Wednesday 16 October 2019

EMC People Conference 2019

Connections pictureManaging and Developing People in a Changing World  

For the inaugural regional People Conference, the focus is on Managing and Developing People in a Changing World.

The Conference is an opportunity for HR, L&D and OD professionals to hear from Chief Executives, leading experts and practitioners on issues such as transformational culture change, improving performance and productivity and leadership for the 21st Century.

Chaired by Chief Executive of North West Leicestershire, Bev Smith, the programme offers a blend of thought-provoking keynote speakers and workshops, so that delegates gain insights and access practical models that help build capacity and performance within the context of change.

Keynote and Workshop speakers include:

  • Ed Houghton, Head of Research and Thought Leadership, CIPD
  • Steve Whiddett, Consultant Business Psychologist, author and former chair of the Association for Business Psychology (ABP)
  • Dr Alison Carter, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies
  • Bev Smith, Chief Executive, North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Matt Gofton, Senior Employment Solutions Manager, CIPD
  • Trayton Vance, CEO Coaching Focus
  • Nigel Carruthers, Senior Advisor, Workforce Strategy and Policy LGA
  • Dr Martin Reddington, MRA Ltd
  • Sandra Whiles and Emily Jones, Whiles and Jones Coaching

The Conference Programme will include;

How our People Professionals can thrive in the Changing World of Work

Ed Houghton, Head of Research and Thought Leadership, CIPD

About the session

The world of work is changing and so is the way HR can create long term impact.  In this session Ed will explore the latest findings from the CIPD's People Profession Survey of global HR professionals and share insights from how the key trends in the world of work are shaping HR practice. The discussion will also explore how the CIPD's new Profession Map is helping prepare HR professionals, and provide them with the skills, tools and capabilities to be effective in the future.

Managing people in a changing world - Improving productivity and managing culture

Steve Whiddett, Whe (UK), LGA

About the session

Managing at any time presents challenges. Right now, those challenges seem to be increasing exponentially. Not only do people, change, productivity and culture present challenges, they interact to add complexity and confusion.

Our natural response to complexity and confusion is to simplify what we see and address what seems most manageable, using approaches that we like or are most familiar with. Unwittingly, these approaches often exacerbate challenging situations and rarely resolve them.

Steve has been working with the Local Government Association (LGA) to develop an approach that helps unravel the confusion and explore the complexity. The approach, called PACE, makes it possible to identify the causes of issues and prioritise how to address them. PACE includes a suite of tools, including a diagnostic, for use at organisational level as well as techniques that staff can use to manage situations in ways that: enhance individual performance and well-being; help address and manage change; improve productivity; and, develop and reinforce an appropriate organisational culture 

From a Change-Vulnerable to a Change-Ready, Change-Capable organisation

Dr Alison Carter, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies

About the session

  • Exploring ‘change-readiness’ to develop a more resilient, agile and constantly-learning organisation
  • Sharing IES research findings  
  • Reflecting on your own experience of change
  • Reflecting on HR’s role in the journey from a change-vulnerable to a change-ready, change-capable organisation

Dr Alison Carter, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies

Alison is a Principal Research Fellow at Institute for Employment Studies (IES) in UK where she leads research on a range of HR, leadership development and change matters. She is currently advising organisations on how to implement current change whilst simultaneously improving organisation capacity to identify and respond swiftly to as yet unknown future change.

Her research includes: linking HR metrics to business strategy; barriers to effective coaching; what HR customers want; drivers of team effectiveness; introducing and embedding large-scale change in organisations; hallmarks of a mindful team; developing change-ready, change-capable teams; and the changing role and development needs of directors and aspiring chief executives.

Alison has an MBA from Henley Business School and a professional doctorate. She was a founding director of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and co-chair of the 2nd Harvard International Coaching Research Forum. She is a member of the Academy of Management and a Fellow of CIPD.

Team Coaching Conversation 

Sandra Whiles and Emily Jones, Whiles and Jones Coaching

A relatively new entrant to the coaching field, team coaching is quickly becoming recognised as a powerful way to increase team performance for impact on both results and working experience. Over lunch there will be an opportunity to join a Team Coaching Conversation with professional coaches and team coaching experts Sandra Whiles and Emily Jones.  Sandra and Emily will share with delegates recent work to support organisations and teams using team coaching and share some useful team coaching tools for you to take back and use within your own teams and organisations.   There will be an opportunity to ask questions about how team coaching works and what organisations might need to think about before embarking on it. 

 Workshops include:

  • Using Coaching to Develop Performance and Engagement, Trayton Vance, Coaching Focus
  • 21st Century Public Servant; What drives people's performance? Dr Martin Reddington, MRA Ltd & Nigel Carruthers, LGA
  • Insights from the CIPD Profession Map, Matt Gofton, Senior Employment Solutions Manager, CIPD
 The Conference Programme can be found below:

East Midlands People Conference - 6 February 2019 - Conference Programme


Pera Business Park Nottingham Road Melton Mowbray LE13 0PB 


EMC are delighted to offer an early bird option, if you book before Friday 18 January places are buy one get one free.

The cost of a full place is £175 for members of EMC.

After the 18 January the cost is £175 per place for EMC members.

Associate Members - £210

Non-Members - £250

Prices are subject to VAT.


9:30 - 15:30

People Focused events 2019

People are always at the forefront of what we do at East Midlands Councils. Our vision for 2019 is to offer a suite of HR focused event on;

  • People Conference, Managing and Developing people in a changing world, 6 February 2018
  • Maximising Performance: Wellbeing and Resilience
  • Attracting and Development Talent

The tailored events for colleagues from across HR, Organisational Development and Learning and Development will, showcase exciting developments and innovative ways of working in our people focused world.    

Upcoming Dates for this event