Welcome to our branch area

A warm welcome to the home of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire branch online.

We’re here to help you network with like-minded HR and learning and development professionals, to share best practice, and to continue your professional development.

Our active branch of 1,500 members supports people at all grades of CIPD membership, from Students to Fellows, and we keep you, our members at the heart of everything we do.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire branch is renowned for strong links with agriculture and food, and particular strengths in manufacturing, cyber security and defence, The region also attracts thousands of tourists every year. There are many different sectors located in the region, including not-for-profit, charities, education and large public sector organisations.

This variety means that our members have roles across a wide range of industries. Our branch membership includes HR professionals working in heavy industry, education, manufacturing, health care and charity sectors and those who work as independent consultants.

This breadth of knowledge among our members is hugely useful, assisting us in championing better work and working lives, the CIPD purpose, and helping us run a successful mentoring scheme. It helps us support Hereford and Worcester people professionals wherever they are in their career.

Our branch committee plans a varied schedule of events, often involving speakers who are leaders in our profession. All evening events are free for members. Please book using the links in the events section below.

Recent topics include engagement in the workplace, mindfulness, and leading change, and we offer regular opportunities to brush up on the all-important area of employment legislation. We need to ensure our events stay relevant to you, though, so we encourage you to get in touch with our committee members, give us your feedback, and let us have your suggestions for future events.

When you join us, come to our events, or take on a role on the committee, you’re expanding your network and knowledge base across the area and right across the UK. We hope to welcome you soon.

Gill Slater, Chartered MCIPD
Branch Chair

Learn about our branch

We’re the voice of the CIPD in Hereford and Worcester. Here are our aims:

  • To develop better workplaces in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and help people achieve more fulfilling work lives, building partnerships, and helping businesses and other organisations to strengthen their HR capabilities.

  • To share experience and expertise, giving a voice to HR and learning and development professionals in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

  • To help you and your organisation grow your skills and give you new contacts and new ideas thanks to our useful network of members, volunteers, and other stakeholders.

  • To help create policy with the CIPD’s vision at its core, engaging with policy makers, talking about local and regional issues, and sharing the CIPD vision for a better world of work.

  • To create engaging events, helping your professional development, building your network, and gaining useful insights.

  • To create an HR and learning and development community in Hereford and Worcester, promoting the sharing of experience, expertise and best practice. We give professionals the skills and knowledge they and the sector need wherever they are in their careers.

Get involved

If you’d like our professional community to help you and your organisation, why not follow our regular updates on social media?

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor in our mentoring scheme, please get in touch.

We’re also looking for people to join the branch team to get involved in the running of the branch. People at all experience levels are welcome, as we’re looking for ideas and enthusiasm! Branch committee meetings are held, either online or face to face, on the second Tuesday in every month between 18.30 and 20.30. If you would like to join the committee and receive regular reminders about meetings, please contact us.

Mentoring and coaching scheme

The Hereford and Worcester branch operates a mentoring and coaching scheme, where mentors and coaches who are people professionals volunteer to support other branch members. The aim of our scheme is to provide members at whatever level and stage in their career with support and guidance from a more experienced HR practitioner for approximately six months.

The branch is keen to offer help to members, whether they're currently studying a CIPD qualification, or are an experienced HR practitioner. Do you need support and help with a project or assignment? Are you looking for your first HR job role or a change in role? Perhaps you're thinking of moving from an operational to a strategic HR role, or simply need support with upgrading your level of membership.

If you're looking for a mentor/coach or are interested in becoming one of our volunteer mentors or coaches then we would like to hear from you. Please complete the relevant forms and send them back to us using the email address found on them.

Alternatively, if you would like to talk to someone to find out more, please do drop the branch an email and we will get back to you.

Special interest groups

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Independent HR practitioners


Upcoming events

Stay connected

You can keep in touch with us by following us on Twitter, joining our LinkedIn group and signing up to our newsletter.

CIPD Midlands and the Midlands Area Partnership

CIPD Midlands 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. We are also a part of the Midlands Area Partnership (MAP), a regional group of ten branches in the Midlands area which combine to cover 20,000 CIPD members.

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