The CIPD volunteer network in London caters for over 22,000 CIPD members, which represents one fifth of the CIPD’s overall membership. This makes CIPD London a truly significant geographical area, in terms both of membership density and the wider social and political responsibility we have to help support the CIPD’s strategy to champion better work and working lives.

Over the coming months we have a vibrant schedule of activity on offer, so, whether you are a CIPD student or a Chartered Fellow, there will be something of interest to you in your local area.

Officially launched at City Hall in September 2013, CIPD London has the specific aim of becoming the official voice for people management and development in the Capital. The region is made up of seven branches who have been working collaboratively to help develop a compelling and influential presence in London, whilst also delivering high quality support and networking opportunities at local level. Over the summer of 2014 the London chairs group have been busy planning and producing the very first CIPD London business plan which sets out the aspirations of our collaborative efforts and our commitment to:

  1. play our part in tackling the youth employment and skills agenda
  2. strengthen our focus on CIPD Centers and Students
  3. provide relevant and topical events across the region to meet the CPD needs of HR professionals.

Our location means that we are at the heart of a proud, growing community of practitioners, members, partners and thought leaders and through our combined and collaborative efforts we’ll take big steps towards championing better work and working lives.

What's happening in London

Sep 6 - North London
Independent Consultants Group

Sep 11 - Central London
Steps Ahead Mentoring - networking event

Sep 18 - East London & Docklands
Understanding culture in Charlies Chocolate Factory

Sep 18 - South West and West London (held at west London)
Your branch needs YOU!

Sep 20 - South London
Career Planning

Sep 24 - East London & Docklands
Coaching & Mentoring - Special Interest Group (SIG)

Sep 26 - Central & North London (held at central London)
Employment Law Update

Nov 5 - CIPD London
CIPD London Meet-up-Monday networking evening

Nov 6 - CIPD LGBT+ & Friends
CIPD LGBT+ & Friends - Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) Social 2018

Nov 7 - North London
Moving On Up

Nov 13 - East London & Docklands
Employment Law Update

Nov 13 - South West London
Leadership - workshop

Nov 14 - Central London
D&I Question Time

Nov 20 - North London
Membership & Upgrading - information event

Nov 21 - South East Thames
OD for non-OD practitioners

Nov 22 - West London
Consultants Group - Just do OD

Nov 28 - CIPD London
CIPD London - PSF Launch

Nov 29 - South East Thames
Coaching & Mentoring - Special Interest Group (SIG)

Mentoring scheme

Mentoring is an arrangement in which an experienced individual (mentor) offers ongoing support and guidance to a less experienced individual (mentee) to help the mentee manage his or her own learning and career development.

Gordon F Shea in his book Mentoring - A Guide to Basics defines mentoring as:

“…a process whereby mentor and mentoree work together to discover and develop the mentoree’s latent abilities, to provide the mentoree with knowledge and skills as opportunities and needs arise, and for the mentor to serve as an effective tutor, counsellor, friend and foil who enables the mentoree to sharpen skills and hone her or his thinking.”

This is a volunteer-led scheme. We aim to link like-minded HR & L&D professionals with the distinct purpose of enabling the mentee to:

  • develop themselves
  • better meet work challenges
  • develop strengths and competencies
  • learn from example and mistakes
  • gain knowledge and more experience

The Mentor will also benefit from our scheme by:

  • gaining satisfaction from nurturing and enabling an individual to develop
  • helping to unleash untapped potential
  • being instrumental in career transition and/or transformation
  • developing own CPD

CIPD London Member to Member Mentoring scheme now operates on cohort-basis - there are 4 cohorts per academic year starting, each lasting 6 months. 

2018/2019 Academic Year cohorts: 

  • Jul 2018 - Dec 2018
  • Oct 2018 - Mar 2019
  • Jan 2019 - Jun 2019
  • Apr 2019 - Sep 2019

To join a cohort, please submit your Mentee or/and Mentor Profile form (Equal Opportunity Monitoring form is optional) at the earliest opportunity (but no later than 1 week prior to the cohort due to start) in order to be able to participate in introduction webinars (detailed below), which are dedicated to support new mentors and mentees joining the programme in order to help them deliver/achieve great results. While the first webinar is open to the wider audience, the following two webinars will be invite-only to people that have registered and have been approved for the programme.

Oct 2018 Cohort introduction webinars 

To find out more about our CIPD London Mentoring Scheme, contact the Scheme Co-ordinator Monika Michalikova.


This is not the only mentoring programme that the CIPD supports. We also support the Steps Ahead Initiative. This is a very different initiative, supported by CIPD employees, whilst the above mentoring programme is managed by volunteers.

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