Welcome to our branch area

Welcome to our interactive showcase page featuring our upcoming events, special interest groups, and live social media feeds. 

I am delighted to take up the Chair of CIPD Manchester working alongside fellow volunteer CIPD members. We are here to serve the profession and our local community.

My HR experience spans 30 years, firstly in-house with several charities and for the past 20 years running my L&D consultancy; I am passionate about L&D and the difference it can make to organisational performance and effectiveness.

My journey with CIPD Manchester began some years ago – initially as the branch Public Policy Lead and more recently as the L&D Lead. I also initiated actions focusing on flexible working, hosted a CIPD ACE fringe event on HR's role in abolishing modern slavery and led last year's social media campaign raising awareness of neurodiversity at work.

We have a lot to do as a profession in this hugely challenging time. I am looking forward to working with you, as we step-up to these challenges together. 

Rachel Burnham, Assoc CIPD
Branch Chair 

Learn about our branch

We actively support the CIPD's purpose of Championing better work and working lives to benefit individuals, business, the economy, and society, at a local level.

We are proud to play our part in serving our area membership and the wider business community. Our volunteer committee members and ambassadors work hard to produce and deliver diverse activities to meet our profession's ever-evolving needs.

Our vision statement shapes everything we do and aspire to achieve over the next few years. We have many strengths, but there is much more we can do to improve and perform at the level our members and community deserve. We strive to capitalise on the work of the central CIPD, bringing it to you with a heavy dose of 'Manchesterness'. 

Browse our full programme of activities.

Our vision 2020-2023

Career partner

Established voice

Innovative and creative

Dynamic connector

Watch our vision video

Get involved

Volunteer with us

Becoming an ambassador is the first step towards seeking election to serve on our committee. Ambassador roles are highly sought-after and limited in number. If you meet the minimum requirements, demonstrate you share our values and are highly motivated with availability (more often than not in the early evening), please get in touch.

You'll have an opportunity to promote good practice and actively shape both the profession and our branch. As well as giving back to the profession, you'll have a chance to:

  • Develop new and transferrable skills.
  • Form new and valuable connections .
  • Work on strategic and creative branch projects.

Learn more

Special interest groups

Inclusion and diversity

HR engagement

Student and centres engagement

Membership engagement

Public policy panel

Organisational development

Learning and development

Standalone HR practitioners


Employment law

Fellows’ forum

Upcoming events

Stay connected

We encourage positive social action helping to raise awareness of important issues that impact the world of work. Visit our branch website to discover a host of articles by thought leaders, branch volunteers and representatives from organisations leading much-needed change.

Refresh your memory or catch-up on significant events you may have missed via our useful resources (including event summaries, key takeaways, top tweets and reports in easy-to-follow collections).

We're active across many popular social media channels including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Engage with us via your preferred channel(s). 

You can also keep in touch with us by signing up to our newsletter.

Feel free to contact us by email with any questions or feedback you may have.

CIPD North and Northern Area Partnership

CIPD North are building a network of members, volunteers and stakeholders to develop the profession, build our policy relevance and reach, and establish the voice of CIPD North. We are also a part of a longstanding voluntary partnership of the ten northern England branches covering between them an area from the Scottish border down to Cheshire in the West and South Yorkshire in the East and providing services to around 24,000 members.

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