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Annual Meeting - Essex and Ipswich Branch

CIPD Essex and Ipswich Branch

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 from 16:30 to 17:45 (BST)

Annual Meeting - Essex and Ipswich Branch

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In advance of the Annual Event, Psychology at Work, we will hold our short Annual Meeting. Car parking will be available from 16.30, with the Annual Meeting being held between 17.00 and 17.30 followed by refreshments and the Annual Event will start from 17.45. 

The Annual Meeting is for members only.  We hope that you will join us for the Annual Event and Hot Meal and a Drink that follows and details are below. You will need to book your attendance at these events separately.

Please do not book  place unless you intend to attend. Although attendance at the annual meeting and event is free, rooms and refreshments are arranged due to anticipated numbers and valuable funds can be misplaced due to non-attendance. If you book and can't attend please cancel your place as soon as possible via your Eventbrite account.

Photography may take place at the event and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

Your contact details will only be used by the Group in connection with the event.

Psychology at Work - Annual Event

After 6 years of chairing the Branch, John Toplis is standing down this year. For much of his career John has worked as an Occupational Psychologist and this event reflects the contribution that Occupational Psychologists and other Behavioural Scientists can make to CIPD activities.

After the event there will be the opportunity to meet the speakers and the Branch Committee at a ‘Curry and a Pint’ supper at The Bell, Danbury (approximately 10 minutes by car from the University).

Prior booking on Eventbrite is essential.

The annual event comprises five sessions of around 20 minutes each:

1. Fiona Kearns will be speaking about Confidence

Through her experience of coaching politicians in public speaking, working in the corporate world and her personal life experience, Fiona offers her perspective on confidence. Why do some people seem to have it? Can you acquire it? Is it really confidence? Fiona will invite you consider alternative viewpoints in this fascinating area.

Fiona knows what it’s like to run a company. She's experienced the challenges of being in a start-up and scaling a business. Fiona adopts an evidence-based approach to leading organisational challenges that is practical and results focused. Fiona believes that individuals and teams working effectively will improve the performance of an organisation. She is commercially savvy with much experience in the IT/Telecoms sector. Fiona achieved her MSc in Occupational and Business Psychology from Kingston University, London and holds BPS testing qualifications in TUOA and TUOP (Level A and B). Fiona is curious about organisational development, unconscious bias and AI.

2. Diane Keeble-Ramsay will be talking about Positive Ageing and the Workplace

The Equality Act of 2010 identifies age as a protected characteristic and the national demographic is shifting towards an ageing workforce with dramatic predictions of the societal impact when older workers leave the workplace to be economically inactive. Whilst the Centre for Better Ageing recognises the importance of engaging with older workers in advance of later life, the CIPD heralds the need to make work a force for good. By engaging with Positive Ageing, and thinking about older female workers e.g. peri-, post-, menopause policies, then there is a challenge to employers to be proactive.

Dr Diane Keeble-Ramsay MCIPD, as Deputy Director of Anglia's Positive Ageing Research Institute and further Head of Work Theme, has presented and authored papers on the topic. She is also the lead editor of the book, Positive Ageing and Human Resource Development which seeks to engage with re-thinking the issues around Positive Ageing and the challenge to the workplace.

3. Sara Ireland will be talking about the benefits of ‘Out of Sync’ Feedback and Appraisals

Sara’s work to improve how we give feedback started in organisational settings and has also been employed with families too. The model invites us to understand the relational impact of feedback (including appraisal interviews) and its link with emotional arousal as a lever for optimising communication and learning at work.

Sara describes herself as a mish mash/chartered psychologist with a background in HR and Training, organisational psychology, coaching and change, with particular interests in staff wellbeing and improving performance. She works with people impacted by wellbeing issues, offers clinical supervision and transfers psychological ideas across occupational and clinical domains to improve communication in all settings. She was a national innovation finalist in 2017 and nominated again in 2018 for her work.

4. Ho Law will be talking about Mindfulness at Work

Ho will be discussing how the psychology of mindfulness and its practice in the workplace can benefit both the organization and the individuals within it. To demonstrate its effect, he will conduct a short mindfulness exercise at the end of her talk.

Professor Ho Law is an internationally renowned consultant in coaching psychology, research & development with over 30 years experience and worked in the UK and abroad (the East and West: over 15 countries and 50 cities). He was one of the first equality advisors to the Assistant Permanent Under Secretary of State in the UK Home Office, the Deputy chair of the BPS Standing Committee for Promotion of Equal Opportunities and the founding Chair of the BPS East of England Branch. He is the Chair and Convenor of Mindfulness & Psychotherapy Workshops, which run quarterly each year in London

5. John Toplis will outline his career development and the professional issues which still need to be addressed

John will be explaining why he is critical of much of the behavioural science research that has been carried out in recent years, and critical too of the training currently available to those who advise on generic organisational problems such as high labour turnover.

John was Head of Diagnostic Studies at the National Institute of Industrial Psychology, Director of the Occupational Psychology Unit at Barking College of Technology, and Head of Psychological Services in the Post Office before moving to other senior HR posts in the Post Office/Royal Mail. Since retirement from full time work he has specialised in advising on Senior Management Appointments in Charities and other not-for-profit organisations. In 2011 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Occupational Psychology Division of the British Psychological Society, and in 2013 co-authored Towards Organisational Fitness with the late Emeritus Professor Gerry Randell.

If you wish to attend all parts of this event, you will need to book each part separately, following the links in the timetable above.  We are sorry for the inconvenience but this is the only way we can ensure capacity is not exceeded.

Do you have questions about Annual Meeting - Essex and Ipswich Branch? Contact CIPD Essex and Ipswich Branch

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Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
CM1 1SQ Chelmsford
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 from 16:30 to 17:45 (BST)


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