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Branch Conference - What is Good Work?

CIPD Northamptonshire Branch

Wednesday, 6 February 2019 from 13:15 to 17:00 (GMT)

Branch Conference - What is Good Work?

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
CIPD member 6 Feb 2019 £20.00 £0.00
Non-member 6 Feb 2019 £40.00 £0.00
CIPD Northants committee member (free) 6 Feb 2019 Free £0.00
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This year's conference asks what constitutes good work. We aim to find out what motivates and engages people during their working lives. We will look at how we as HR practitioners develop job roles, skills, cultures and organisations as a whole in an effort to facilitate good work. The world of work is changing and we will not only look at what makes good work now but also what that might look like in the future.  

The themes of what makes good work will be explored by four local guest speakers representing a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences:

  • Debra Charles from Novacroft

Debra Charles is a well known local entrepreneur, and is the Founder and Chief Executive of the smartcard technology and software company Novacroft.  Debra believes in leading with kindness in a digital age. As the 4th industrial revolution emerges, new career opportunities will evolve and many sectors and jobs will become extinct. With significantly more and more people without a career, job or purpose, Debra will talk about how we can act now to avoid the perils facing our society over the next two decades. After all, it is kindness and the 'human transaction' that differentiates us from the robots and artificial intelligence of tomorrow.

  • Maggie Clinton from Wrenwell

Founder and Director of Wrenwell Health and Wellbeing Ltd, Maggie Clinton has a passion for the innovation of effective wellbeing initiatives. As an Organisational Wellbeing Specialist, Allied Healthcare Professional and Mental Health Occupational Therapist, Maggie provides a comprehensive resource for the organisations that she works for, and has been instrumental in the provision of award winning service improvement. 

In her session Maggie will explore the ways in which Good Work helps to support our being well and healthy, considering our work environments and work styles. This will focus on how individuals can work in ways to be more productive, to improve individual work-life balance and to create valuable and meaningful roles.

  • Richard Blackmore from the CBI

Richard Blackmore is the East Midlands Regional Manager for the CBI.  They were involved in the government consultation for the Taylor report and he will give the CBI perspective on what good work entails.

  • Sarah King from Excello Law

Sarah King has been an employment solicitor for over 15 years. Currently a solicitor at Excello Law Ltd she has also been an equity partner in a niche employment law firm prior to joining Excello Law. She also sits as a part-time Employment Judge in the Employment Tribunal.  She has throughout that period acted for both employers and employees. She advises corporate clients all over the UK from a variety of sectors and sizes including Plc’s, owner managed business and sole traders. She has conducted her own tribunal advocacy and is an experienced trainer delivering seminars to the public and in-house.  Sarah has contributed to employment law articles in the Guardian newspaper, HRReview, HR Director, Business News and many other publications. She has been interviewed on BBC local radio. Most recently this has been on the subject matter of employment law issues for 21st Century businesses and she has published a book on this topic in 2017. 

In her session Sarah look at The Evolution of Work and will cover the way technology has impacted on our working practices including agile and home working.  She will also discuss employment status and the gig economy and what the future may hold.   


The conference will conclude with a panel discussion when delegates will have the opportunity to question the speakers about the key themes that have emerged during the afternoon and discuss some of the topics in more depth.


What is the event timing?

Registration will take place at 13:15 when refreshments will be available; the event will then run from 13:45 to 17:00

What is the refund policy?

Places can be cancelled up to 1 week before the event, after that the payment is non-refundable. 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Free car parking is available for all delegates at the King's Park Conference Centre

Do you have questions about Branch Conference - What is Good Work?? Contact CIPD Northamptonshire Branch

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King's Park Conference Centre
Kings Park Road
NN3 6LL Northampton
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 6 February 2019 from 13:15 to 17:00 (GMT)

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CIPD Northamptonshire Branch

The CIPD Northamptonshire branch provides opportunities for its 1300 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.

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The CIPD Northamptonshire 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 Eleanor Lloyd Jones on or 0116 235 7992


Northamptonshire branch is part of the CIPD Midlands Area Partnership (MAP) which holds an Annual Midlands Event in October, and a Student Conference which will be taking place in Birmingham on Saturday 9 March 2019.    You can find out more at


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