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Resilience through recession: Acas and CIPD, 11 June, summit agenda

Thursday 26 March 2009

Acas, the employment relations service, and the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) have revealed the line up and agenda for their joint summit, set to take place in London on the 11th June.

The conference will feature a range of high-profile speakers, providing guidance on the critical role of people management in the recession.

Business leaders, managers, HR specialists and other delegates will benefit from keynote speeches from several industry leaders including Ed Sweeney (Acas Chair), Jackie Orme (CIPD Chief Executive), John Philpott (CIPD Director of Public Policy) Frances O'Grady (TUC Deputy General Secretary) and Chris Humphries (UK Commission for Employment and Skills Chief Executive).

In addition, interactive seminars will be staged, addressing themes such as the line managers' role in supporting learning, managing stress and reducing workplace conflict. Attendees will also see examples of good-practice employment relations, with live case study sessions including West Midlands Police, Southern Trains, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Vosper Thornycroft.

Ed Sweeney, Acas Chair commented: "This event is bringing together some of the most prominent employment relations and HR experts in employment relations and HR, to helping business leaders understand how to support managers in engaging with and motivating employees in the downturn."

Key topics being discussed include:

  • Management skills in difficult times
  • The importance of employee engagement during a downturn
  • The key role of skills through recession
  • Labour market outlook: the implications for people management
  • Developing skills in the workplace

Resilience through recession: The crucial role of people management and development is taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, SW1P 3EE. For full details please visit

Notes for editors

Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has over 133,000 members and is the leading professional institute for those involved in the management and development of people.

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