Join our host of experts at the CIPD Student Conference North of England 2019.

Aimed at both part-time and full-time students of HR and L&D, the CIPD North Student Conference 2019 will be an opportunity for students to come together, hear from experienced professionals, and build their confidence and capabilities to drive better work and working lives. Whether you’re looking to start your career or progress to more senior roles, this conference is designed to guide and inspire you to make your next step in the people profession.

Join us for a mix of practical and theory-based sessions, as well as plenty of engaging discussions as we draw on The New Profession Map to examine the changing world of work, its impact on HR and L&D, and what this means for you. Through an exploration of best practice when it comes to achieving purpose and good work, you should leave equipped with ready-to-implement techniques for leveraging your skills, credibility and influence in order to get to where you want to go in your career.

Day 1
30 Mar 2019
09:00 - 09:30

Registration and networking coffee

Welcome remarks

Join Daphne Doody and Maureen Royce, CIPD North of England, as they introduce the key themes of the CIPD Student Conference North of England.

Maureen Royce
Maureen Royce, Liverpool John Moores University123
Maureen Royce, Liverpool John Moores University
Daphne Doody
Daphne Doody, CIPD123
Daphne Doody, CIPD

Opening address – the future of the profession

Gill White, Director of Business and Markets Development, CIPD

This session will explore:
  • the knowledge and behaviour required to champion better work and working lives
  • the changing world of work and how it will impact the people profession
Gill White, CIPD123
Gill White, CIPD

Keynote – the importance of championing well-being and inclusion

Tony Vickers-Byrne, Chief Advisor for HR Practice, CIPD

This session will explore:
  • how well-being and inclusion are intrinsically linked
  • the benefits of facilitating a healthy and inclusive working environment
  • becoming a champion of well-being and inclusion
Tony Vickers-Byrne
Tony Vickers-Byrne, CIPD123
Tony Vickers-Byrne, CIPD
11:00 - 11:30

Morning coffee break and networking

Breakout sessions – click here to view sessions

A1 - Progressing your career: case study - finding the right fit - looking for a new role in HR or L&D This will explore:
  • how to approach the local HR and L&D job market to find the role that best suits you
  • Find out what selection processes are changing / evaluate selecting processes for better results
Jackie McMahon, Head of Talent Management & Talent Acquisition ABB UK/IE at ABB Session chair: Peter Mclinn, Chair, North...
Maureen Royce
Maureen Royce, Liverpool John Moores University123
Maureen Royce, Liverpool John Moores University
Peter Mclinn
Peter Mclinn, NAP123
Peter Mclinn, NAP
Lynn Delaney
Lynn Delaney, CIPD123
Lynn Delaney, CIPD
Paul McEvoy Clarke, CIPD123
Paul McEvoy Clarke, CIPD
Dr Frances McGregor, University of Huddersfield123
Dr Frances McGregor, University of Huddersfield
Jackie McMahon, ABB123
Jackie McMahon, ABB
12:20 - 13:20

Networking lunch

Breakout sessions – click here to view sessions

B1 - Progressing your career: case study - moving up the career ladder - upskilling yourself for progression opportunities This session will explore:
  • how to build the knowledge, skills and expertise required to progress to senior roles
  • vertical and lateral moves, what works best and in which situation
Jane Woods, Director of People and Organisational Development, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Session c...
Tony Vickers-Byrne
Tony Vickers-Byrne, CIPD123
Tony Vickers-Byrne, CIPD
Debra Corey
Debra Corey, Author123
Debra Corey, Author
Jane Woods
Jane Woods, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust123
Jane Woods, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
14:20 - 14:30

Room change

Breakout sessions – click here to view sessions

C1 - Progressing your career: masterclass - developing credibility and influence as a people professional to maximise your potential in the field This session will explore:
  • building personal brand - enhancing your own confidence, credibility and influencing skills at work
  • the importance of empathy and emotional intelligence to succeed
Rebekah Ayres, Director of Organisational Capabilities, HMRC Session chair: Lynn Delaney, ...
Andy Lancaster
Andy Lancaster, CIPD123
Andy Lancaster, CIPD
Rebekah Ayres
Rebekah Ayres, HMRC123
Rebekah Ayres, HMRC
Lynn Delaney
Lynn Delaney, CIPD123
Lynn Delaney, CIPD
15:20 - 15:40

Afternoon coffee break and networking

Interactive panel discussion – the journey to senior people professional

How did senior professionals start and develop their careers and what tips can they give ambitious students and more junior HR and L&D practitioners? There will be no set agenda in this panel - you’ll be able to ask your own questions via our app and vote the questions that you want to the panel to address. Panellists: Rebekah Ayres, Director of Organisational Capabilities, HMRC Tony Vickers-Byrne, Chief Advisor for HR Practice, CIPD Gary Cookson, D...
Tony Vickers-Byrne
Tony Vickers-Byrne, CIPD123
Tony Vickers-Byrne, CIPD
Ema Perks, CIPD123
Ema Perks, CIPD
Gary Cookson
Gary Cookson, EPIC HR123
Gary Cookson, EPIC HR
Rebekah Ayres
Rebekah Ayres, HMRC123
Rebekah Ayres, HMRC

Ignite reflection

Gary Cookson, Director, EPIC HR

This session will explore:
  • reflecting creatively on the main points and key takeaways from the day
  • looking at the value of professionalism in the changing world of work
Gary Cookson
Gary Cookson, EPIC HR123
Gary Cookson, EPIC HR