About us

About us

Page updated 28 July 2019

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 15 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

CIPD Manchester Branch Committee Members July 2019-June 2020
CIPD Manchester Branch 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.

  • Business HR
    Independents, consultants & freelancers in HR, L&D and OD
  • Employment Law
    Recent legislative changes, case law developments, Mock Employment Tribunals
  • Flexible Working
    Guidance on embedding flexible working in organisations
  • Labour Market Insights
    Local economy and trends
  • Learning and Development
    Pioneering new ways of learning
  • Membership Engagement
    Routes to membership, upgrading and benefits
  • Organisational Development
    Leadership, group dynamics and work design
  • Public Policy Panel
    Contributing to government consultations, policy-making and people management practice
  • CIPD Fellows & Senior HR Group
    Debate and discussion on strategic topics
  • Solo HR Practitioners (private group)
    Stand-alone HR professionals
  • Student & Centres Engagement
    Careers advice, research, communication & dissertation skills


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 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). Ambassadors are invited 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

The month of August is relatively quiet, but our programme picks up in September and continues at a regular page throughout the year. Our official digital programme of activities will be published later in September, 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.

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 popuar social media channels, and you can access all our useful links here (including event listings and curations). Search #cipdmcr and #cipdmanchester

CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition 2019

The CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition is once again taking over Manchester Central on 6-7 November 2019, bringing together the people profession for two days of unparalleled learning and networking opportunities. Come along and meet us in the Members lounge, networking areas and at the many fringe events organised before and during the two-day conference. Book your tickets here for #cipdACE19


At the Annual Conference and Exhibition in Manchester, 6-7 November, the CIPD will be holding an upgrading assessment event, giving you the chance to have a face-to-face assessment with a CIPD assessor and complete your upgrade. If you’re interested in upgrading, please read through the steps you’ll need to complete prior to securing your assessment spot:

Upgrade to Chartered Member

Upgrade to Chartered Fellow

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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