CIPD Annual Conference 2019: Three unmissable speakers to catch

Emma Stevens
Last updated on 21st July 2020
3 min read

If, like us, you’re a regular at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, (CIPD ACE) you’re going to love what this year’s event has in store.

With more than 100 speakers and 180 exhibitors, and with an estimated 5,000+ HR and People professionals due to attend, this year’s conference taking place on the November 6-7 at the Manchester Central Convention Complex promises to be one of the biggest and best ever.

We’ll be there! Don’t forget to drop by stand E30 to grab a warm cookie, get your copy of our brand new research report, ‘Changing face of HR’, and take a tour of Sage People with a demo.

We know that with so much choice it can be hard to know when and where to see the best talks. No worries – we’ve picked out our three must-see speakers. Read on to find out who they are and make sure they feature on your schedule too.

1. Brad Taylor, Director of People at CIPD

As Head of People at the UK’s home of HR and People, it goes without saying that Brad Taylor will have some interesting news and views to share at this year’s conference.

Taylor has been at the head of the CIPD’s personnel division since 2016 having previously worked for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Barclays.

His role at the CIPD is to ensure the organization meets its strategic aspirations through attracting, developing and retaining great people.

Taylor also has a real passion for creating great work environments and developing healthy work relationships, breaking down silos and creating a collaborative culture.

There will be two opportunities to hear Taylor speaking at this year’s event.

Beyond Ulrich – tailoring the model and your team’s structure to your organizational needs: featuring Brad Taylor, Kim Clarke, Kerry Smith, Anna Lees and Lorenzo Giliomee (Wednesday November 6, 13:10 in room B4)

Chairing a star-studded line up, Brad Taylor explores how organizations are moving away from traditional models of HR to attract and retain the best staff.

We’re especially looking forward to seeing these five experts tackle the question of how to deliver transformational change by supporting people to develop and acquire new skills.

Beyond the appraisal – what’s next for performance management?: featuring Brad Taylor, Anne Pearce and Francis Lake (Thursday November 7, 13:10 in room E2)

We get the feeling Taylor, Pearce and Lake may have been taking notes from our Changing Face of HR research report in preparation for this panel discussion.

Released earlier this month, our report suggested the traditional appraisal was dying out in favor of a continuous feedback model. In fact, two-fifths of the HR and People leaders we polled were already moving towards this model, with a further 47% looking to make the change in the next year.

We’ll be eagerly waiting to hear what the panel have to say about the future of performance management.

2. Trevor Philips OBE, Writer, Broadcaster, and Chair at Green Park Executive Recruitment

Among many achievements, Trevor Philips chaired the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality, is Deputy Chair of the National Equality Standard and Chair of Green Park Diversity Analytics.

He’s also an influential writer and speaker on diversity issues. This year, he’ll be flexing his vocal cords in the opening panel discussion, chaired by none other than TV’s Naga Munchetty.

Making Good Work happen by focusing on skills, fairness and productivity: featuring Naga Munchetty, Peter Cheese, Rupert McNeil, Susan Clews and Trevor Philips OBE (Wednesday November 6, 09:40 on the main stage)

Broadcast Journalist Naga Munchetty gets the ball rolling at this year’s CIPD Annual Conference with a hard-hitting opening panel discussion on one of the biggest questions in HR right now: could fairness and skills training be the key to solving the productivity puzzle?

After finding herself at the center of a fairness controversy, Munchetty will no doubt have plenty to say on the issue. She’ll be joined on stage by Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of CIPD, Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer at Civil Service UK, Susan Clews, Chief Executive at ACAS and Trevor Philips OBE.

3. Nelarine Cornelius, Professor of Organization Studies at Queen Mary University of London and VP of Membership and Personal Development at CIPD

Only the truly gifted are elected to the role of Vice-President Membership and Professional Development at CIPD. But as a professor at Queen Mary, University of London and with a career history spanning various trustee and director roles in housing, international societies and social enterprise, there’s no doubt Cornelius is the perfect person for the role.

Cornelius is guaranteed to inspire when she takes to the stage this year. And when faced with the enormous task of tackling issues of age, ethnicity, religion and neurodiversity, you will no doubt get to see her at the top of her game.

Broadening up inclusion – focus on age, ethnicity, religion and neurodiversity: feat. Claire McCartney, Nelarine Cornelius, Shakil Butt, Ian Iceton, Megan Horsburgh and Julie Dennis (Wednesday November 6, 14:40 in room C4)

Our workforces are changing, but our attitudes are not keeping pace.

In this session chaired by Claire McCartney, Research Advisor at CIPD, an expert panel will offer practical solutions to make working environments more inclusive for older, BAME and neurodiverse employees, and employees of different faiths.

We’ll be there too

In between seeing these and many other incredible speakers, be sure to swing by stand E30 in the expo hall to get your copy of our latest research report, ‘The changing face of HR’, grab a cookie and take a tour of our global cloud HR and People system.

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