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Conference Northern Powerhouse People and You

CIPD Merseyside and North Cheshire Branch

Friday, 30 September 2016 from 09:00 to 16:15 (BST)

Conference Northern Powerhouse People and You

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Member (£60) 1d 3h 52m £60.00 £0.00
CIPD Student (55) 1d 3h 52m £55.00 £0.00
Non member (£90) 1d 3h 52m £90.00 £0.00
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Northern Powerhouse People and You

Is a one day conference organised jointly between Merseyside and N Cheshire Branch and Manchester Branch

We are very pleased to announce that DPG has just become one of our sponsors for this event.  Find out more about DPG here www.dpgplc.co.uk 

and that Croner will be sponsoring the networking reception at the end of the day. find out more http://cronersolutions.co.uk/ 


  • 9 am for Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9.35 am Chair's Welcome Address
  • Keynote: Cary Cooper – people and wellbeing
  • Case Study – The Contact Company – Catherine Miles
  • Case Study – Julie Fadden best company & leadership
  • Keynote – Peter Cheese CEO CIPD
  • 4.30pm approx. Close and then OPEN for all that can stay for celebratory drinks and networking until approx 5.30pm

 Investment members £60 & Non Members £90 Students £55 all inclusive of VAT

Background information on speakers 

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, Academic FCIPD, President CIPD

Cary Cooper is 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. Cary is the author/editor of over 120 books on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organisational psychology. He has written over 400 scholarly articles for academic journals and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio. He holds Honorary Doctorates from several universities. In 2001 Professor Cooper was awarded a CBE by the Queen for his contribution to occupational health. He was Chair of the UK's Academy of Social Sciences and in 2010 was awarded the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award by the Times Higher Education for his distinguished contribution to higher education. In 2014, HR Magazine voted him The Most Influential HR Thinker in the UK and he was awarded a Knighthood by the Queen for services to the social sciences. Cary is President of the Institute of Welfare, Past President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, President of RELATE and he is President of the British Academy of Management.

Case Study – The Contact Company – Catherine Miles

The Contact Company (TCC) was formed in May 2006 by Asif Hamid, an experienced and well known entrepreneur in the Outsourcing Industry. The company supported one client at this time with 15 employees based in Birkenhead. Since launch the company has grown exponentially and now supports 29 clients with in excess of 1,200 employees across 2 fantastic facilities. TCC is now recognised as the largest Independent call centre in the UK, is still wholly owned by Asif.

The focus of my session will be to talk about the challenges of attracting, developing and keeping talent within an organisation, something that as a people reliant business is very important to TCC. I’ll be walking through the history and growth of our business and explaining the strategies and practical things we do that has allowed us to grow so quickly over the last 10 years. I hope to share practical hits and tips that can benefit other business looking to grow or simply retain talent.

Case Study – Julie Fadden best company & leadership

South Liverpool Homes (SLH) is a housing association based in Speke, Liverpool, that was formed in 1999 via a housing stock transfer from Liverpool City Council.  In 2005, SLH was in a mess - a deficit of £2.5m, a blame culture, the worst reputation in the industry for performance and quality judged by the Audit Commission, and the regulator had doubts for their survival.

Julie Fadden had a big job to do when she took over the CEO role in 2005, and on the day she started, her Chair resigned!!  Through her people focus she built the confidence and competence of the company and turned the place around.  Her combination of honest straight talking and good humour has pulled the team together and they are one of the best performing organisations in the housing industry, making an annual surplus of around £4m, representing a 23% return.  The blame culture and internal politics have gone and for the last 3 years they have been the No 1 best not for profit company to work for in the Sunday Times Top 100, with Julie winning the title of Best Leader this year.

Peter Cheese, Chartered FCIPD, Chief Executive

The world of work is changing fast and we live in times of uncertainty, politically, economically, and socially. But this is also a time to focus on what's really important, and how we can influence and shape the future rather than letting it shape us.

The role of the HR profession has never been more important in helping to create better work, better working lives and opportunities for more people.

We have to understand how technology and particularly now machine intelligence is getting used and create work environments and jobs that make the best of people, and not just the best of technology. We have to understand new ways of working and organisational forms where access to skills and talent may come through many different channels, but all need to be understood as our wider workforces.

What then does this mean for HR as a function, as a profession, and for the skills and capabilities we need for the future.

This session will explore all these ideas, and discuss the ways in which the CIPD is looking at skills, HR careers, qualifications and CPD, and growing the professionalisation of our profession for our long term future. 

Peter will also set these issues and responses within the context of the region and the 'Northern Powerhouse', and in the challenges and opportunities in a post-Brexit world. 

Peter is the chief executive of CIPD, the professional body forHR and people development. Prior to joining the CIPD in July 2012, he was Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Council of City & Guilds. Up until 2009 he had a long career at Accenture holding various leadership positions and culminating in a seven year spell as Global Managing Director leading the firm's human capital and organisation consulting practice. He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, and the broader issues of leadership, culture, people and skills.

Peter is also a member of the Board of BPP University, and the Advisory Board for the Open University Business School. He holds an honorary doctorate from Kingston University, is a Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of AHRI, the Australian HR Institute, a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

The conference facilitator on the day - Esko Reinikainen

Esko has been called by turns ‘a heretic’ and ‘a visionary leader with a social conscience’. Over his career he has spent time in the military, as a theatre director, in cultural administration, as a local government officer, and various hacking disciplines.

His current practice was prototyped during his architecture of the Monmouthshire Intrapreneurship School as part of the Nesta Creative Councils innovation programme, and is further being refined through innovation work with a range of clients including housing associations, the Cabinet Office, and city governments around the UK.


Drawing from a range of intellectual resources from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) to Aalto University (Finland) and collaborative practice in international networks, he is developing tools, methods and processes that help organisations undergo radical change. 

We are very pleased to announce that DPG has just become one of our sponsors for this event.  Find out more about DPG here www.dpgplc.co.uk

and that Croner will be sponsoring the networking reception at the end of the day. find out more http://cronersolutions.co.uk/ 

There will only be one sponsor per business sector, so if you would like to discuss potential sponsorship of this event please contact:  Gary Hewins  07872 403577 or  g.hewins@cipd.co.uk 

Do you have questions about Conference Northern Powerhouse People and You? Contact CIPD Merseyside and North Cheshire Branch

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Chester Racecourse

County Stand Concourse Room
CH1 2LY Chester
United Kingdom

Friday, 30 September 2016 from 09:00 to 16:15 (BST)

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CIPD Merseyside and North Cheshire Branch

The CIPD Merseyside & North Cheshire branch provides opportunities for its 4000 members to network with local HR and L&D professionals, to continue with their professional development and remain up to date with HR issues. There is an active programme of events through the year and you can find details of the upcoming events listed below. For further details just click on the event you are interested in and you can then book your place online.

Unless otherwise stated branch events are free for CIPD members to attend,  for some of our there is a non-member fee of £15 which must be paid online when booking.

The branch committee look forward to seeing you at our events and if you would like any further information please contact the Regional Branch Co-ordinator Gary Hewins on 01565 755527 or 07872 403 577 or g.hewins@cipd.co.uk

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