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West of England Branch Conference 2017 - kindly sponsored by Thrings Solicitors

CIPD West Of England Branch

Friday, 31 March 2017 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)

West of England Branch Conference 2017 - kindly...

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Join us for the West of England 10th Annual Branch Conference. The theme for this conference will be“Well-being”. The conference is kindly sponsored by Thrings Solicitors.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE (President of the CIPD) will lead on “People and Well-being”.

Following the success of the 2016 conference we will continue with the workshop format. We have, however, taken on board the feedback received from the conference and as a result delegates will have the opportunity to attend 3 workshops as well as the keynote session.

Prices will be held at the 2016 rate:-

Members - £90 plus VAT and Non Members - £125 plus VAT.

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.



Building Resilience from the Middle of the Organization by Gordon Tinline

Psychological resilience is the capacity to cope with tough challenges and recover effectively from set-backs.  Resilience is influenced by personality but can be developed through the course of our lives.  There are a range of interventions that can improve resilience, such as:

  • Thought reframing
  • Mindfulness
  • Strengths based development
  • Building a stronger support network
  • Strengthening purpose
  • Keeping physically fit

All of the above will affect resilience but the key to sustained improvement is being clear on specific interventions and measures of success.

There is a case for building resilience at all levels in organizations but the place where you might have maximum impact is targeting those in mid-level roles.  In the middle you are exposed to pressures from all directions.  However, you can also have a direct impact in all directions.

In this session Gordon Tinline draws on his recent book (co-authored with Cary Cooper) The Outstanding Middle Manager.  To discuss how those in mid-level roles can better manage pressure and maintain their resilience, as well as how they can have a positive influence on the resilience of their teams, peers, and more senior managers. 

Gordon Tinline

Gordon is an experienced occupational psychologist (Chartered and Registered).  In 2014 he left Robertson Cooper, after nearly fifteen years, to operate on an independent and freelance basis.  Prior to this he worked with PA Consulting Group and the psychometric test publisher ASE (NFER-NELSON). 

Gordon has broad cross-sector and multi-level experience.  He has worked extensively with the Police Service, in Defence, with the NHS, in Financial Services and with science and engineering companies.  His work is often focused on helping leaders maximise the wellbeing, psychological resilience and performance of their people.

An experienced practitioner with broad experience in the field, Gordon has particular strengths in the areas of: Psychological Wellbeing and Resilience; Leadership Development; Assessment and Selection.  As well as his Masters level qualification in business psychology he has an MBA from Warwick Business School.


Mental Health Awareness at Work by Nicola Rich from Bristol Mind

Most people know that creating an inclusive and diverse workforce has many benefits for all. However, we also know that many people feel stuck for what to say or what to do when conversations or behaviours become emotive or challenging. Often, we don’t understand what is happening during these times and feel ill-equipped to help.

Mental Health Awareness training helps to change your perspectives of what it means to have a mental health condition, so you can draw upon that knowledge at work to foster supportive working relationships with your staff whilst ensuring continued work performance.

With 1 in 4 people people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year - this workshop intends to broaden people’s view of what mental health is, what it means to have a mental health condition and how we can help reduce stigma in the workplace, so everyone feels included, supported and able to work well. We will also look at the factors that promote recovery and wellbeing and find ways to talk about mental distress in a sensitive way.

 The Workshop will cover:

  • Understand the stigma that surrounds mental health in the workplace.
  • Increase awareness of attitudes towards mental health and illness.
  • Recognising the continuum of mental health and who is effected.
  • Identifying key factors that affect mental health and wellbeing.
  • Clarifying services that are available, and considering what is helpful for people experiencing stress or mental distress.


Developing your Well-being Plans/Strategy by Elizabeth Preece from The Healthy Worker

If this is on your ‘to do’ list or you recognise your business is already contributing to this agenda, but are unsure how to connect the pieces, this workshop is for you.

This workshop will:

  • Briefly review some of the justifications for the wellbeing agenda, for anyone struggling to make the business case
  • Outline how your business ethics and values are (or should be) tied to wellbeing activities. Activities should not be done in a piecemeal way, but with clarity about the purpose and role they have.
  • Enable you to explore the various dimensions associated with a wellbeing plan. This provides you with a structure from which you can develop your plans and ensure you get the right people around the table to drive them forward.
  • Examine the relative priorities. Thereby helping you determine the key aspects for your organisation to progress with.
  • Help delegates recognise the work they have already done and how much is already achieved. So this can be celebrated and communicated within the organisation.


Engage! The Four Elements of a Resilient Happy Team by Nicky Marshall, Discover Your Bounce

In this talk Nicky Marshall will be discussing the current ripple effect of employee absenteeism and presenteeism and how a head in the sand approach is putting businesses in jeopardy.

By using a simple but effective 4 step strategy, businesses can soon start to thrive while their teams enjoy a new level of health, happiness and job satisfaction.

Nicky will focus on: 

•       Mental calm and resilience

•       Physical fitness and health

•       Happiness and contentment

•       Understanding goals and striving forwards

Attendees will walk away with one technique for each element, which they will be able to implement straight away.

Nicky Marshall is the founder of the Discover Your Bounce Group, helping individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations create more health and happiness through a series of programmes.

After having a stroke seven years ago and fully recovering within three, Nicky has turned her own experiences and passion into a mission to create global wellbeing, one person and action at a time!


The Benefits of Bringing Nature into the Working Day by Naomi Stone, St Monica Trust

During a time when our working lives are increasingly spent indoors and in urban environments it feels intuitive that spending time in nature is good for us.  Recent media reports and the lifestyle industries further endorse our inherent connection with nature, known as biophilia.  This workshop will encourage a critical eye over  whether the well-being benefits of nature at work is 'fad' or 'fact'.

By sharing case studies, research and personal experiences, this interactive workshop will look at the evidence around how contact with nature during the working day can, as claimed, reduce stress, restore attention, promote health and increase levels of well-being.  We'll also consider the practical implications of incorporating nature into workplace environments now and in the future.

You will come away with:

  • up to date knowledge of biophilia (the human-nature connection) in relation to workplace stress, engagement and job satisfaction
  • authentic approaches for contributing to your colleagues’ and employees’ well-being
  • practical, evidence-based applications for introducing or enhancing the human-nature connection at work
  • guidance for evaluating research and evidence to support workplace strategies and decisions around well-being
  • a fresh perspective on your own relationship with nature

Naomi is Colleague Engagement Manager at St Monica Trust.  She is a specialist in engagement and well-being.


Can Well-being Change the World? by Liz Ziedler, Co-founder and Chief Executive, Happy City


Focussing on your wellbeing and resilience can seem like a very personal task, even at times selfish. This workshop will help open your eyes to the ripple effect of happiness – in your family, your team, your community and our world – and give practical advice and case studies about how to measure wellbeing and use that to transform organisational and societal cultures and practices. 


During a highly interactive session we will explore together:


·     How flourishing is an infectious state and how to ensure you infect those around you!

·     The role of leadership in embedding a wellbeing culture.

·     How workplace wellbeing can influence the wider community and the role and opportunity for businesses to grow the wellbeing of society.

·     The importance of measuring wellbeing for your business and the impact measurement can have on your organisation and the wider world.


Happy City is Bristol based Charity and Social Enterprise with a growing global reputation in the field of understanding, measuring and improving wellbeing in Urban areas. They deliver campaigns, projects and training in wellbeing and resilience, as well as cutting edge measurement tools to support businesses, policy-makers and communities to better focus resources on the happiness of people and planet.


Co-founder and Chief Executive Liz Zeidler will lead the workshop.  Liz has 25+ years of experience in leadership and development in every sector and on 4 continents, with organisations ranging from the UN to businesses and non-profits large and small. 


Professional photography and video production will be taking 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.

Do you have questions about West of England Branch Conference 2017 - kindly sponsored by Thrings Solicitors? Contact CIPD West Of England Branch

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The Bristol Pavilion
The County Ground
Nevil Road
BS7 9EJ Bristol
United Kingdom

Friday, 31 March 2017 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)

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