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CIPD Employee Engagement

25th September 2019 @ 8:15 am - 4:00 pm

We are pleased to be sponsoring this CIPD Cumbria event alongside Armstrong Watson

This event is aimed at anyone who has responsibility for people or developing people related strategies.

This will be a highly interactive day exploring how employee engagement can transform the performance of organisations, and the people that work in them.

Learning from over two decades of research and experience, gained with leading organisations from around the world, we will explore how the employee experience has evolved – and continues to evolve – in a fast changing world.

We will consider the impact of technology and share some tips, tricks, tools and techniques that will help your organisation to become a great place to work.

You will engage with a number of specialists including an employee engagement agency to learn about harnessing the power of storytelling in business, and gain insights in to how to create a culture and working practices that will power your organisation to future success.

Participants will explore, appreciate and gain a better understanding of

  • how to unlock the potential of your own people
  • the impact of disengagement and the choices organisations have
  • how the employee experience can positively impact the health and wellbeing of your workforce
  • the importance of employee engagement in order to help future proof organisations
  • how to apply some practical tools and techniques to develop an aligned, engaged and therefore productive workforce

Registration at 8.15am for a 9.00am start



Key Contributors

Maxine Blake – Consultant & Owner, Parker HR Limited

Maxine originally qualified with a BSc in Applied Chemistry from the University of Central Lancashire in 1997 before moving into the commercial sector. The following 13 years involved the successful management and leadership of various businesses with turnovers to £8.3m whilst studying towards her MBA with the Open University then finally completing her MSc. in Human Resource Management in 2012.

She has led and developed Group HR functions previously for multinational private sector organisations working in both unionised and non-unionised environments within industries including retail, hospitality, logistics, distribution and utilities. She has successfully supported large change programmes and specialises in Employment Law, Diversity, HRD and Strategic Business Partnership. She is passionate about the transition of women into senior/board level positions and has previously mentored individuals for their professional development.


Chris Carey

Chris has over 32 years of experience in employee communications and people development, including 22 years as managing director of award-winning employee engagement specialists, Axiom.

Chris has successfully led a large number of global employee engagement campaigns with some of the world’s leading companies in a wide-variety of business sectors, including Engineering, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Retail, Manufacturing, Travel, and Financial Services.

Chris’ passion is to help client organisations achieve their full potential, through the actions of their own better engaged, aligned and motivated workforce. His experience and track-record, allied to his detailed knowledge of best practice, means he is frequently asked to personally coach senior people in client organisations, including Anglo American, AstraZeneca and Virgin.

Chris specialises in helping leaders to deliver clear, concise and compelling communications in all sorts of business settings from one-to-one communication through to presentations to large groups of people, often through storytelling or narrative techniques.


James Anderson – co-founder and CEO of Peachy Mondays

“At Peachy Mondays, we combine a best-of-breed enterprise-scale employee feedback platform, with outstanding service and advice. We are not hampered by old technology or thinking. We partner with our clients… providing exceptional business value.

“We help companies go from feedback to action in just days, so they’re more people-centric, more agile, and positive change can happen fast. For example, we work with Vodafone and Ziggo who merged in the Netherlands – which can be a scary time for employees – yet engagement has steadily increased, with some key metrics up by 20% in just 4 months.

“Our innovative platform replaces traditional feedback tools across the employee lifecycle from onboarding through engagement to exit. It speeds up analysis, and replaces follow-up focus groups and meetings normally needed to understand survey data. Our global client base is in multiple industries, and we are now gathering employee feedback in 12 languages and over 60 countries.


Lucy Harrison, Harrison Network

Lucy is a qualified, registered professional coach and facilitator who has been helping organisations develop effective communication and strategy for over 20 years. She specialises in creating the space to think so people can drive and thrive through change. Fascinated by ideas, Lucy helps her clients sort through clutter for simple and pragmatic solutions. She recently authored the study into Coaching in Cumbria.

Her organisation, the Harrison Network, supports organisations facing change to motivate, communicate and collaborate more effectively. They create space to think and learn, then help you work out how to make the changes stick. They develop leaders that inspire, teams that communicate, staff that are engaged and motivated, and cultures that transform. You can call them coaches, facilitators or trainers; they are good at what they do.


Kim Logan – CEO, ADR Mediation & Training CIC

 With a BA in Social Work & Welfare Studies from the University of Central Lancashire, Kim is a NOCN trained mediator with more than a decade of experience in community, family and workplace mediation. Completing her PTTLS training in 2007, Kim also delivers high quality training in mediation skills and conflict management which is approved by the College of Mediators.

Kim is passionate about the benefits of mediation and continues to take an active role as a mediator for ADR.


Tom Scaife – Partner, Baines Wilson LLP

Tom is an Employment Partner at business law firm, Baines Wilson, providing pragmatic advice on HR and day to day employment issues. Tom joined Baines Wilson as a trainee in 2009 having previously worked for a training company in South Cumbria delivering training on a range of legal and business issues. Tom plays an active role in developing and managing employment law training events and workshops on behalf of clients to ensure they get the very best from their employees and achieve their business objectives.

Refreshment will be provided throughout the day, if you have any dietary requirements please email

Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.


25th September 2019
8:15 am - 4:00 pm
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Penrith, CA11 0DQ United Kingdom + Google Map

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