My name is Tracy Arlott and I am the Branch Chair. I have been a member of the H&W Branch team since 2006 and to date have undertaken Events Co-ordinator, Secretary, Rep to Council and Vice Chair roles. My background has predominantly been in the public sector; working for the NHS, and currently for Worcestershire County Council. I am a HR Manager, Coaching Practitioner and Trainer.
We have a committed, enthusiastic and inventive Branch team, who as I'm sure you know, are all volunteers that work very hard to fly the CIPD flag!
Like all branches, we are always looking for volunteers to help run the Branch and optimise what we can offer to our local members, so if you want to develop your skills and build your professional network, not to mention enhance your CPD, please get in touch.
I am very proud to undertake the role of Chair – please keep coming to events, keep giving us feedback, join in if you can and help us to deliver the best local professional support to all of you!
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We are an active, friendly branch with around 1500 members across the two counties. We hold regular, monthly meetings on a variety of HR topics, to which all members and their guests are welcome
Hereford and Worcester CIPD run a lively, inter-active programme of events and aim to provide something for everyone. Full details of our regular evening meetings can be found on the events listing page. The meetings are a great way to network and update your professional knowledge - and of course they also contribute towards your CPD. Recent topics have included Engagement in the Workplace, Mindfulness and Leading Change and we offer regular opportunities to brush up on the all-important area of employment legislation.
All evening events are free of charge to members - although we do appreciate it if you could book beforehand via Local branch events below.
We are always looking for new people to join our Branch Team and get involved in the running of the branch. People of all levels of experience are welcome - it's enthusiasm and ideas that count. Meetings are held at The Swan in Whittington (just off the M5 at Junction 7) between 18.30 and 20.30. If you would like to join the group and receive regular reminders about meetings, please contact us.
Independent HR practitioners special interest group
Do you work independently?
Are you making use of your local Special Interest Group?
If you are a sole trader or small business providing HR support and services to clients, then you may already be aware of the existence and activities of the Independent HR Practitioners’ Special Interest Group (IHRP).
This is a sub-group of the Hereford and Worcester Branch which was set up some years ago to focus on the particular needs of the many independents operating within the branch. Its main objective is to provide a forum for members to network and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed on their own. For example:
- Working independently, often spending much of your time in the home office, can be a lonely existence and one which HR professionals often find difficult – IHRP offers you the opportunity to meet with others in a similar situation, sharing ideas and using each other as a sounding board just as you will have done in the corporate world
- Working on your own or in a small business means you have limited resources – IHRP enables you to develop associate relationships with other independents so you can lend each other mutual support through the peaks and troughs of work or combine your different specialisms to meet a particular client’s needs
- You’ll be concerned to keep your skills up to date – and may need to develop new skills if you’re just setting up a business – but training courses, seminars etc can be an expensive option for the small business. IHRP offers you a programme of informative meetings on topics relevant to independents, where you can learn both from our speakers and other members.
You will by now have seen our programme for the next 12 months and I hope there will be something there to interest all independent practitioners (and perhaps some who work in employed roles too). We aim to keep the meetings short and focused – it’s not easy listening to speakers after a long day at work so we ask our presenters to make their sessions as interactive as possible. If you’re new to working independently or just wondering whether it might be right for you, come along and hear it from the horses’ mouths. It will also be a great networking opportunity!
Events can be booked by using the online booking system on the CIPD website. All branch members are welcome to attend.
On the subject of networking, the IHRPG is really paying dividends now for those who have been active in the group for some time. As well as leading to the establishment of the group of HR Consultants who operate under the HR-in Action banner providing a service through the local Chamber of Commerce, it has also led to a considerable amount of referral and associate activity.
Rather than feeling that we’re in direct competition and therefore reluctant to share too much information about our businesses, many of us have discovered the value of having other professionals on hand - for example when a client needs some specialist expertise we don’t have or when we just don’t have the capacity for a piece of work but don’t want to turn the client away.
Come and meet us and share in the benefits this group can offer.
IHRP Group Co-ordinator
We are also a part of the Midlands Area Partnership (MAP), a regional group of eight branches in the Midlands area which combine to cover 15,000 CIPD members. The group aims to promote the CIPD purpose throughout the Midlands region by sharing best practice, improving links between the individual branches and providing networking opportunities for all our members.