Programme – Scotland Annual Conference

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 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.

08:30-09:30      Registration and morning coffee


Welcome address from conference chair

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

Conference chair: Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland, 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

Speaker: Peter Cheese, Chief Executive Officer, 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

Speaker: Dr Daniel GlaserNeuroscientist and Founding Director of Science Gallery London, King’s College London

11:00-11:30      Morning coffee break

11:30-12:30      Breakout sessions: case studies

The morning breakout sessions will show you case studies of how organisations are enabling well-being, creating a more inclusive workplace and effectively embracing technology. You have the option to choose the sessions that are more aligned with your objectives.

A1 – Enabling wellbeing in organisations

This 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

Nick Davison, Head of Health Services, John Lewis Partnership
Fiona McAslan, Well-being Lead, Royal Bank of Scotland

B1 – Creating truly inclusive environments

This 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

Carol Henry, Group People Director, Arnold Clark
Lynne McBurney, Group Head of People, Arnold Clark
Rosie Macrae, HR Service Centre Manager, SSE

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

Pashini Reddy, Head of Learning and Development, Deloitte
Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill, Talent Acquisition and Retention Expert, Yardstick Associates
Samar Birwadker, Founder CEO, Good&Co Inc.

12:30-13:30      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

Speaker: Timandra Harkness, Radio presenter of ‘Future Proofing’ and Author of ‘Big Data: Does size matter?’, BBC

14:30-15:30      Breakout sessions: interactive sessions

The interactive afternoon breakout sessions will give you the options to choose between workshops and a panel discussion. You will be able to explore the practicalities of creating a healthier workplace, how to implement virtual and flexible working or discuss how to further inclusion in your workplace.

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

Speaker: Ivan Robertson, Director, Robertson Cooper

B2 – Facilitating and sustaining diversity & 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

Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ACAS
Gemma Webb, Head of Cultural Change and Values, Royal Mail
Frances Duffy, VP HR, Capgemini
Professor Wendy Loretto, Dean of the Business School & Professor of Organizational Behaviour, University of Edinburgh

Chair: Tony Vickers-Byrne, Chief Adviser, HR Practice, CIPD

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

Lynda Thomson, Head of People and Organisational Development, Scottish Natural Heritage
Gillian Docherty, CEO, The Data Lab
Elle Edwards, Key Adviser to the CEO on issues of Executive Talent, Communications and Culture, Kodak Alaris
Cheryl Stacey, Talent Lead for Global Supply & ISC, Europe Demand & Corporate Functions, DIAGEO

15:30-16:00      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

Speaker: Stephen Frost, Principal at Frost Included, Former Head of D&I, KPMG



Closing remarks from conference chair

Conference chair: Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland, CIPD



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The Exchange, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE

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