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12 Jul

Good work and a process of renewal

By Robert Phillips, Co-Founder, Jericho Chambers.

My friend and colleague at Jericho Chambers, Neal Lawson, having inspired the Progressive Alliance at the 2017 General Election, isn’t giving up on politics but is turning his attention to business’s capacity for transformative change. Neal’s point is that politics is not the only agency for change — corporations, not just politicians, must fill the vacuum of leadership. 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

17 Mar

The ‘human factor’ in business

By Bridget Morris, Executive Director, The Rowntree Society.

Did you know that KitKat used to have a blue wrapper, was first called Chocolate Crisp, or is Japan’s No. 1 selling chocolate bar? And did you know that KitKat was created by a founding member of the CIPD — Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree? 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

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.

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22 Sep

The clan is weakened, the predator attacks

Q&A with renowned thought leader and international best-selling author Dr John Kotter.

Before John Kotter’s seminal business book Leading Change in 1996, ‘change management’ could be described as a niche business term. In the years that followed, it became an entire industry and, in 2011, TIME magazine listed Leading Change as one of the ‘Top 25 Most Influential Business Management Books’ of all time. Read More

23 Aug

If you think you’re authentic, you’re not

By Dr Ian Ashman, Director, Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (iROWE), University of Central Lancashire.

There seems to be a lot of talk these days about authenticity and “being authentic”, with particular traction gained in the realms of politics and management. In an era that is characterised by feelings of uncertainty and a lack of trust in “the establishment”, there are suggestions that the authentic leader, whether politician or business person, is the antidote —  Read More

30 Jun

Culture of questions creates better leaders

Q&A with Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor, INSEAD.

Reducing leadership to a set of skills is fueling a growing disconnect between leaders and followers, says psychiatrist turned management thinker Gianpiero Petriglieri. The associate professor of organisational behaviour at INSEAD, and co-author of an Academy of Management award-winning study of how MBA students learn, argues that educators need to put questions about the meaning of leadership at the heart of their work. Read More

08 Jun

How can HR help create a human future of work?

Six thought leaders share their views on the HR challenge to create a more human future of work Read More