Programme from the event

The Business Case for Good Employment Relations in NI – Professor Chris Warhurst, Director, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick

The Impact of Our Good Employment Relations Charter on the Local Economy – Carol Halford, Manager – Good Employment Charter Implementation Unit Greater Manchester Combined Authority (This session included an exclusive video presentation from Andy Burnham, Mayor of GMCA)

Effective Partnerships between Employers and Employees to Deliver Organisational Success: a HR perspective – Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD

Effective Partnerships between Employers and Employees to Deliver Organisational Success: a trade union perspective – Patricia McKeown, UNISON

Panel discussion with morning speakers - Our panel is joined by Dr Sally Wright, Senior Research Fellow, Warwick Institute for Employment Research.

Knowledge Nuggets Session I with audience Q&As

  • The Cost of Conflict – Prof. Peter Urwin, Director, Centre for Employment Research, University of Westminster

  • The Value of Platinum – A case study on the value of investing in people – Eddie Salmon, IIP Assessor, and Sam Davidson, HR Director at Henderson Group

  • Securing Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces – Orla McKeating, Director, Diversity Mark

Knowledge Nuggets Session II with audience Q&As

  • Fair Work in Wales – Shavanah Taj, General Secretary, Wales Trade Union Congress and Hannah Blythyn MS, Deputy Minister for Social Partnership in the Welsh Government.

  • The Belfast Business Promise – Maria Robinson, Belfast Business Promise Programme Coordinator at Belfast City Council

  • IR in Ireland – Recommendations for change to the collective bargaining and the industrial relations landscape in Ireland - Patricia King, former General Secretary of ICTU and member of the Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF) in Ireland

  • Panel discusion with afternoon speakers


As well the media on this page, a stream for the whole event can be viewed here, as well as all the slides from the day, which can be found here.

Post-Conference Report