12 May 2022 | Belfast

Northern Ireland

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Join the CIPD Northern Ireland Annual Conference — People-driven workforce transformation

In 2022, the people profession will be driving transformation in work, to create more purposeful, inclusive, and productive working cultures and environments.

Organisations in Northern Ireland need the people profession to play an active role in building and supporting responsible businesses through prioritising health and wellbeing, employment and skills and diversity and inclusion.

Many industries have faced months of forced working from home, which means that hybrid and flexible working has now become a reality for many, but not all – so how do we adopt the right approach for our own organisation’s needs and the diverse requirements of our people?

This year’s CIPD Northern Ireland Annual Conference will be your opportunity to connect with your fellow practitioners in person to learn how you can help transform the world of work and working places. With a mix of keynotes, panels, case studies and research-focused presentations, you will have the chance to hear the latest CIPD insights, and learn from the experiences of other organisations, to solve the most pressing issues affecting organisations in Northern Ireland today.


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Meet the speakers


Day 1
12 May 2022

Registration and morning coffee

Susan Hayman
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Susan Hayman

Welcome address from conference chair

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Veronica Hope Hailey

In-conversation: Responsible businesses through crisis – senior leaders on building a new culture through trust

11:00 - 11:30

Morning break: Coffee break and networking time

11:30 - 12:20

Breakout sessions 1

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Will Young

A1 In-conversation: Good people management as the driver of job quality – looking beyond the pandemic

Stephen Pobjoy
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Stephen Pobjoy

A2 Case study: An evidence based approach to wellbeing in the workplace

Barbara McKiernan
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Barbara McKiernan

A3 Presentation: The talent puzzle – why are so many organisations struggling to recruit and what can we do about it?

12:20 - 13:20

Networking lunch

Gillian McAuley
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Gillian McAuley

Plenary panel: Developing future skills to adapt to changing workplaces

14:20 - 15:10

Breakout session 2

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Elaine Fugard

B1 Case study: The reinvention of learning – how has the pandemic reshaped organisational learning?

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David Johnston

B2 Panel discussion: Inclusion – creating inclusive workplaces

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Stephen Killilea Hannon

B3 Panel discussion: One million chances – helping young people understand their career options

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon break

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Izzy and Ailbhe Keane
Susan Hayman
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Susan Hayman

Chair’s closing remarks

16:30 - 17:30

Networking drink reception

Venue and Covid-19 measures

We are looking forward to reconnecting the people profession at face-to-face events. The CIPD and Haymarket Media Group (who deliver events on behalf of the CIPD) continue to follow the guidelines set out by the government and closely monitor the situation with regard to Covid-19 on a regular basis.

The health and safety of all attendees is our top priority and we are working with the venue to create a safe environment. The venue has prepared some answers to frequently asked questions on their website – this is updated in line with current government guidance: www.iccbelfast.com/about-us/covid-secure-venue


ICC Belfast, 2 Lanyon Place, BT1 3WH