Welcome to our branch area
Welcome to the North of Scotland and Islands Branch page. I'm Jane Innes; I took over leadership of the branch in June 2021 and have been a member of the branch committee since 2013.
Our branch spans a wide geographical area from Aberdeen, west to the Outer Hebrides and north to the Shetlands Islands. We currently have nearly 2,000 branch members and run a varied programme of webinars as well as face to face events in both Aberdeen and Inverness.
The events programme is complemented by an HR practitioners group that meets quarterly and primarily supports consultants or those working in standalone HR roles and by a small but dedicated book group that meets approximately once a month to discuss a selected business book.
Whichever way you engage with the branch, whether attending events, contributing to our newsletters, or by joining our branch committee or one of the associated groups, we have no doubt you will find it both valuable and enjoyable.
Jane Innes, Assoc CIPD
Learn about our branch
Our branch is run by a committee of enthusiastic and committed volunteers who represent a diverse range of sectors and professional experience. We collaborate closely with the CIPD head office and CIPD Scotland teams and strive to provide a joined up approach, complementing what is available to members at both a UK and a Scotland level by offering a programme of activities locally that focuses specifically on the needs of CIPD members in our geographical area.
Our main committee is based in Aberdeen but we have a sub group in Inverness who arrange all the Inverness based events. Our annual programme of events runs from September to June and, in line with member feedback, we run branch events either in the early evening or at lunchtime. Events take place approximately once a month. We're fortunate to be supported by local companies, universities and colleges so most of these events will take place on supporters’ premises. We also schedule a number of webinars which we find helps us reach our members who live in more geographically remote parts of our branch area. Look out for topical face to face and online events which are listed via Eventbrite.
If you would like to get involved with the branch, by joining the committee, offering us a venue for events, suggesting event topics or articles for our newsletter then please do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you have any suggestions or feedback about any aspects of how we run the branch, offer members or engage with you we would be delighted to hear from you.
You can sign up for branch events and for the HR practitioners group either via the webpage or by searching Eventbrite. For more information about meeting dates for the book group and to find out the current book please contact email@example.com.
Special interest groups
We produce a branch newsletter which comes out roughly six times per year. This reviews past events, gives updates on upcoming events and shares articles written by branch members. Please ensure that your contact information is up to date on the in My Profile on the CIPD website and that you select the options to receive our newsletters.
Over the past few years, we have run branch surveys and have used this information to help shape our events programme to meet the needs of our members.