We were thrilled to be helping the CIPD Manchester Branch mark its centenary with a joint conference entitled ‘Is HR the Business?’ The event was held at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School on Friday 12 July 2013, the event also marked the launch of the Centre for People and Performance.
The full day event featured a number of high-profile speakers who addressed contemporary issues of interest to the HR community. Delegates attended from both the private and public sectors across the region, providing excellent networking opportunities.
Speakers and themes were:
Nita Clarke is the Director of the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA), Britain's leading organisation delivering workplace support for good employment and industrial relations. She was vice-chair of the MacLeod Review on employee engagement and continues to work with David MacLeod on the new national Employee Engagement task force, launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2011. She was appointed as Vice-President (employee relations) by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development in January 2012, and is a visiting Fellow at Kingston University Business School. She is also a member of the Mutuals Task Force established by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude in 2011.
She was formerly the adviser on trade unions to Prime Minister Tony Blair, working as assistant political secretary in the Political Office at 10 Downing Street from January 2001 to June 2007. Her role included liaison with individual unions and the TUC, developing national policy in areas such as the two-tier workforce and work-life balance, supporting ministers by trouble-shooting in industrial disputes. Nita was a senior official with public services union UNISON from 1992 -2001. She is the author of the report, The way forward: trade unions and the third sector, commissioned by ACEVO.
Duncan Brown is a principal in Aon Hewitt’s London Office. He has more than 25 years' experience in reward consulting and research with firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Towers Perrin. He also spent five years as Assistant Director General at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. His clients have included major private sector companies such as BP and Lloyds, government departments such as the Cabinet Office and Equality and Human Rights Commission, local authorities and not-for-profit organisations such as the Cancer Research and the United Nations. Duncan is a leading commentator on HR issues, who has published numerous reports, articles and books. His last book was on Evidence-based Reward Management..
Duncan has appeared on BBC TV breakfast and evening news, as well as Radio 4's Today programme. He has participated on Government taskforces concerned with pensions and human capital reporting and was a member of the expert advisory group to the Hutton Review of Fair Pay. Duncan sits on and advises a number of board remuneration committees. Human Resources magazine placed him in its listing of the top 10 most influential thinkers in UK HR in 2009. Duncan has an MA from Cambridge University and an MBA from the London Business School.
Duncan will speak about the pressures and the progress for performance pay across all sectors with particular emphasis on performance pay and inequality. He will consider the research evidence, which is problematic, but gives little guidance as to alternatives, and the challenges of rewarding performance when we can't manage it. He will draw on evidence from the banking sector to illustrate his points. Finally he will consider the way ahead: not whether to but how to reward and recognise rather than incentivise and the need to be inclusive in this rather than focus on executives.
John McGurk is CIPD Adviser on Learning and Talent Development. Beginning his career as a train driver having left school at 16 John commenced Glasgow University graduating with a first class honours degree in 1993. John returned to Glasgow to study for a PhD in Airline Labour markets, and secured a Leverhulme Research fellowship post at Cardiff Business School. His next role was with the UK pilots union and professional association BALPA as Director of Research and Policy. As the HR strategist and Policy specialist he spent 8 years there dealing with every major HR and strategic issue.
In CIPD role John has delivered projects on coaching capability and L&TD evaluation, soft skills and E-learning., as well as leading CIPD’s Business Savvy Research. He is currently working on the future skills needs of L&TD and the role of Innovation in HR. John also increasingly developing surveys and research for the international area. John is passionate about learning as his journey shows, and relaxes by cheering on Fulham Football Club. His talk will address the following:
Beyond Big Science and Beanbags: The Innovation Imperative for HR
HR has a critical role to play in innovation. Too often though innovation focuses on big science in the shape of R&D and product development or creativity and wackiness. The idea of big science or bean bags, means we neglect the role of people management. Continuous innovation happens when people collaborate share knowledge and work in a systematic and structured way. Drawing on evidence from CIPD/University of Bath research Dr McGurk will expand how innovation is an HR imperative. The session will give practitioners:
Samantha Jones joined PZ Cussons International PLC in 2008 as the Group Talent Management Director. She has been the Global HR Director since 2011. In her roles at PZ Cussons, Samantha has provided leadership in several areas of human resource development; developing the HR strategy for the business and building capability in the areas of Recruitment, Performance & Talent Management, Learning & Development, and Communications & Engagement. Before joining PZ Cussons, Samantha was the Global Head of Talent Management at ABN AMRO Bank in The Netherlands. She also worked in the USA as Senior Director of Talent Development at RadioShack Corporation and as Assistant Dean for Continuing/Workforce Education at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas. She has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sheffield, UK.
Samantha will speak about PZ Cusson’s focus on understanding the business, markets and people in their shift from international to global talent management. PZ Cussons Plc is a FTSE 250 company that develops and manufactures a wide range of consumer brands internationally. The company is best known in the UK for Imperial Leather, Carex, Original Source, and Morning Fresh. With around 7,500 employees globally, the Group’s geographical reach includes Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria), Asia-Pacific (Middle East, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia) and Europe (UK, Poland, Greece). The new PZC Beauty Division manages the Group’s premium brands internationally (Charles Worthington, Fudge, Sanctuary Spa, and St. Tropez).
Sheena is Group Head of HR and has over 20 years’ professional HR experience, working in varying sectors from Building Services Mechanical and electrical engineers, award winning architects and blue chip financial services organisations. As a member of the senior management team within Rotary, Sheena is responsible for the design and implementation of appropriate development programmes ensuring sound policies and procedures are in place to support Managers in their role of development of others and individuals in achieving their career aspirations. As a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Sheena is committed to a best practice approach to recruitment, development and retention of staff. Her understanding of the role of HR in supporting business needs is key in ensuring that HR activities are directly related to Company goals.
Looking at the complexities for HR in the Construction industry, including Culture, Language and Employee Relations, Sheena will share her practical experience of how HR has had to adapt to support the business through these particularly turbulent times.
The event was an excellent opportunity to engage with leading HR thinking and network with other HR professionals and industry experts from across the region. Attendees left the event with new ideas to take back to their organisations.
Date: Friday 12 July 2013
Time: 10am until 3:30pm
Venue: The Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
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