HR Business Partner Development Programme

Development Programme
Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

More than ever before, HR is expected to deliver pragmatic and measurable solutions that support and add greater value to the business.

So, stand out from the crowd and become an effective HR Business Partner of today, and for tomorrow. This comprehensive programme will give you all you need to develop business savviness and agility, the skills to build effective relationships across your organisation, plus the knowledge and confidence to prove your HR function’s worth in a constantly changing business world.

Please note this is not a qualification and is therefore not accredited.


Start dates and how to enrol

  • First module start date: 01 April 2019
  • Non-Member:
    + VAT [About membership]
  • Member: £2,299.00 + VAT
    • Location: London
    • Availability: Spaces
  • First module start date: 20 August 2019
  • Non-Member:
    + VAT [About membership]
  • Member: £2,299.00 + VAT
    • Location: London
    • Availability: Spaces
  • First module start date: 18 December 2019
  • Non-Member:
    + VAT [About membership]
  • Member: £2,299.00 + VAT
    • Location: London
    • Availability: Spaces

Expectations of how HR adds value to the business are rising. Organisations require more in terms of contribution to strategy, the execution of business plans, and the delivery of tangible commercial benefits. In order to do this, HR needs to understand the business model, provide insights from data and evidence, connect with business leaders, and lead with integrity, consideration and challenge.

Designed in conjunction with practising, highly experienced HR Business Partners, this unique and practical programme will enable you to identify how to achieve business objectives, through the design and implementation of agile and value-driven HR solutions and behaviours.


About the Programme

Taking a blended approach, the programme combines face-to-face learning, a Virtual Learning Environment that holds programme materials and useful resources and delegates are encouraged to join a LinkedIn Community of HR Business Partners for sharing ideas and networking. This powerful mix is one of the best ways to achieve sustained skills enhancement, and also minimises the time you spend away from the office.

You have the option of a personal coach*, who will provide support, guidance and encouragement throughout the programme. This invaluable support will help you apply your learning at work, and make a difference straight away.

This development programme is made up of four core units, each comprising a face-to-face module (2-days). The programme is completed with a final ‘wrap up’ day (1-day workshop) where you will be asked to present (in groups) your answer to a Central Case Study which is given to you at the beginning of the programme. See the ‘Content’ section for further details. 



We can also run this programme in-house for a group of people in your organisation. Delivered as it features here, or tailored to suit your organisational needs, in-house programmes are a cost effective way of developing a number of people in your organisation. Request a call back and one of our consultants will get in touch to discuss your needs.

Length of Programme
The programme takes four months to complete.
Who is it for

This programme is designed for HR professionals aspiring to become an HR Business Partner, or junior developing HR Business Partners looking to increase their knowledge and skills in the development and implementation of business focused, value-driven HR solutions.


In order to gain from, and contribute to this programme fully, you must be in an HR role.


On successful completion of this development programme, you will:


  • be able to build more effective relationships within your organisations, and increase your visibility
  • be able to demonstrate your credibility to your key stakeholders through your business savviness and agility
  • know how to focus on the areas that matter most and add greatest value to your business now and in the future
  • be able to maximise the opportunity presented to your HR function to demonstrate its’ worth given the current economic climate
  • develop your capability and potential as an HR leader of the future.

PRE-WORK - you will be required to complete around 11 hours of pre-reading or pre-work before attending this programme.  Please ensure you factor this into your time. 

(Pre-work will be available on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). VLE access details will be sent to you 2-3 weeks from the start date. Please note if you are a late booker, access may be delayed slightly, however pre-work will be sent to you via e-mail.)

The programme takes approximately four months to complete and comprises the following:


Module 1 - The Business Savvy HRBP

  • Face-to-face (2-days)  


By the end of the module, you’ll be able to:

  • identify what business leaders actually want from HR in today’s workplace, and to apply the concepts of business savviness as an HR Business Partner
  • understand more about current and emerging business models that are changing the way we do business
  • understand how applying a commercial HR mindset will win credibility with the business and its leadership
  • explore how to develop deep organisational insight by identifying, analysing, qualifying and quantifying the key internal and external factors that impact the business
  • identify and evaluate examples of where HR can make the greatest difference by concentrating effort and resources on the areas that matter most to the business
  • demonstrate an understanding of how being insight-led is a critical ingredient to being an effective HR Business Partner and for developing ‘Next Generation HR'.

Module 2 - Mining Data for HR Insight

  • Face-to-face (2-days) 


By the end of the module, you’ll be able to:

  • understand the different types and levels of data used to fuel effective analytics
  • demonstrate an understanding of how data metrics contribute to evidence-based human capital decisions
  • describe the role of human capital analytics as a process for mining organisational data
  • select an appropriate format for communicating various classes of people metrics
  • articulate analytical processes for distinguishing between high and low performance, attrition management, workforce planning and calculating ROI on human capital investment
  • calculate the ROI on human capital investment to ensure that HR enables the business to make key decisions about its people and potential outcomes
  • identify criteria for selecting between strategic and tactical analytics initiatives
  • describe the organisational changes required to support an HR analytics infrastructure.

Module 3 - The Influential Partner

  • Face-to-face (2-days) 


By the end of the module, you’ll be able to:

  • understand why effective influencing is essential for a successful HR Business Partner
  • identify, build upon and add to your existing influencing skills in a business context
  • acknowledge the influence your personal brand can have in managing perceptions
  • examine key tools and models to create and deliver effective communication that makes an impact and influences
  • demonstrate how to practically identify and map key stakeholders who influence your work
  • identify the elements of influencing and learn to apply these to all stakeholder engagements; particularly at a senior level.

Module 4 - The HRBP as Organisational Coach-Mentor

  • Face-to-face (2-days) 


By the end of the module, you’ll be able to:

  • understand the fundamental differences and similarities between coaching and mentoring
  • develop confidence to act consistently as an effective coach-mentor
  • build strategies for the development and improvement of coaching and mentoring
  • develop specialist skills and enhanced professional practice with teams
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to support organisational change programmes through coaching and mentoring
  • explain how to get maximum return on the investment in coaching programmes.

Wrap Up Day

  • Face-to-face (1-day)
This workshop includes case study (group) presentations and programme learning application. 

All successful delegates that complete the core programme will receive a Certificate of Completion. This is a development programme and does not lead to a formal qualification or grade of membership. 

How to gain

To complete this development programme, delegates must attend all of the programme units. 


Special features

Optional 1:1 personal coaching option

For an additional fee, you have the choice of a personal coach over a series of five one hour sessions, who will provide support, guidance and encouragement throughout the programme. This is an invaluable resource that will help you explore how to apply your learning back at work and how you progress in your career.


The coaching option on the programme is provided, and managed, by The OCM. Started in 1998 in Oxford, The OCM are international providers of coaching and mentoring qualifications and skills training for both organisations and individuals. The OCM have worked in partnership with the CIPD since 2004 to deliver accredited coach-mentoring qualifications which included the provision of 1:1 coaching support for all delegates on the programmes. Should you chose this option, you will be provided with one of their expert coach-mentor supervisors who will support your learning throughout the qualification.

First-class facilitators 

The facilitators you will meet on this programme have in-depth knowledge of their subject, and combine academic expertise with years of hands-on business and industry experience. They are passionate about their specialist areas, and have proven time and time again their ability to facilitate top-quality learning and provide the best possible learning experience. So, whilst theory and models matter (and you’ll get them), they are skilled in helping you ‘translate’ them into your day-to-day reality.


Take a look at the Tutors tab on this page to view biographies of just some of the facilitators you’re likely to meet on the programme. Why not look them up on Google – we’re proud of the fact that many of our tutors are among the UK’s leading experts in their specialist area.


A blended approach

The programme takes a blended approach – combining face-to-face learning, and interaction through an online learning community. This powerful mix is one of the best ways to achieve sustained skills enhancement, and also minimises the time you need to spend away from the office.


Practical and applicable

For your learning to work, it has to be relevant to your workplace. That’s why our programmes focus on providing you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply your learning back at work straight away. You’ll explore your own needs and issues, as well as share experiences, challenges and insights with other participants and your expert tutor. We constantly update and improve our programmes, to ensure they are aligned with your changing needs and prepare you for the issues facing your profession.


Our programmes provide you with comprehensive documentation and reference material to support you in your studies. These extensive resources help you put your learning into practice as soon as you return to work. 

Course Tutors

Ms Sylvia Doyle

Sylvia is the founder of her own reward consulting practice and a Chartered Fellow of CIPD. As one of the Lead Programme Tutors of the CIPD Level 7 and Postgraduate Reward Programmes, her expertise includes pay structures; total reward; variable pay, executive remuneration and strategic reward to develop and implement reward solutions that impact employee engagement and bottom-line results. Sylvia also mentors HR decision makers on reward since establishing a successful reward mentoring programme in 2010. Sylvia is an independent non-executive director on the remuneration committee of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and was on the remuneration committee of the RICS until 2015. Sylvia regularly speaks and writes on reward issues in the media, including the Financial Times.

Ms Sylvia Baumgartner

Sylvia combines extensive commercial, management, OD and HR experience with outstanding credentials as a developer. Her commercial experience draws on 25 years’ international work in the retail, manufacturing, financial services, education, pharmaceutical, legal, charity, energy, health and engineering industries and across both private and public sector organisations. She has owned and successfully managed her own retail business and currently her organisational development (OD) consultancy. Sylvia spends her time between developing OD and HR practitioners (development interventions, shadow consulting and coaching), conducting OD and Organisation Design projects (enabling organisations and individuals to fulfill on their objectives and increase their performance), as well as undertaking leadership development and coaching. Sylvia has worked in most industries and types of organisations ranging from a retailer with over 485K employees to a specialist consultancy with only 22 people.

Ms Samantha Gee

Ms Sadie Sharp

Ms Jessica Raby

Jessica Raby is an independent management development consultant, trainer and executive coach. She draws on techniques and experience gained over 20 years in a broad range of environments. Jessica has a firm understanding of the corporate world and the complex challenges faced, having worked as a business analyst at Accenture and as an ergonomics consultant. She had delivered to a wide variety of sectors including high tech and information technology, government, pharmaceuticals, financial and legal. Her background is in health and psychology and her qualifications include a degree in Physiotherapy and a Master’s degree in Ergonomics. She is licensed to use both the MBTI and SDI instruments, employing psychometric tools and 360 degree feedback where appropriate. She works with teams to understand how they can work more effectively together and develop themselves individually as leaders. Jessica specialises in communication and behaviour; in particular assertiveness, influencing, motivation and leadership.

Ms Glenda Bennett

Glenda is both a consultant with the CIPD, and a practising manager. With extensive experience in leading and delivering major change and transformation programmes, working with Boards and senior managers on organisational design, development and change, Glenda’s expertise in informed by experience as well as best practice.


Glenda delivers organisational design projects which are usually large scale, and often complex in the private, voluntary and public sector. In designing and delivering organisational design programmes, she works with senior managers to analyse  organisational drivers and their impact on the business,  and wherever possible  adopts an engagement-led approach  to the development of  new operating models, involving staff, stakeholders and customers. Using a consultative approach which fully engages managers and employees, has repeatedly worked to successfully minimize the impact on the business short term. Included in the organisational design work is the design of more efficient spans and layers and sets of accountabilities which enables more effective service delivery to the customer and clearer performance expectations within the business.


Glenda’s is passionate about people and performance: her workshops are engaging, stimulating and will help you to address strategic and practical problems in your organisations.

Ms Giorgia Gamba

Ms Esther O'Halloran

Ms Elaine Heslop

Elaine Heslop is an experienced employment law practitioner. She has worked as a solicitor conducting employment law litigation for over twenty years and was also legal director of Islington Law Centre. She is currently employed part-time as a solicitor and senior lecturer at Kent Law Clinic within the University of Kent. She has experience of lecturing and training to a wide range of audiences, including practising lawyers, law graduates and undergraduates and HR practitioners. She lectures on the CIPD PGCEL course and is a PGCEL personal tutor. She is published by The Law Society in employment tribunal procedures and employment discrimination law, and by The Legal Action Group in legal advice skills.

Ms Carol Noakes

Ms Anna-Marie Watson

Ms Andrea Moffat

An L&D, HR and Management Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator with extensive experience across the private, public and voluntary sectors, Andrea established The Learning Interventions Company Ltd in 1995. A current practitioner specialising in Performance Management & Competencies, Management & Leadership Development, Project Management, Leading and Managing Change, and Equality of Opportunity and Diversity, Andrea has a growing client base and reputation, and in recent years her work has developed to include Organisation Development contracts. In addition Andrea also works within the academic environment delivering programmes predominantly overseas on behalf of the University of Gloucestershire.

Mrs Ray Parmenter

Ray has been delivering CIPD programmes for 17 years and other business or management related linked areas. Ray has been a personal tutor for the CIPD’s Advanced Award in Reward Management for the last nine years and has taught in both Further and Higher Education for a number of institutions in Kent and Hertfordshire and as a senior lecturer for ten years in Bedfordshire. Ray has also been an external examiner and moderator. Before the start of her academic career, she had HR roles in hospitality and manufacturing including a short period in Australia.

Mrs Philippa Webster

Philippa has a wealth of HR experience and her skills and knowledge cover a wide-range of HR areas including dealing with grievance and disciplinary issues for clients, whilst running training programmes, not only for the CIPD, but bespoke offerings to private clients. She also works as a ‘hands-on’ HR professional working with organisations, large and small in areas such as measuring the ROI on the HR function - such as training - as well as reviewing and writing policies and procedures. She works all over the UK and in Europe and has worked for private organisation, public organisations and European bodies. She is a published author.

Mrs Olive Strachan

Mrs Michelle Parry-Slater

Michelle has over 15 years’ experience largely in the Global Mobility sector, as a Senior Learning and Development business strategist & people manager, with proven results. She is a double award winning modern learning specialist with areas of interest including blended learning, social learning, digital learning, company culture and leadership. Using her years of management experience alongside delivery of leadership programmes, Michelle brings a practical approach to writing and delivering leadership & management programmes which focus on strategy, culture and productivity. She is a self-motivated, energetic, enthusiastic trainer via all mediums from face to face to live online delivery.  A strong people manager with the skills to engage and encourage people, Michelle is an honest and plain speaker who leads by example, living by values of challenge, excellence and transparency.
Michelle, a Masters graduate, maintains a fresh approach to Learning and Development in continuing her professional development by actively engaging with social media, webinars, industry events, and conferences as delegate, tweeter, blogger and speaker. Michelle also appears monthly on Learning Now TV and on a variety of podcasts. A Fellow of the LPI and Chartered Member of CIPD, she is part of the CIPD L&D team, writing and delivering on several leadership CIPD programmes, including the award winning Level 5 L&D qualification.

Mrs Kathy Daniels

Kathy Daniels was Head of HR at a large manufacturing organisation in the West Midlands. Whilst working there she became interested in employment law and now runs her own consultancy business specialising in employment law and employee relations. She writes extensively on the topic as well as presenting seminars and training events. She has written a number of books, including an employment law textbook which is now in its fourth edition. She writes regular newsletters for a range of organisations, including the CIPD, and is responsible for writing and updating the CIPD ‘Law at Work’ training materials. Kathy is the CIPD Lead Tutor for employment law, covering levels 3,5 and 7. Kathy is also a Lay Member of the Employment Tribunals, sitting in Birmingham.

In addition to this, Kathy lectures at Aston University teaching employment law and employee relations at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is Programme Director for the undergraduate HRM degree.

Mrs Kate Shepherd

Mrs Jacqueline Ann Alexander

Mrs Jacqueline Alexander

Mrs Gerry Eckersley

A highly effective and commercially astute Leadership & Management Consultant with a proven track record of delivery across OD, Culture Change, Leadership Development, coaching and the full range of HR Disciplines. Known for commercial and practical solutions, as well as academic rigour, including teaching at University undergraduate and postgraduate level. Lay member of the Employment Tribunals (Scotland) and recognised coach and mentor to Director level.

Mrs Georgia Rothon

Mrs Emma Bridger

Emma Bridger is an award winning employee engagement, communication and change specialist, with over 18 years’ experience. Emma began her career lecturing graduates and post-graduates in psychology. Combining this understanding of psychology, with 15 years practical business experience, and an MBA, Emma has demonstrated how employee engagement can help organisations achieve their goals and create a competitive advantage. She set up People Lab in 2009 to deliver employee engagement solutions to a wide range of clients. Emma has also designed and developed the CIPDs range of employee engagement courses as well as contributing to, and being published within Engage for Success. Emma is a member of the “guru group” helping the Government taskforce on engagement. She is a regular conference speaker and case studies detailing her work have been published in industry journals. She is also a qualified, practicing coach and a member of the Institute of Public Relations.

Mrs Charlotte Bruce-Foulds

Charlotte is The OCM's Managing Director of Coach-Mentoring Training and Development and has been working with The OCM since 2004, after a career spanning 25 years working in senior management roles in Retail and Distribution. She has a strong background in management, coaching and mentoring, training and development, as well as a good level of knowledge of the strategic issues involved in people management having latterly worked as a Human Resources Director. Charlotte is highly experienced in setting up structured coaching and mentoring programmes to facilitate the development of senior managers and support leadership behavioural changes. She is responsible for overseeing and facilitating many client programmes and workshops. Her senior management and board experience coupled with her coach-mentoring expertise, also enable her to provide Executive Coaching and Mentoring services.

Mrs Cas Carrington

Cas is a Partner with KLC Employment Law Consultants where she has headed up the employment law training department for 10 years. Cas develops, writes and delivers employment law training courses on a huge range of topics including the biannual CIPD ‘Law on Tour’ workshops. She teaches on many other CIPD law courses, including the Advanced Level Award in Employment Law, and also delivers training for CIPD In-Company clients. Bringing a very practical approach to her training, Cas is well known for her lively and informal style of explaining complex employment law issues. As well as being involved in training, Cas also has extensive experience of advising all types of organisations including charitable organisations, government departments, and blue chips on a wide range of employment law and employee relations issues.

Mrs Carrie Stockton

Carrie works as an Executive Coach, HR Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator. Her extensive experience spans over 20 years working in and for a variety of organisations in senior HR and leadership development roles. During this time she has learnt how to build teams quickly to deliver results in fast paced environments. Carrie works to enhance individual, team and organisational performance through a variety of interventions, which lead to effective and sustainable change.

Mrs Caroline Sullivan

Mrs Antonia Schreuder McAlindin

Mrs Antonia McAlindin

Antonia is a qualified barrister - specialising in labour law. In addition, Toni is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an Employment Tribunal Member. She is past Chair of both the CIPD Scottish Partnership and the Women's Legal Defence Fund Scotland and a former Member of CIPD’s national committees on Employment Relations and Equal Opportunities, and a current member of its Employment Relations Panel. She was a part-time lawyer with the Citizens Advice Bureau and a member of the CBI Employment policy Panel, an Adviser to an NHS Trust and an Associate of the Edinburgh Human Resource Academy at Napier. She was formerly a Board Member of the Employment Research Institute at Napier University, a member of the Employment Forum. She was a member of the Court of Stirling University for 6 years and for 10 years was a member of the board of a Further Education College.

Mr Stuart Haden

Stuart is the Programme Manager for the CIPD, building proposals and designing courses for UK and International clients. Managing the delivery of face to face and digital programmes, continuously refreshing content and new product development. A learning and development professional with over 25 years experience as a facilitator, coach and consultant. Specialising in developing optimal performance with individuals, teams and organisations. Throughout his work he values authenticity, coachability and personal energy. In 2013 he published his first book - It’s Not About The Coach: getting the most from coaching in business, sport and life. A unique angle on coaching inspiring the coachee to make informed choices about coaching, discover readiness for learning and develop the values required for success. Working across all industry sectors typical assignments include coaching, optimal performance, resilience and well-being.

Mr Steve Kendall

Steve is Director of Oxford Projects, and has over 20 years experience in a consultancy, training and coaching role. He has successfully worked with many leading organisations in diverse sectors such as Technology (Rolls Royce, RM, Elekta, Cambridge Consultants, e2v), Education (the Open University), Science & Research (Sharp, abcam), Professional Institutions (IMechE, Royal Society of Chemistry), Environmental (Earthwatch, Proforest) and Pharma (Vertex).  Steve is passionate about helping businesses to improve their performance and has a special interest in the management of change via a project-based approach, and fast track projects (Time-to-Market reduction) in particular. Initially, Steve worked in the electronics industry – in telecoms and then computing - where he was responsible for new product developments. This involved the management of large cross-functional change projects, rapid introduction of new technology, and intense cost competitiveness. He is a member of the Association for Project Management, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. 

Mr Simon Edward Richardson

Mr Scott Leiper

Mr Sanjiv Ahluwalia

Sanjiv Ahluwalia LLM (Employment Law) LLB (Hons) is a practising solicitor. Sanjiv has held positions in private practice and local government, and spent five years in the oil industry, working as a legal adviser to two major oil companies.  He was Legal and Commercial Adviser at the Federation of Recruitment and Employment Services (now known as REC - a trade association for the recruitment industry) and subsequently worked as Associate Director of Employment Law Services for a training company. Sanjiv is an experienced lecturer, trainer and consultant in employment law and has written widely on legal issues of practical interest and importance to HR specialists, line managers and lay people generally. Sanjiv is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. Sanjiv runs his own practice, providing a consultancy service to a wide range of clients. He has acted for employees and employers in cases involving various employment issues.

Mr Samuel Hill

Mr Phillip Willcox

Mr Peter Storr

Mr Nick Evans

Nick is a Partner with the London firm of Fletcher Day. He advises on all aspects of employment law and industrial relations including contracts, TUPE, discrimination, redundancy programs and claims. He also has significant expertise in the legal aspects of change management including mergers, acquisitions and restructures. Previously Nick was Director of Legal Services at a legal and people management consultancy and also led the in-house team advising on all the employment law and industrial relations aspects of the £7bn London Underground PPP and other PFI projects. Nick has considerable experience in the practical application of TUPE and has advised on transactions in the public and private sectors including: HR pre-tender assessment and qualification, due diligence, drafting indemnities and warranties, consultation and post-completion issues. Nick is a former member of the CBI National Employment Law Panel and regularly presents on employment issues for clients, professional organisations and legal training TV.

Mr Nick Dowling

Nick Dowling is a founder and Director of Think Change Consulting which is at the forefront of using neuroscience to help people to flourish and organisations to succeed.  Nick has extensive consulting and coaching experience across roles, sectors and countries.   As a consultant and coach he combines an ability to build rapport, with insight and a strong background in organisational and personal change.

Mr Mike Worthington

MIKE WORTHINGTON Ma, Chartered FCIPD, FIH, Dip Training. A specialist lecturer, trainer and adviser in Employment Law who has worked across a range of sectors including hospitality, sports and leisure, engineering, oil and petroleum, finance, telecoms, retail, national and local government. Mike developed his career in the hospitality industry working in Personnel, Employee Relations and Management Development opening new hotels all over the world. He subsequently worked in Regal Hotels as Human Resources Director building the business from 7 to 127 hotels in three years – becoming an expert in TUPE in the process! In support of Mike’s law work, he sits as a member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal which hears cases on points of law arising from Employment Tribunals and also has a Masters Degree in Human Resources and European Employment Law. Mike was recently elected as a Fellow of Gray’s Inn.

Mr Michael Norman

Mr Michael James Matthewman

Mr Michael Charles Norman

Mike is an HR and finance professional with over 20 years’ experience in learning and development. He is an experienced trainer who can design and deliver a range of subjects. His expertise lies in the world of finance, management and personal skills. Mike facilitates a broad range of tailored financial training programmes for CIPD Training.

Mr Martin Oest

Mr Jon Davidge

Mr Jean-Pierre Noel

Mr James Bryan

James Bryan has spent over 25 years working in learning, human resources and organisational development including time as a director in the NHS; on a Borough senior management team in the Metropolitan Police and leading education for the RNLI at the Lifeboat College. He currently shares his time between heading up the organisational development department at City, University of London, managing a consulting and training business and leading a community interest organisation providing leadership development to young people and adults in uniformed youth organisations.


James has qualifications in occupational psychometric testing, organisational development and workplace mediation and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute. His research interests include leadership and followership in voluntary organisations and gender equality. James has received a Herbert Lott Naval Trust award for his contribution to training in the Royal Navy and became a Freeman of the City of London in 2014.

Mr Giles O'Halloran

Mr Gary Luffman

Gary Luffman is an Occupational Psychologist with a background in developing talent management solutions to support organisations strategies and goals. He is an experienced consultant, coach, facilitator and assessor who has designed and delivered courses for a wide variety of audiences across the UK and Europe. Gary’s skills and experience include supporting clients in designing ‘fit for purpose’ succession planning/talent management solutions; developing and delivering tailored management development programmes for clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors; designing, delivering and managing assessment and development centres for recruitment and development decisions across Europe; designing and delivering effective development programmes focused on the psychology and neuroscience of leadership and management; and delivering coaching for senior managers across a wide range of industries.

Mr Denis Crowe

Denis is a freelance reward management consultant and until August 2011 worked as the Head of Reward Consulting at Pilat HR Solutions. In 2012 Denis set up his own consulting business, Denis Crowe Consulting Limited. Prior to January 2005, Denis worked as a senior manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ human resource consulting practice. His expertise encompasses all aspects of reward management, including: high level reviews of payment systems and reward strategies; pay and grading reviews; performance incentive arrangements; and market pricing of jobs including salary and benefit surveys. He has led a wide range of remuneration engagements in both the public (including executive agencies) and private sectors, across European and International locations. Most of these involved a wider review of business objectives and linking reward policies and practices to business requirements.

Mr David Mackinnon

Mr David Levine

Dave is an accomplished trainer, educator, facilitator, executive coach and strategic thinker. He is personable, passionate and professional in the pursuit of maximising the talents of individuals and organisations. He operates across diverse cultures at a local, national and international level. He is a regular facilitator at Primeast Talent Forums where he facilitates space for HR and Talent Management professionals to share their latest challenges and make commitments to progress.

Mr David Hayden

Since taking responsibility for three Youth Trainees back in 1988 as an Operations Manager, David has gone on to work in, and headed up, a number of corporate L&D teams and HR functions.  Organisations include Distribution, Retail, Financial and Public Sector.  He completed his Masters specialising in CPD and was Chair of the South Yorkshire CIPD Branch from 2012 for two years before joining the CIPD Training Team in 2014.

Mr Clive Wilson

Clive is author of “Designing the Purposeful Organization – how to inspire business performance beyond boundaries” (published by Kogan Page in 2015) and a director at Primeast, a consultancy based in Harrogate that facilitates engagement throughout the world on best practice in leadership, organisational change and teamwork. For CIPD, Clive delivers on Progressive Strategies for Talent Management as well as a variety of client specific programmes on leadership and change management.

Mr Barry Sampson

Barry is a consultant, trainer and facilitator, helping organisations to make better choices about how they design and deliver learning - particularly if it involves technology. His work focuses on how to make the best use of technology to support learning, communication and performance in the workplace. Although he's always on the look out for new developments in technology and how it might be used, it’s always with a focus on how it can enable or enhance learning and how that in turn can improve performance.

Key skills and experience

• Designs and delivers skills training for those wishing to use technology based learning tools of all kinds.
• Designs and develops online learning content for organisations in the commercial, public and charity sector.
• Facilitates online learning programmes for a range of organisations.

Recent projects and achievements

• Designed and developed a suite of induction learning content for all front line staff in a national restaurant chain.
• Assisted an NHS trust in the selection and implementation of an e-portfolio system.
• Facilitated an online global leadership programme for an international children’s charity.
• Designed and facilitated a series of workshops to introduce social media and smart devices to library staff in Hertfordshire.

Mr Andy Lancaster

Andy Lancaster has more than 25 years’ experience in learning and organisational development in commercial, technological and not-for-profit organisations and has also worked in a consultancy role. 


As Head of Learning and Development Content at CIPD Andy is responsible for professional development and learning products, digital content and qualifications for L&D, coaching and mentoring, management and leadership and business psychology. Andy also plays a key role in leading the direction and delivery of CIPD’s wider new vision for L&D. He was part of the team that developed CIPD’s new L&D qualifications, oversees the Leaders in Learning Network and is helping pioneer online digital learning at the Institute.


Andy has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and the Learning and Performance Institute (FLPI).


He regularly speaks at conferences, write articles on behalf of CIPD and is the co-author of the “Webinars Pocketbook”.

Mr Andrew Larkin

Andrew is a trainer, facilitator, coach and consultant with a focus on leadership and engagement, management development, learning and talent development and strategic HR. With a passion for helping people and organisations to learn, develop and achieve their strategic goals, Andrew has worked closely with senior teams in many large and medium sized organisations in the public, private and third sectors. His learning & development experience includes sectors such as Health, Financial Services, Mining and Minerals, Social Care, Energy, Defence, Telecommunications, and Education.

Miss Shona Kelso

Miss Laurell Anne Hector

Laurell is a highly qualified experienced professional Organisational Development and Learning Consultant with a successful track record of achievement in Learning and Development and Operational Management. Her aim is to help organisations in the UK and internationally improve staff performance and management capability.

Demonstrating a blend of natural energy and enthusiasm working with both public and private sector organisations in the UK/Europe and Internationally. Creating a strong influence through a sense of purpose and a focus on results, whilst working in high-pressured multi-cultural environments.

Miss Alyson Weeks

Alyson is a Chartered MCIPD and has worked as an HR practitioner for the last 20 years with a broad range of businesses from SM to Blue Chip; leading and delivering HR and development programmes to meet business objectives, both as a consultant and manager. She regularly worked with managers and staff at all levels in a wide range of organisations, either in groups or giving 1-1 tailored advice and coaching to directors, managers and staff in the development of high performing teams, personal development and skills gaps, career guidance coaching for role transition and outplacement support. She has led on the design, delivery and implementation of business skills and coaching programmes, change projects, succession planning, talent management, the entire recruitment life cycle and learning & development programmes. Alyson has a facilitative style and her programmes are known to be interactive and fun.
Dates and fees

Full Up-front Qualification Fee £2,499 + VAT, Member fees: £2,299 + VAT

Full Up-front Qualification Fee £2,499 + VAT, Member fees: £2,299 + VAT.

Please note that there is an additional fee for the optional coaching. Please refer to the booking form for more information.



This programme is cohort-driven, therefore, the dates in the table below reflect this. Please note that you must be able to attend all dates listed against your cohort of choice.


  Start Date




The Business Savvy HRBP

Cohort 1, 09 October 2018


Mining Data for HR Insight

Cohort 1, 06 November 2018


The Influential Partner

Cohort 1, 04 December 2018


The HRBP as Organisational Coach-Mentor

Cohort 1, 29 January 2019


Wrap Up Day - Case Study Presentations & Programme Learning Application

Cohort 1, 26 February 2019







  • 1ˢᵗ Module: 01 April 2019 - 02 April 2019
  • 1ˢᵗ Module: 20 August 2019 - 21 August 2019
  • 1ˢᵗ Module: 18 December 2019 - 19 December 2019

People who have been on this course say

The course was very informative and delivered well. The tutor was very good and I left the course feeling very motivated by the session with a clear starting point of how I could improve my performance on my return to work. Lisa
The tutor was very engaging and knowledgeable. Great examples and was easy to understand. Rebecca
Excellent course, good pace of delivery and structure. Kate