Welcome to our branch area
Welcome to CIPD Essex and Ipswich branch page. We have over 4,100 members across our two thriving groups:
- North Essex and Ipswich, and
- Chelmsford and South Essex.
Our branch is fully committed to providing local support to the CIPD objective of Championing better work and working lives.
Our aim is to listen to members locally and provide the support they need. This ranges from supporting student study, to explaining the benefits of membership and providing valuable continual professional development through a wide range of events covering all aspects of HR management.
Brian England, Chartered FCIPD and Julie Temple
Learn about our branch
Our branch committee is led by co-chairs Brian England, an HR consultant and active member of the branch committee for many years, and Julie Temple, a specialist employment law solicitor, who has been involved with the branch since 2006 and has been co-chair since 2020. They are supported by the branch committee made up the of the group chairs, branch treasurer, branch secretary and bookkeeper, who meet regularly to shape the branch programme.
We aim to provide a range of local events that will not only help our members with their professional development but offer opportunities for networking and mutual support too. Topics covered in our branch events range from employment law to wellbeing, and from diagnosing HR problems to dress for success. If you have any suggestions regarding subjects you would like to see covered, please let us know.
We have opportunities for newcomers to join our committee each July when the new CIPD year which starts. Joining a branch committee is an excellent way to expand your network and extend your skillset. Roles are voluntary and you can decide the level of commitment you are able to offer. To express interest, have a chat with a committee member when you are next at a branch event, or contact us by email.
We are keen to hear from members who would like to help steer our branch special interest groups for HR and L&D consultants or L&D professionals. You input and ideas are welcome. Please contact the branch.
Our branch wide mentoring programme launched in January 2021, and updates are provided in our regular newsletters.
If you are interested in getting involved as a mentor providing guidance and sharing your experience or mentee looking for career support, please look at our LinkedIn page for more details or contact the branch by email.
Special interest groups
Our annual event, when we bring the entire branch together, is an opportunity to meet your peers and exchange views, and to listen to speakers from a wide range of organisational and academic backgrounds. It is also when we encourage new members to join our group and branch committees. Fresh perspectives are valuable and keep our community connected and vibrant. If you are interested in knowing more, please get in touch.
If you are a CIPD member living in the branch area you will receive branch updates about our events. If you live elsewhere but would like to receive them, please subscribe at the bottom of this page.
With a catalogue of free webinars for members to view anytime, see our branch YouTube Playlist.