CIPD Scotland Annual Conference 2019 programme

As organisations and the world of work are constantly evolving and disrupted by innovation and change, the role of the people profession remains critical in enabling better work and working lives. HR, OD and L&D professionals are key to ensure that organisations champion good people management and work practices which are good for people, businesses and the society as a whole.
Enabling well-being at work, creating truly inclusive environments and welcoming technology and innovation as a force of good are the three pillars upon which we need to focus if we want to be impactful and make a difference as individuals and as a profession.
This year’s CIPD Scotland Annual Conference will be your opportunity to connect with the big strategic priorities in the people professions, understand the shared issues and get practical insights into creating healthier, more inclusive and innovative organisations.
With a combination of keynotes, case studies and interactive sessions, you will be able to create your own path through the programme to focus on the issues that are most relevant to you.
Day 1
14 Mar 2019

Registration and morning coffee

Welcome address from conference chair

Join Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland, as she introduces the key themes of the event.
Lee Ann Panglea
Lee Ann Panglea, CIPD123
Lee Ann Panglea, CIPD

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
Peter Cheese
Peter Cheese, CIPD123
Peter Cheese, CIPD

Learning from neuroscience to increase well-being at work

In this session, you will discuss:
  • the effect of workplace-related stress on the brain and what we can do about it
  • what neuroscience can teach us about increasing our own and our people’s well-being
  • strategies to reduce strain and increase performance and engagement at work
Dr Daniel Glaser, KCL123
Dr Daniel Glaser, KCL

Morning coffee break

A1 – Enabling wellbeing in organisations

This breakout session will explore:
  • Creating and incorporating a well-being mindset in daily activities and processes
  • How well-being needs to be addressed holistically and in all aspects of work
  • Create an effective strategy to tackle the causes of work-related mental health problems
Fiona McAslan, Royal Bank of Scotland123
Fiona McAslan, Royal Bank of Scotland
Nick Davison
Nick Davison, John Lewis123
Nick Davison, John Lewis

B1 – Creating truly inclusive environments

This breakout session will explore:
  • How to build an inclusive culture to drive better diversity
  • Address the gender imbalance – Understanding and promoting female role models across the business
  • The importance of having a diverse workforce
Rosie MacRae, SSE123
Rosie MacRae, SSE
Lynne McBurney, Arnold Clark123
Lynne McBurney, Arnold Clark
Carol Henry, Arnold Clark123
Carol Henry, Arnold Clark

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

This breakout session 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
Katrina Hutchinson-O'Neill
Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill, Yardstick Associates123
Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill, Yardstick Associates
Samar Birwadker, GoodandCo Inc.123
Samar Birwadker, GoodandCo Inc.
Pash Reddy
Pash Reddy, Deloitte123
Pash Reddy, Deloitte

Networking lunch

Technology and human wisdom: a new way of working

You will learn about:
  • nascent technologies and the ethical challenges for the people profession
  • what machine can take over and where human relationships are key
  • the importance of human judgement in technology-driven future
Timandra Harkness
Timandra Harkness, BBC123
Timandra Harkness, BBC

A2 – Understanding the psychology behind well-being to support employees

This workshop will explore:
  • The role of psychological well-being in physical health
  • Factors that influence well-being at work
  • Guidance on interventions that can be used to protect and improve psychological well-being
Ivan Robertson, Robertson Cooper123
Ivan Robertson, Robertson Cooper

B2 – Facilitating and sustaining diversity and inclusion to drive creativity

This panel discussion will explore:
  • What is an inclusive workplace and why does it matter?
  • Embracing diversity to increase the organisation’s creativity
  • How to ensure equal access for all employees to progression opportunities
Gemma Webb, Royal Mail123
Gemma Webb, Royal Mail
Julie Dennis
Julie Dennis, Acas123
Julie Dennis, Acas
Rosie MacRae, SSE123
Rosie MacRae, SSE
Professor Wendy Loretto123
Professor Wendy Loretto

C2 – Enabling digital and flexible working to enhance your employees’ work-life balance

This panel discussion will explore:
  • Innovative approaches to flexible working to enhance work-life balance
  • Overcoming common challenges to implement flexible working policies
  • How to help employees embrace digital working
Cheryl Stacey, DIAGEO123
Cheryl Stacey, DIAGEO
Gillian Docherty, The Data Lab123
Gillian Docherty, The Data Lab
Elle Edwards, Kodak Alaris123
Elle Edwards, Kodak Alaris
Lynda Thomson, Scottish Natural Heritage123
Lynda Thomson, Scottish Natural Heritage

Afternoon coffee break

Plenary session: the importance of inclusion and how it affects businesses and society

This will discuss:
  • articulating the moral and business benefits of truly inclusive environments
  • the behavioural shift required to successfully create inclusive workplaces
  • identifying the points at which biases are more likely to occur and how to tackle them
Stephen Frost, Frost Included123
Stephen Frost, Frost Included