Connect with other people professionals at our very own annual conference and HR Awards ceremony. Join our practitioner networks. Learn about key employment law differences across the UK. Read Working lives in Northern Ireland, our analysis of local job quality. Take part in our learning events and policy campaigns.

Northern Ireland Annual Conference – 30
April 2024

The CIPD Northern Ireland Conference will explore how the people profession can develop forward-thinking workforces capable of navigating and overcoming future challenges. Through a series of enlightening keynote presentations, engaging panel discussions and interactive sessions, delegates will benefit from insights from leading practitioners and discover how to develop workforces to meet your future needs.

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Northern Ireland HR Awards

The CIPD in Northern Ireland Awards celebrate organisations who are championing better work and working lives through the contribution of their HR and people management teams. Find out about the 2023 winners on our website.

More events in Northern Ireland

Click to view details of our upcoming events for our Public Policy Forum and Senior People Professionals Network in Northern Ireland.

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Northern Ireland Public Policy Forum

This forum, open to members and non-members, brings together people professionals with an interest in helping the CIPD to influence public policy. We consult and engage with policymakers on workplace practices by sharing our insights and analysis on labour market trends. 

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Senior People Professionals Network

This peer-to-peer network brings together senior HR, L&D and OD professionals from across Northern Ireland to network, learn and debate key issues affecting our profession and the future of work. 

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The CIPD branch in Northern Ireland

Our volunteer-run Northern Ireland branch delivers local events, learning opportunities, professional networks and special interest groups. The branch committee collaborates with the CIPD team to shape our national conferences and awards, identify opportunities and act as an advisory board to ensure everything we do in Northern Ireland is relevant and impactful.

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Learn about our work

Thought leadership and resources from our team in Northern Ireland.

Devolution and evolution in UK skills policy

A report seeking common ground in skills policy across the UK’s four nations

Influencing public policy in Northern Ireland

How we’re championing better work and working lives across Northern Ireland

Better work and working lives for Northern Ireland

The CIPD’s 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election manifesto

Working Lives Northern Ireland

Dedicated analysis of job quality and its impact on working lives in Northern Ireland

Discover more CIPD views and insights

Meet the team

Lee Panglea, Head of the CIPD in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Lee is responsible for promoting the CIPD as the indispensable voice in people and development, and a career partner to around 15,000 members across both nations. Her focus is on building relationships with key stakeholders, including local public policymakers, HR leaders, employers, strategic partners and business communities to encourage key contributors in the world of work to value people and development as indispensable to better work and working lives.

With over 25 years of commercial experience across the consumer, retail and professional services sectors throughout the UK, Lee brings significant personal experience of the world of work to her current role. Since joining the CIPD in 2013, Lee has developed expert knowledge in all areas of HR and the people profession. She regularly speaks on platforms, chairs conferences and judges on regional HR awards.

Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser

Marek leads our public policy work in Scotland and Northern Ireland, focusing primarily on fair work, skills and productivity. 

He writes our annual job quality report, Working Lives Scotland, and has written several policy and research reports around skills and the labour market in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He provides evidence to Parliamentary and Assembly committees, responds to government and executive consultations and inquiries and engages with ministers and civil servants.

Before joining the CIPD, Marek spent nearly a decade working at the Scottish Parliament as a political adviser responsible for policy making across devolved areas of public policy. He has written several election manifestos, dozens of policy papers and coordinated a series of independent policy commissions.

Vivien Struthers, Senior Employer Solutions Manager

Vivien’s passion is unlocking the true potential of individuals and the companies that they work for, which is why she loves her role as Senior Employer Solutions Manager for the CIPD in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Working directly with organisations, Vivien partners with clients to build the capability, impact and credibility of their HR and people functions in order to deliver business outcomes.

Having held multiple senior roles specialising in people development and organisational change, Vivien brings her extensive experience, expertise and energy to this role.

Whether it's establishing what good looks like, assessing current capabilities, providing industry-leading people development programmes, professionalising the people function, or becoming organisationally recognised as a CIPD People Development Partner, Vivien is the person to speak to.

Who we’re working with in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Skills Council

Established by the Department for the Economy, the Northern Ireland Skills Council brings policymakers, business leaders, trade unions and educators together to provide advice and support on Northern Ireland’s Skills Strategy.

Belfast Business Promise 

Belfast Business Promise is a new accreditation for employers working to improve Belfast. Working together to make Belfast a better city involves providing good jobs, whilst also supporting a sustainable local economy and building a healthier city for everyone. The pledge aims to create a community of organisations committed to improving how they do business together.

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Championing better work and working lives

About the CIPD

At the CIPD, we champion better work and working lives. We help organisations to thrive by focusing on their people, supporting economies and society for the future. We lead debate as the voice for everyone wanting a better world of work.