13 May 2021 | Online

Northern Ireland

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Thanks for attending the online CIPD Northern Ireland Annual Conference

With no doubt business has been disrupted and will not necessarily go back to normal. Instead, the current disruption has changed and continues to change the landscape of businesses and working life as we know it.

So how does the people profession react to the challenges, reassess what they do, reconfigure their companies and reinvent their activities to adapt to the disruption and prepare for the new normal?

Join us online on the 13 May at the CIPD Northern Ireland Annual Conference to hear from leading organisations including FinTru, Smurfit Kappa, Southern Health & Social Care Trust and Sensata on how they navigated the uncertainty and socio-economic disruption of the past year. A crisis like this brings new opportunities and should be a trigger to explore new directions and the conference will be your opportunity for this.

Be inspired throughout the day by a mix of great organisational case studies, panel discussions and motivational plenary sessions that will cover topical discussion and unmissable insights including: 

  • how best to develop and support your line managers to achieve organisational success
  • how to support your organisations and people in times of crisis
  • wellbeing lessons from Coronavirus and how to use them to your organisation’s advantage
  • how to create inclusive work cultures that harness the benefits of diversity
  • how to truly make flexible working a reality
  • the impact COVID-19 had on the future of Northern Ireland’s skills development system.


Day 1
13 May 2021
Lee Ann Panglea
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Lee Ann Panglea

Welcome address

Mandy Hickson123
Mandy Hickson

Thought Leader – Building and empowering effective teams in challenging times

10:50 - 11:00

Morning Break

Anita Lucas123
Anita Lucas

Stream A – Leading business | Developing and supporting your line managers effectively to achieve business success

Martin McCracken123
Martin McCracken

Stream B – Leading teams | Why a focus on job quality in Northern Ireland is crucial to our post-pandemic recovery

David Hayden123
David Hayden

Stream A – Leading business | Case study – Supporting organisations in times of crisis 

Catherine McGinnity123
Catherine McGinnity

Stream B – Leading teams | Case study – How to create inclusive work cultures that harness the proven benefits of diversity.

12:25 - 13:00

Networking lunch break

Gerwyn Davies123
Gerwyn Davies

Stream A – Leading business | Employment Law – Beyond Brexit, Covid and Borders

Amanda Donaghy123
Amanda Donaghy

Stream B – Leading teams | Panel discussion – Driving efficiencies, enhancing productivity and boosting peoples’ engagement through flexible working

Graeme Wilkinson123
Graeme Wilkinson

Panel discussion – Skills development during COVID-19 and beyond – Lessons for the future 

Lee Ann Panglea
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Lee Ann Panglea

Closing remarks

Meet the speakers