Succession planning focuses on identifying and growing talent to fill business-critical positions in the future. In the face of skills shortages and a lack of confidence in leadership potential, succession planning has gained popularity, and is now carried out in both large and smaller organisations.

This factsheet examines the typical roles covered by succession planning as well as the type of organisations who use it, and the difference between traditional and more recent approaches. It explores the relationship between succession planning and talent management programmes, investigating the balance needed when recruiting ‘insiders’ and‘outsiders’, and the process of nurturing internal talent. It also looks at the activities covered by succession planning programmes, providing guidance on identifying successors, and the role of HR throughout this process.

Ally Weeks

Ally Weeks: HR Consultant

Ally is a highly experienced HR practitioner with a 20-year successful track record of working with a range of small to medium and blue chip businesses.  In that time, she has led many HR initiatives to meet business objectives, both as a manager and consultant. 

Since joining the CIPD in 2011, Ally has been a lead tutor and trainer on workshops for the CIPD’s qualifications at levels 3, 5 and 7. She now uses the breadth of her knowledge to scope, design and develop new content and assets for the CIPD’s digital and face-to-face short courses and learning platforms. Identifying and using insights from contemporary learning techniques, trends and academic research, Ally is proactive in keeping others aware of key HR developments and opportunities.

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