Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

For the second year, running we’re holding our Annual Meeting online. As is the custom, we have guest speakers joining us. This year we’re welcoming are Liz Needham and Kath Thomas, who will help you to learn to identify the factors influencing your thinking, try tools and techniques to support and improve your performance.

Imposter Syndrome has become a familiar term, but how useful is it?

If we asked you if you have Imposter Syndrome, what would your response be? What would your answer be based on? Why not take up our invitation to discuss Imposter Syndrome with your peers? How might those conversations shift how you think, talk and feel about it?

In this session, we will explore what Imposter Syndrome is and how it links to our mindset, impacting our behaviours. You’ll have the opportunity to identify factors that influence your thinking and to try out some tools and techniques that can support you to improve your performance. We’ll introduce you to approaches that will limit the impact of ‘negative’ feelings in a supportive environment.

Come prepared with pens and paper to work on a personal challenge. You’ll leave with an understanding of what contributes to feelings associated with Imposter Syndrome and your own patterns of thinking and behaviours.

With awareness, we open up our world to more choices.

What have you got to lose?

Our speakers

Kath Thomas, Clearwater Consultancy Services

Kath has over 20 years of experience developing individuals and teams to work collaboratively and deliver exceptional results. She is an ILM accredited and WABC affiliated business coach. She is an excellent facilitator, quickly building relationships and guiding the development of clear goals that people are inspired to deliver.

Kath has been coaching amateur sportsmen and women in triathlon for over 15 years, helping them perform to their highest level, including representing their Age Group for GBR. Her business coaching and consultancy are more recent, spanning the last five years.

Performance and progress are at the heart of Kath’s own life. She uses her core beliefs around practice, support and stretch to create the right environment for people to grow and develop. Kath provides a balanced mix of observation, reflection and challenge to help clients focus on their potential.

Liz Needham, Needham Consulting Ltd

Liz brings her unique blend of skills in business management, organisational development, change and HR to provide a fresh perspective and develop practical solutions to business challenges. She has been collaborating with leaders for over 20 years to design and deliver: transformational change restructures and a step-change in leadership capability.

Liz enjoys creating environments where people gain new insights, identify changes they want to make and feel both equipped and energised to take the next step. She is a Chartered Member of CIPD, an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and her MA in Strategic HRM focused on leadership. She created a new peer learning network for leaders in 2020, which has received great feedback from participants across sectors and geographies.

In her downtime, Liz loves open swimming, painting and being outside in nature. She is the OD Lead for CIPD Manchester Branch and also volunteers for the Business Growth Hub.

Annual Meeting

We will review our activities over the past 12-months and showcase our achievements. We’ll highlight our plans for the branch and what you can look forward to over the next financial year.

We will also include a summary of our income and expenditure for the financial year (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021)

During the meeting, we will introduce you to our committee, roles and responsibilities and CIPD members will be called to vote on nominations for new branch officers and committee members.

  • Introduction and apologies
  • Approval of Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 16 June 2020
  • Chair’s report
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Nomination and election of committee members and branch officers
  • AOB and close

Candidate Profiles New Branch Officers and Committee Members

The following candidates are interested in joining the committee:

Steven Berry, Assoc. CIPD

Steven Berry, Associate CIPD interested in the Social Media Lead

Currently working as a HR/OD Specialist at Manchester City Council. 

I would like to support the Branch to improve the way that it engages with CIPD members and promotes it’s activities. I am keen to ensure that communications are inclusive and accessible to all, and that all members have the opportunity to engage with the Branch in whatever capacity is most useful for them.

I would like to see the Branch increase its use of social media as a means of promoting the Branch’s identity and vision, and also to engage with members and seek continual feedback. I believe that my experience of managing numerous HR&OD change projects, often working closely with my organisation’s Communications Team, will enable me to fulfil this role. I am keen to work together with Committee Members and Ambassadors to explore new social media platforms and new ways of delivering social media content which will enhance the Branch’s reach and its offer to it’s members.

Marta Wegner, Assoc. CIPD

Marta Davenport – Wegner, Associate CIPD interested in the Student Engagement Lead

I have been CIPD Manchester Branch ambassador since March 2020 and I have been supporting such groups with events as Well-being group (at the start of the year) then I moved into support Students Engagement Lead and helping to facilitate Dissertation events as well as I was helping Solo Group Lead in facilitating Solo Group meetings. I have been attending and involved into Business Planning meetings both in mid 2020 as well as last week planning for 2021/22.

I am interested in Students Engagement Lead role for few reasons:

  • I am currently at the final stages of being a student myself, I am up to date with what is going on at the HR educational sector in Manchester area as well as on the most recent regulations and trends re: writing dissertations in HR, which can be useful taking into account that 2 of the core events for the group are around dissertation writing;
  • I enjoy working with young people, supporting them in early career stages (I used to do it professionally too when working in recruitment sector), I see a massive potential in new generations of HR professionals and I believe I can add value in their further career development and maintaining/ retainig them as Assoc/ MCIPD members upon completion of their studies; 

When being the Lead for Students Engagement group, I would personally set as my target to retain as many students as possible when they transition into upgraded membership level- to achieve it, I would make sure they are listened and directed in terms of the CIPD Profession Map and further career development as well as advised accordingly on the next career steps in HR (leap into the HR). I would also take as a high priority to keep up an amazing job Emma was doing and to maintain a great relationship with key stakeholders in educational centres as well as to establish new and more contacts, also to recruit and refer 1 student ambassador per educational centre in Greater Manchester area.

Outside of the CIPD I work in HR Manager role for software development company based in Cheshire (Mobica Limited). I am a part of a big HR team but for my coverage areas I work in a sole role as HR generalist for the UK, USA and Germany.

Changes to the Branch Committee

The following candidates are remaining in office:

RoleProposed 2021/ 22Appointment Term
Branch Officers  
ChairRachel BurnhamTo 30 June 2022
TreasurerDavid BeechTo 30 June 2022
Committee Leads  
Ambassadors Engagement LeadRebecca WestawayTo 30 June 2022
Learning & Development LeadDaniel TaylorTo 30 June 2022
Organisation Development LeadLiz NeedhamTo 30 June 2022
Wellbeing Engagement LeadPaul HamlinTo 30 June 2022
Branch Administrator*Rebecca Westaway 

*Appointed by branch officers

The following candidates were confirmed at the AGM in 2019 and need to be reconfirmed for a further 2 year term.

RoleProposed 2021/ 22Appointment Term
Branch Officers  
Vice ChairSamantha LubanzuTo 30 June 2023
SecretaryAdele ThorleyTo 30 June 2023
Committee Leads  
Fellows Engagement LeadCarol AtkinsonTo 30 June 2023
Manchester Industrial Relations Society LiaisonDavid BeechTo 30 June 2023
Public Policy LeadEmma BrookesTo 30 June 2023
Standalone HR Engagement LeadSarah ChadbourneTo 30 June 2023

The following are existing committee members who are being proposed for additional committee roles.

RoleProposed 2021/ 22Appointment Term
Vice ChairEmma BrookesTo 30 June 2023
D&I and Modern Slavery LeadSamantha LubanzuTo 30 June 2023
Employment Law LeadAdele ThorleyTo 30 June 2023

The committee currently have 2 vacancies and these are currently open to the branch ambassadors for application.

RoleAppointment Term
Members Engagement LeadTo 30 June 2023
HR LeadTo 30 June 2023

Other Changes

The following branch officers and committee members are stepping down:

Jennifer HulmeVice Chair/ Membership Engagement Lead
Committee members 
Gary HewinsSpecial Adviser – moving to ambassador role
Stephen McDonough Social Media Lead
Denise NolanLabour Market Lead
Emma SmartStudent Engagement Lead

Manchester committee would like to thank the above for all their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm for the branch.


Changes to the committee

Committee Nominations

Location Manchester, England E-mail manchester@cipdbranch.co.uk Hours Our hours vary according to our programme.
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