About us

About us

Page updated 19 July 2020


I am delighted to take up the role of Chair of CIPD Manchester and to work alongside a great group of fellow CIPD members, volunteering as committee members and ambassadors for the branch. We are here to serve our profession and the community of Manchester. 

I bring to the role 30 years of HR experience, firstly in-house with several charities and then for the past 20 years running my L&D consultancy. I am passionate about L&D and the difference it can make to the performance and effectiveness of organisations. 

I have been involved with CIPD Manchester for many years – initially as the Public Policy Lead and then more recently as the L&D Lead. I have also initiated work around Flexible Working, hosted a fringe event at CIPD’s ACE Conference 2019 on Modern Slavery and led last year’s social media campaign raising awareness of Neurodiversity at Work.

This is a hugely challenging time for all as HR professionals and individuals – with COVID-19, the most significant economic challenges of our lifetime, Brexit and the need to create a much fairer and more inclusive society.
We have a lot to do as a profession, and I am looking forward to working with you, as we step up to these challenges together. 

Rachel Burnham 
Branch Chair

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 Greater Manchester.

Our committee comprises volunteer CIPD members who work hard to develop and produce a programme of activities to meet the needs of local and regional people professionals.

Committee 2020-2021

Our Vision

We are a dedicated career partner for the people profession. We engage our area membership and the wider business community, as trusted advisors, role models and mentors, at every stage in people’s working lives.

We are an established voice for Greater Manchester. We are an essential partner in the development of an inclusive and thriving community and the people professionals within it.

We are innovative & creative. We enable our members to adapt and evolve in a fast-changing world of work.

We are a dynamic connector. We offer diverse opportunities to network, and we convene groups of passionate people who want to make a difference, share learning and give back to the profession.

What we do

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

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

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

Attending our events enables you to learn from, and interact 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 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 speciality. You can email us at any time to request an expression of interest form to join one of our private groups.


Branch Ambassadors are CIPD members interested in local affairs, who volunteer to support our elected committee members in the successful development and delivery of our annual programme of activities.

Like our committee members, ambassadors represent people professionals at various stages of their career journey and from all sectors and across a broad range of industries.

If you aspire to serve on the CIPD Manchester Branch committee and are both highly motivated and interested in giving back to the profession, your first step is to apply to join our team of ambassadors. Applications are currently on hold as we assess our virtual volunteering framework and strategy going forward. Check back regularly for updates.

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 will be more than happy to discuss talking to your students. Get in touch with us to book a dedicated session. We’ve held many dedicated sessions for students with our most recent sessions being delivered virtually and we will continue to deliver events in this way until the end of December 2020.

Keeping up to date

We send out a regular newsletter to thousands of subscribers, keeping our community up to date on news, events and campaigns. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter, visit our showcase page on the main CIPD website, scroll down and complete the newsletter 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

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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