About us

About us

Page updated 3 May 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 Greater Manchester.

Our committee comprises 16 volunteer committee members who work hard to develop and produce a programme of activities to meet the needs of local and regional people professionals.

Committee 2019-2020

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.

Through our activities, 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 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 contribute to the successful delivery of our programme of activities playing 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 Ambassadors to embrace new skills, such as curating events and contributing to our social media promotions, campaigns and event coverage. If you aspire one day to join our committee, your first step is becoming an ambassador. 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 or to stand for election to our committee.

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

We launched our official digital programme of activities in November 2019 and you’ve been numerous in consulting its pages.

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 will be more than happy to discuss talking to your students. 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 thousands of 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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