If you're going to Manchester this year, CIPD is running a "fringe" event...
"HR Unscrambled is a
breakfast unconference, where you will meet and talk with other HR
professionals who want to make work and working lives the best they can
be. You will spend time meeting new people and talking in small groups
about the things that matter to you. After the session, the key themes
and outputs will be written up and shared with you."
We're aiming for this to be a welcoming and informal way to network, explore HR issues that are important to you and have influence; we'll be documenting key outputs to share with participants and to continue the debate.
You don't have to have paid for the main conference, it's a free event for members.