About us

About us

Page updated 30 January 2020

Who we are

We are the largest CIPD local branch in the world, and proud to play our part in serving our area membership and the wider business community across Manchester and its neighbouring regions.

Our committee comprises 16 volunteers of varying ages, areas and levels of expertise, who work hard to develop and produce a programme of activities to meet the needs of people professionals.

Committee 2019-2020

What we do

We give our free time to bring people professionals together, putting ideas into practice, and making our voice heard in our communities.

We are committed to providing you with learning at a local level, CPD opportunities and careers support. We also contribute insight on, and engagement with, local enterprise partners, communities and labour market.

Through our activities, we actively support the CIPD’s purpose in championing better work and working lives for the benefit of individuals, business, the economy and society and we strive to make better work, and working lives a reality for all at a local level.

Attending our events enables you to add to your CPD and meet with influential speakers, respected academics and representatives from key organisations and establishments across the north-west and beyond, while connecting with like-minded CIPD members, students and non-members.

Special interest groups

A career in HR, L&D or OD incorporates a variety of roles in every type of business and industry. Our special interest groups exist to provide you with a bespoke setting, where you can build the connections you need, learn and share ideas, strengthening your ability to create a positive impact in the workplace. Some of our groups are private either operating within a circle of trust or due to the unique nature of the group’s area of interest. You can email us at any time to request an expression of interest form.

*Flexible Working

We are working on a new Flexible Working event and would value your input on what you would like us to cover. 
Please take the poll below to let us know your preference(s) You can select more than one option and add additional suggestions.
You can also email your suggestions to manchester-events@cipdbranch.co.uk


Branch Ambassadors are CIPD members interested in local affairs, who contribute to the successful delivery of our programme of activities and who play an essential role in preparing our venues, welcoming delegates, facilitating networking and providing delegates with information on our branch activities and the wider CIPD offering.

We encourage our Ambassadors to embrace new skills, such as curating events and contributing to our social media promotions, campaigns and event coverage. Often, our Ambassadors progress to become members of our committee. Without the support of our Ambassadors, we’d be lost!

Advantages of becoming an ambassador include:

  • Growing your network and credibility
  • Assisting event organisers in delivering our programme of activities
  • Involvement in consultations on public policy issues
  • Participating in branch development days
  • Developing new and valuable skills
  • Gaining insights by attending committee meetings (by prior arrangement)

We have a total of 20 branch ambassadors actively supporting us throughout each branch year. Ambassador roles are held until the end of the branch year (30 June). We invite Ambassadors to reapply each year to confirm their wish to remain as an Ambassador.

If you are interested in becoming one of our valued branch ambassadors, please email us to request an application form. Our Vice-Chair Samantha will review your application and advise you of any vacancies we may have, or add you to our waiting list.

Programme of Activities 2019-2020

Our official digital programme of activities will be published in November 2019 but until then you can visit our Events page or give our Eventbrite bookings page a FOLLOW to receive an email notification each time we add a new event.

Programme of Activities 2020

Student events

We run many events for students throughout the year. If you’d like to know more about what the CIPD has to offer, our Student Engagement Lead can come an do an induction at your learning centre or for distance learners we’re beginning a seres of webinars to reach students throughout the north of England. Get in touch with us to book a dedicated session. So far this year we’ve been to Trafford College, MMU and spoken to over 90 students. 

Keeping up to date

We send out a regular newsletter to over 7,000 subscribers, keeping our community up to date on news, events and campaigns as well as CIPD membership benefits and conferences. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter, visit our showcase page on the main CIPD website, scroll down and complete the subscription fields.

We are active across a number of popular social media channels, and you can access all our useful links here (including event listings and curations). Search #cipdmcr and #cipdmanchester

Are you interested in speaking for our branch?

If you are interested in engaging with our branch as a speaker (or any of the other local branches across the UK), please contact us to request an application form to join the CIPD’s National Speaker Bank. Updated regularly, the speaker bank is a resource shared internally among all 52 local branches of the CIPD.

We look forward to engaging with you further and hope to welcome you to future events. Feel free to contact us at any time via your preferred method. We are here to support you.

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