About us

About us

Page updated 9 June 2019

We are the largest CIPD branch in the world, and proud to play our part in serving our area membership and the wider business community.  Attending our events gives you the opportunity to chat with influential speakers and representatives from key organisations and establishments across the north-west, connect with the wider CIPD community across Manchester and add to your continuing professional development.

We are a 16+ person diverse committee of varying ages, levels and areas of expertise. We work hard to develop and produce an events programme to meet the professional needs of people professionals across Manchester and Greater Manchester and supporting the institutes purpose oo champion better work and working lives for the benefit of individuals, business, the economy and society.

We sending out a regular newsletter to our 7k subscribers, keeping our community up to date on news and events. We aim to address key issues through campaigning and engaging our members via all our channels.

We are committed to promoting the profession, providing learning opportunities, CPD and careers support, contributing insight on, and providing engagement with, local enterprise partners, the local community, labour market, and informing the CIPD on our area membership’s views. Lastly, we contribute to influencing the Institute’s policy on local, national and international issues via our Public Policy Panel.

Our 2018-2019 committee

Our branch volunteers strive to make better work, and working lives a reality at a local level. They give their time to put ideas into practice, bringing our members together and making our voice heard in our communities. Our volunteers’ feedback and ideas guide the CIPD in providing better, more relevant services at a local level.


Our Special Interest Groups

A career in HR, L&D or OD encompasses a huge variety of roles in every type of business and industry, and we’re here to help you build the connections you need and provide a place where you can share experiences.

Our special interest groups exist to meet and support your continuing professional development needs and your ability to create a real and positive impact in the workplace.

  • Business HR (independent HR consultants),
  • Employment Law/Mock Tribunals (recent legislative changes and case law developments)
  • Senior Leaders/Fellows Group (debate and discussion on strategic topics).
  • HR Issues Forum (latest research and its impact on HR practice) 
  • Learning and Development (pioneering new ways of learning),
  • Organisational Development (leadership, group dynamics and work design)
  • Public Policy Panel (consultations and changes in government policy),
  • Solo HR Practitioners (stand-alone HR professionals)
  • Student Group (careers advice, research, communication & dissertation skills)
  • Wellbeing Group (optimising wellbeing programme strategies)

Our Ambassadors

Branch Ambassadors comprise CIPD members who have expressed an interest in local CIPD affairs and wish to contribute to our branch and its activities. Without the support of our Ambassadors we’d be lost!

Advantages of becoming an ambassador include:

  • involvement in branch consultations on public policy issues
  • assisting event organisers in delivering a programme of events
  • attending at least two committee meetings by prior arrangement
  • invitations to branch development days
  • speed networking with committee members
  • learning new skills
  • growing your network

We have 20 branch Ambassadors actively supporting us throughout the year. Ambassador roles are held for 12 months or until the end of the branch year (July).

All ambassadors reapply on a yearly basis to confirm their wish to remain as an Ambassador.

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, please contact Samantha to request an expression of interest form. We will add you to our waiting list if we have no current vacancies and will contact you should a role become available. We hold personal information for a period of 12 months.

Programme of Activities 2019-2020

Our branch year officially draws to a close on June 30.

On 10 June we held our Annual Branch Conference and AGM where we bid a fond farewell to some of our current committee members and welcomed new faces to our committee. We’ll be communicating the new committee and ambassador line up very shortly.

We already have a number of events planned for our new branch year. Take a look at our forthcoming events via our What’s On page or visit our Eventbrite page and click the FOLLOW button to receive an email notification each time we add a new event.

Interested in speaking for our branch?

If you are interested in engaging with our branch as a speaker please contact us to request an application form to join the CIPD’s National Speaker Bank. The speaker bank is a resource shared internally among all 52 local branches of the CIPD and is updated on a regular basis.

Member Survey

We would like to thank to everyone who participated in our member survey. We now have a much deeper understanding of our area membership and have taken all your feedback and suggestions on board.

Your new membership card

The CIPD received a lot of feedback last year on the amount of plastic involved in producing credit cards style membership cards. 

While many members did not want a card, many members did. The CIPD researched a number of ways to satisfy all members, while lowering its carbon footprint. The new membership cards have not come without their issues. Some members have unfortunately found their cards arriving damaged in the post. The CIPD will of course replace any cards damaged. You can contact the CIPD’s dedicated membership department from 09:00-17:30, Monday to Friday Tel: +44 (0)20 8612 6208.

As is often the case with eco-friendly solutions, the new membership cards were no cheaper to produce than the previous plastic versions. Indeed the cost of producing membership cards is one of the smallest CIPD investments and we’d like to stress that the decision to opt for more eco-friendly cards was in no way driven by a desire to cut costs.

The CIPD is actively working on an electronic solution for its members, including having a membership card embedded in a new Community App (currently in development). We’ll keep you posted on progress.

Join the conversation

You can access all our useful links here including our social media channels, event listings and event curations.

CIPD Manchester Branch

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