#cipdACE16 Blogsquad Assemble!


I am so excited to be announced as part of this year’s blogsquad at the CIPD’s Annual Conference and Exhibition which is taking place on 9th and 10th of November in Manchester Central.

The blogsquad is made up of 8 HR/L&D/OD professionals brought together in an Avengers style fashion to bring you the happenings of this years event. We are not professional bloggers so expect the unexpected! We will be working our way through keynotes, seminars and exhibitions and pretty much bringing the event to life using the power of social media.

Our job is pretty simple but is by no means a walk in the park! We will be using a plethora of social media methods between us to deliver up to date information about what is going on as and when it happens throughout the entire event; bring on the plasters for our sore thumbs!

The mediums that I will be using are; Periscope, Twitter, Instagram and of course my blog here. If you want to join in or ask us a question, feel free to comment, come and meet us at the event (I am happy to have a selfie with you!) or tweet us.

It is genuinely fantastic to have been asked, my blog is still in it’s early stages but I have managed to build relationships with so many people all over the world – just by writing my thoughts on a blog, it’s pretty amazing stuff really when you think about it!

It is a real privilege to work with these people and I know I keep saying how excited I am but I simply cannot wait to meet (that’s right I’ve not met any of these guys yet!) and work with these incredibly talented and knowledgeable people.

So anyway; who are the blogsquad?


Tim Scott – I love Tim’s blog, I like to think of him as our very own Ironman, resourceful, confident and loves gadgets! I regularly read his musings and think he really brings his subjects to life

Gem Dale – I like to think of her as the Nick Fury of the blogsquad; knowledgable, smart and brilliantly funny. I am a huge fan of her blog, adore the frankness of her subjects and above all she is a master of blogging

Ian Pettigrew – He is the Hawkeye of the team; organised, knows everything that is happening and works very quickly. He is a blogging master, I know for certain I won’t be as fast as him but I certainly aim to try to keep up!

Damiana Castle – This lady is simply beautiful inside and out, she lives and breathes HR in a very holistic and inspiring way. She is our Captain America; proud, disciplined and always thinks of different viewpoints without judgement

Gary Cookson – (sorry Gary, someone had to be Hulk!) whilst he is certainly not green; Gary is a highly experienced HRD who knows his strategic subjects so I’m excited to work with someone with expertise outside of my comfort zone and hope to learn a lot from him over the two days

Amelia Tickle – I speak with Amelia regularly on Twitter and is such a get up and go kind of lady, she’s highly motivating so hopefully as a fellow newbie we can work our way through the event together, she is definitely our Black Widow; always finding solutions, is flexible in her approach and always has a plan!

Finally it’s the lady known as Priyadotcom – she is now known as our Thor; she is a powerhouse and definitely a force to be reckoned with when it comes to blogging! She is a fan of wine (as am I!) so I think we can work well together. On a serious note, I love her fresh-feel blog and how it can appeal to everyone at all levels, she is very inspiring and I can’t wait to meet her

As for me, I’m probably more like Loki…

So there we have it, this year’s blogsquad are here to entertain and inspire throughout #cipdACE16, time to buckle up and kick social media butt – blogsquad assemble!




It’s time for me to join the circus…

As I write this I am humming the circus tune in my head, because that’s what my life feels like right now – ha-ha!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining; I love my job (which is obvious) but I’ve now joined the struggle that so many face, juggling studying, step children and day to day life can make life feel very much like a circus.

As some of you know, I started my CIPD level 7 journey in June and ever since it hasn’t stopped! This is why I have been so distracted and not on here for a little while.

I’ve also been busy with the aftermath of HR Acts of Kindness and I have carried what I have learnt from you all and the tasks set and incorporated it in to my day to day life which has been really refreshing; I have given to the homeless (coffee’s, vouchers and cake) I am completing my 10,000 step a day challenge for Cancer Research UK (thank you LWR Fitness for keeping me focussed) and I will continue to seek new challenges as the time progresses.

In CIPD branch news I will be attending the CIPD Midlands Area Partnership event on 8th October, yes it’s a Saturday event but with a keynote from the one and only Peter Cheese it cannot be missed. I am incredibly excited so do make sure you book a ticket if you can as they’re selling fast!

I am also attending this years CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) in Manchester so if you’re attending, feel free to come and find me – we can grab a coffee and even a selfie if you wish! It would be great to meet you so do make sure you come over and say hello. There are some things I am working on with this but I cannot say at the moment but as soon as I do I will let you know! Keep an eye on Twitter too; follow me @natalieellishr.

Thank you for your emails and messages, I adore your support and I am always looking for new topics to cover so do let me know what interests you or what you’d like me to blog about.