With the clocks going back on Sunday it seems that autumn has well and truly settled in, and it's already been a very busy period for me! As chair of the CIPD's Manchester branch, my schedule has been chock-a-block of late:
- We at CIPD Manchester have started to build a collaborative relationship with corporate membership organisation Pro Manchester. Last month, I attended a reception at the Manchester Art Gallery where Nicola Quayle (the recently-inaugurated chair of Pro Manchester) was speaking about her plans for the organisation and answering the questions of almost a hundred delegates from a wide variety of industries. I have yet to meet Nicola face-to-face, but I think I speak for the whole branch when I say that we look forward to working with her over the coming months!
- I myself was invited to speak at a number of events recently. I delivered a speech to more than 50 businesses at the Natwest Entrepeneur Breakfast in September, waxing lyrical on the subject of keeping one's employees engaged; later that month, I spoke at the Barclays North West Flexible Working Forum, as did Sarah Greasley (Client Technical Director of IBM) and Sara Hill (CEO of Capability Jane). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of the slides we used!
- One of CIPD Manchester's main aims is to collaborate with businesses in North West England and to breed fruitful working relationships with them. I recently had a meeting with the people behind The Nubian Times, an up-and-coming BAME newspaper; they were interested in working with the CIPD, and expressed a particular passion for topics related to diversity and inclusion. Additionally, I am now a member of the Talent Northwest team, a group focused on attracting and retaining new business talent.
- I also went to a fashion show at L.K. Bennett. Life isn't all work, you know!
There are plenty of big CIPD events still to come, including the institute's Annual Conference and Exhibition in November. The event (subtitled 'Leading HR into the Future') will take place on the 6-7th of November at Manchester Central. Further details can be found on the CIPD website; the Manchester Branch committee will be speaking on both days, so do come and say hello if you are attending!
Have a great autumn,
CEO and Founder of Olive Strachan Resources