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03 Nov

What makes the future work in the Midlands?

By Eve Harris and Becky Holloway, Jericho Chambers.

Many would agree workplaces should be organised around people, but on a practical level, a ‘human’ future of work depends on issues specific to where individuals work and live.  Read More

24 Apr

CIPD London Future of Work Conference

CIPD London Future of Work Conference

Demographics and technology trends are changing work and working lives and the pace of change is a challenge for every organisation. This conference explores the changing landscape of work; how business and individuals can prepare for a period of disruption and opportunity and how HR and the people profession can help shape a Future of work that is human.

Joined by experts, thought leaders and HR practitioners, we will explore the big themes around the future of work, including the impact of technology, robots and automation; the gig economy, organisational structures, democracy in the workplace and the future of work itself.

For more information or help with registration, please contact Ciprian Arhire, Regional Support Executive, CIPD, at



09:00 – 9:30 | Registration and Networking Coffee

Pick up your badge, a coffee, and break the ice with other delegates as you fuel up for a great day!

09:30 – 9:45 | Would you ever want a hug from a robot? (15 min)

To open the conference we will articulate some of the key questions that we hope you’ll explore today and following the event. Should we be worried or excited about the future of work? What’s the point of work? Will the point of work change and how might it do so? Is happiness a legitimate business and economic outcome? Should we step away from a 9-5 working week construct together?

David D’Souza, Head of London and Branch Engagement, CIPD

09:45 – 10:10 | Opening Keynote: The Future of Work and the People Profession (25 min)

As people professionals we’re always concerned with the Future of Work and what does that mean for us and the organisations we operate in. We need to engage with the strategic agenda and the drivers shaping the future of work and we need to do that withconfidence, insight, and judgement to challenge, holding true to our professional values. Peter Cheese, CIPD’s CEO will share his vision of the Future of Work and how it will impact the future of the HR profession.

Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD

10:10 – 10:45 | Humour and happiness for increased engagement and productivity (35 min)

Are the complexities of what humans need to grow, develop and live, understood within your organisation’s strategy and ethos? This session will introduce an understanding of how to cultivate realistic happiness and how we can think differently about how to get the best out of people.

Stephanie Davies, CEO, Laughology Consulting and Development

10:45 – 11:15 | Coffee Break and Networking (30 min)

11:15 – 12:20 | Future skills and job quality (65 min)

This session will explore the challenges businesses are facing as they try to keep up with and prepare for the changing skills and employment demand of a rapidly changing world of work. Our speakers will discuss developing skills and talent management plans aligned to changing needs of business and growing capability in key areas including digital and the Gig Economy.

Prof Christopher Warhurst, Director, Institute of Employment Research | University of Warwick
Sharron Pamplin, HR Director UK & Europe, Atkins Global
Mathew Davies, HR Director, AddisonLee

12:20 – 13:20 | Lunch, Networking and exhibitors (60 min)

13:20 – 14:20 | Trust, leadership and sustainable business (60 min)

We’ll explore what organisations are doing to become fit for the future when it comes to their culture and structure and why democratic workplaces are good for business and people. We’ll look at flat organisations, remote working and democracy at work and identify why and how HR can apply these principles in their own organisations.We’ll explore ways we can give a voice and autonomy to our employees and empower and enable them to become co-owners and co-creators.
Perry Timms, Futurologist and speaker on the Future of Work, Director, People Transformation HR
Diana Prodanciuc, Alumni and Experience Co-Creator, The Alternative University
Jane Barnett-Roberts, Head of Democratic Engagement, John Lewis Partnership

14:20 – 14:50 | Creating meaning in the workplace (30 min)

After visiting the most inspiring organisations in the world and trying to understand how each of them creates happiness and meaning in the workplace, the Corporate Rebels are now ready to share their findings and practical guidance on creating meaningful work and bringing happiness to our workplace.

Joost Minnaar and Pim de Morree – The Corporate Rebels

14:50 – 15:20 | Coffee, Networking and exhibitors (30 min)

15:20 – 16:20 | Disruption and opportunity – the role of technology in shaping the future of work (85 min)

Looking at some of the technological trends that are impacting business and people. From robots to chatbots, machine learning, AI, wearable technology to automation in the workplace, we will explore what organisations are doing in this space to remain competitive. Exploring a study case on the use of technology and AI in the workplace to remove bias from decision-making and improve productivity.

Dr Richard MacKinnon, Insight Director, Future Work Centre

16:20 – 17:00 | The importance of D&I, today and in the Future of Work – Closing Keynote (30 min)
Closing the day we will look at why Diversity and Inclusion should be at the core of every organisation that operates now and why it’s even more important that our future of work be a diverse and inclusive environment.
John Amaechi OBE, Organisational psychologist and Founder, Amaechi Performance Systems

17:00 – 17:30 | Networking drinks

You will get plenty of opportunities to share your thinking around the future of work and interact with other attendees, our speakers, our sponsors and exhibitors, all passionate about creating an exciting future across the day, networking sessions and lunchtime.
If you’re an organisation interested in supporting the future of work and work with CIPD London in shaping and delivering this conference please contact us for sponsorship opportunities.


Joining instructions

Please make sure you’re bringing a photo ID and if you’re a member, your membership card on the day of the conference. You will receive your badge, agenda and conference pack at the reception based upon identification.

Cancellations and refunds policy

If you are unable to attend this conference please give us at least 1 week notice and we will be happy to refund 100% of your booking fee or book you on to a subsequent event to the same value. Cancellations received after this time will be non-transferable and non-refundable.

Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used in future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the conference, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

23 Mar

Making the Future of Work Human — The Role of Social Action


The Role of Social Action

This is a unique workshop to co-create practical social action that puts people back into the heart of work and business.

One of the major themes to emerge from this community’s Big Tent event last October was the importance of connection and interaction between different people and communities, which not only helps with social cohesion and access to opportunities but also develops and enriches individuals, ultimately adding value to organisations and society. Social action, such as through volunteering and campaigning, can help turn these goals into reality.

The strong desire to move on from words into real action has been made clear, and this event will be the next step in shaping a social action movement that will help us all as individuals to take practical and much needed on-the-ground action.

The CIPD proudly runs a number of large-scale volunteering programmes (see Steps Ahead Mentoring and Enterprise Advisers). By bringing together the Future of Work is Human community with these volunteers, we hope to harness a collaborative power that will truly transform our communities and the wider world of work.

This is a great opportunity to help shape the future, catch up on insights, hear from challenging speakers as well as network with like-minded activists.

There are only a limited number of places so please register below or contact Vicky Dmochowski by Monday, 10 April to book your place.

Date: Thursday, 27 April 2017

Time: 09:00-13:00

Place: Wallacespace, 18 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DP

13 Jan

Can we have a voice in the corporate world?

By Céline Schillinger, Head, Quality Innovation & Engagement, Sanofi Pasteur.

Not everyone wants to speak at work. Most people in fact, stay silent. Of course, they don’t necessarily see it this way — they’re busy working, meeting co-workers, suppliers and clients, delivering on projects. Naturally, these activities require them to talk. But what about speaking up? Speaking their mind about processes that aren’t fit for purpose, that are hindrance rather than help? Read More

19 Dec

Key to navigating an uncertain future

By Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD.

Is the future shaping up the way we want?

The world of work is changing at an exponential pace. Increasing globalisation, rapid advances in technology, corporate scandals, political and economic disruptions are just some of the factors contributing to a complex and unstable environment.  Read More

04 Nov

Snapshots from the Big Tent

The Big Tent on October 12 saw some stirring challenges from both the stage and floor about what is needed to create a future of work that is truly human. The way we structure education and equip people for work, the need to connect with communities and meaningful diversity Read More

20 Oct

Valuing people through diversity & inclusion


The development of this code of practice has been led by academics from the Alliance Manchester Business School in collaboration with industry bodies including the CIPD, CMI and employer representatives.

The way in which an organization values its people and stakeholders is at the heart of its success and this principles based British Standard provides a framework for holistic approaches to diversity and inclusion that enable an organization to demonstrate its commitment to valuing people and is intended to facilitate the fairness and dignity for all at work.

This free event is sponsored by the CIPD, BSI and AMBS. It will be led by Dr Wilson Wong, Head of Research, Insight and Futures; Professor Helge Hoel and Dr Anne McBride of Alliance Manchester Business School.

Public consultation will commence in the autumn of 2016 and we are encouraging you to participate and contribute your feedback at this event.

Event Details

10:00 arrival, registration and refreshments

10:30 welcome and start

13:00 lunch and networking

14:00 close


If you are unable to attend this event, please give at least 1 working day notice so we can offer your place to people on the waiting list.

Professional photography and video production may 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.

18 Oct

Lessons on engaged citizenship: People as change agents

By Katerina Rudiger, Chief Community Officer, CIPD.

This summer, I had the privilege to be part of a US-Government funded exchange programme focused on volunteering, initiated by the #iwill campaign.  With a group of like-minded community investment leaders, I spent ten days visiting charities, meeting key individuals in federal and local government and universities in Washington DC, Boston and Miami. We learned about the US approach towards volunteering and how this transforms people into engaged citizens.  There are so many lessons for society and particularly the HR profession to learn from volunteerism, as they like to call it in the US.

Read More

07 Oct

WikiWorkLab: Gen Z in their own words

By Eve Harris, Associate, Jericho Chambers.

Working alongside MPs, business leaders and the HR community, 24 individuals (aged 15–21) took part in the WikiWorkLab work collaboration programme, created by Jericho Chambers and the CIPD, in July and August 2016. Participating in discussions, book clubs and research trips they shared their views on how we can shape a better future of work. Read More

18 Jul

Glam up or get out?

By Dennis Nickson, Professor of Service Work and Employment, Department of Human Resource Management, University of Strathclyde.

The recent furore around the insistence by an employment agency that a temporary PwC employee, Nicola Thorp, should wear high heels to work has again highlighted the challenge of maintaining appropriate and defensible standards to create a desired corporate image. Read More