HR 2023 Essex and Ipswich CIPD Half Day Event and Annual Meeting

With 2023 bringing a changed world of work. Join us to explore practical solutions for current and future HR Challenges.

  • Tue 23 May 23

    11:30 - 17:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Essex Business School

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  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

Join us for our annual event with leading practitioners and HRM academics exploring practical solutions for current and future HR challenges. You will also learn more about the Essex and Ipswich CIPD branch and volunteering opportunities and benefits.

About this event

There is no doubt 2023 is bringing a changed world of work. The ongoing cost of living crisis, economic stagnation, rapid technology developments such as Chat GPT and hybrid and agile working becoming business as usual means significant people management challenges and opportunities. How can you and your organisation ensure your HR strategies and policies are fit for purpose and prioritise employee wellbeing in these turbulent times? The event will also explore the skills and competencies that HR professionals need to future proof their careers in these turbulent times.


Why attend?

  1. Employment law updates and practical guidance on hybrid working
  2. Careers clinic from specialist HR recruiter
  3. Extensive networking opportunities with HR professionals from across the region
  4. Interactive and highly practical sessions
  5. Learn more about the Essex and Ipswich CIPD branch and volunteering opportunities

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Registration and welcome refreshments


Essex and Ipswich CIPD branch Annual meeting.


Future proofing your HR Career with the meta skills organisations need

with Irina Blinova


HR Careers Clinic

with Michael Pickup


Break and networking


Chose from one of the following;

Strategies for managing workplace conflict in hybrid and agile working (Elaine Yerby and Ian Roper)


Employment Tribunal update and preparing the tribunal bundle (Julie Temple)


Improving performance and engagement in your Hybrid Teams

with Gill Brabner Resound Training and Development


Conference close followed by networking

Speaker bios

Irina Blinova

Irina Blinova PWC Senior Manager Leadership Academy Ukraine.

Senior executive with a demonstrated history of working in the accounting industry. I have extensive experience in internal audit, risk management, operational and people management. Thunderbird School of Global Management alumni. A regular speaker at conferences focused on people management and IT audit.

I was at the forefront of the PwC Academy development in Ukraine and have been working as an Academy Leader since its founding in 2009. Currently, PwC Academy Ukraine offers 10 international certifications in various fields. For 10 years, together with my team, we hosted 1500+ educational events, which were attended by 10,000+ visitors.

I see my social mission in bringing innovation to the Ukrainian audit community, providing free educational events on finance management and cooperating with Ukrainian universities on students awareness of career opportunities.

 Irina's Linkedin

Michael Pickup

Michael Pickup Managing Director Oyster Search and Selection

Managing Director of a leading HR recruitment consultancy with over 25 years experience in Human Resources. Trusted adviser to a range of clients in the Legal, Professional and Financial Services sectors, with a reputation amongst candidates for straightforward, impartial careers advice and professionalism.


Michael's Linkedin

Elaine Yerby

Dr Elaine YerbySenior Lecturer in HRM Essex Business School

I am a committed researcher- practitioner in HRM and experienced Senior Lecturer. My doctoral studies explored HR managerial careers through a feminist poststructuralist and intersectional lens. Other research interests and areas of publication include; the impact on careers from the changing nature of work, the gig economy, work-based conflict resolution and diversity and

for over 10 years and I am currently Co-Chair of the East London and Docklands CIPD Branch and sit on the CIPD London Committee. I am also an accredited workplace mediator and am a founding member of a Pan-London University mediation community of practice and service.


Elaine's Linkedin

Ian Roper

Dr Ian Roper Reader in OB and HRM Essex Business School

Ian researches and teaches in the subject of human resource management. He has research interests in a number of inter-related areas including: 'reforming' work in public services; the impact of employment regulation on equality-related issues; the 'professional' nature of HRM; the relationship between corporate social responsibility and HRM and relatedly, how these relate to the issue of 'Modern Slavery'. Most recently he is interested in the notion of 'Agile' working.

Ian's Linkedin

Gill Brabner

Gill Brabner Resound Training and Development

Resound Training Solutions is led by Gill. They are a highly interactive training company specialising in designing and delivering high impact learning programmes and live events using drama-based learning, forum theatre, videos and coaching.

Resound Retraining

Julie Temple Partner

Julie Temple Partner, Head of BLHR and Employment Team Birkett Long 

My main focus has been on advising commercial clients on a broad range of topics, most recently holiday pay, the implementation of GDPR and acting on a number of restrictive covenant cases, as well as some complex claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination. I am currently advising a range of clients on the changes to IR35 and off-payroll working rules.

As a member of Birkett Long’s Education team, I take the lead on providing employment and HR related advice to our range of education clients.

Julie's Linkedin