future skills — Reskilling people to be ready for the future

James Proctor123
James Proctor

CIPD insight — People Profession 2030 

Prof Sir Cary Cooper123
Prof Sir Cary Cooper

Closing keynote: Wellbeing lessons from Covid and beyond — Unlocking sustainable business success 

Daphne Doody-Green123
Daphne Doody-Green

Chair’s closing remarks