Welcome to the South East of Scotland Branch homepage. 

I'm about to begin my second (and last) year as Chair of the branch after an excellent first year where the team worked hard to deliver our challenging and extensive agenda whilst making some interesting changes. 

I’m very proud to be part of the CIPD - the Professional Body for HR whose mission is to champion better work and working lives - and I’m incredibly proud of this local CIPD branch. It’s our role on the committee to contextualise the work of the CIPD and to respond to the needs of local HR professionals and businesses. We also contribute to the work of CIPD Scotland as well as supporting the wider activities of the CIPD nationally.

The branch committee is a wonderful team of volunteers made up of local HR professionals and people who support our profession. I am grateful to every one of them for the support and dedication these busy people give to the branch. Thank you!

Our primary focus is on making the biggest impact for our members and a key part of our strategy sees us working in partnership with local professional bodies, academic institutions and employers to support us in our activities. This year we’ve focused on using technology more effectively to engage with more of our members and to adopt a more flexible approach to the way we deliver our services. We've re-engaged with established HR professionals who have not recently taken advantage of our CIPD branch proposition and also welcomed new people to the Branch; through our strategic partnerships with our local universities and colleges to invite student ambassadors to join us and after a very successful first event in June this year, we’ll continue to develop our re-energised HR Leaders’ network.

In our ambition to support the continuing professional development of local members, we are extremely lucky to have committee members who represent the complete range of HR activities across the CIPD Profession Map. We provide a diverse and comprehensive schedule of events for members through our main branch Events Team and also have a number of special interest groups who support the more specialist areas of HR including Learning & Development, Talent and Recruitment, HR Technology, Employment Law, Mentoring and Membership Advice. 

We need your feedback and suggestions to ensure our branch programme remains as up to date and relevant as possible for members going forward. We continue to work hard, not just locally but across Scotland and nationally, to continue to develop this place to connect members both physically and virtually.

It’s no surprise then that I have a firm belief that there are real benefits for HR professionals engaging with our branch activities and networks. I strongly encourage you to get involved. There are a number of ways in which you can participate and contribute; by attending events, contributing to our newsletters or participating in our on-line discussions. And you’d be very welcome to join our Branch Committee or one of our special interest groups. I very much look forward to meeting you; either through social media or perhaps in person at an event in the near future. It will be great to connect. 

Alison Ballantyne
Chair, CIPD South East of Scotland Branch

It is our vision to be your CIPD local hub of resources, supporting branch members' professional needs and by sharing knowledge and by encouraging continuing learning and development. We have developed our branch plan, which is focused on ensuring that our branch activities help you make the most of your CIPD membership.

If you have ideas for improving what we have to offer or if you think we can help you with any aspect of your career or your continuing development, please contact us.

We also welcome your comments on what you think of the branch area and how we are doing in general. Your feedback will help us to learn and improve. We have a core of dedicated volunteers helping to organise CIPD activities across the South East Scotland area and it's down to their commitment that we can help our members to develop and learn as HR professionals. We are looking for volunteers to support the work of the Branch and should you want to get involved please get in touch.

The South East Scotland Branch Committee is run by volunteer HR Professionals who work locally to provide you with information and ensure the events are interesting and informative. If you are interested in joining the Branch Committee or participating in the activities and event planning of one of the Groups, please contact us.

The branch arranges a large number of local events to provide development and networking opportunities for our members. The timings of these can vary but are mostly held on weekday evenings, with networking from 6pm and events starting at 6:30pm. Most events close around 8pm and these tend to be held in the centre of Edinburgh. Refreshments and a light buffet are usually made available.

Thanks to our sponsors, most of our events are available free of charge to members and students. Events can change throughout the year and additional events may be added, so please continue to check our Events page for the most up-to-date events information.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in joining our events volunteer team and providing support at any of our events. Please email: sescotland-events@cipdbranch.co.uk to hear more about volunteering opportunities.

There are lots of different ways a company can sponsor their local CIPD branch and show their support for various different aspects of branch activities. We are always pleased to receive sponsorship in order to expand our range of activities. Sponsorship can take several forms:

  • offering a venue for local group meetings or Branch Committee meetings
  • offering free refreshments
  • sponsoring an event through sharing technical expertise or through leadership.

Please contact us for more details.

The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for members of SE Scotland and Mid Scotland branches to discuss and knowledge share on HR systems related issues and developments.

The objectives of the group include:

  • the development of links between group members to facilitate the mutual learning & understanding of HR systems related issues and developments.
  • the organisation and delivery of events on subjects that are of interest to the group and to SE Scotland and Mid Scotland branches to an agreed publicised timetable.
  • the provision of advice to members on HR systems related issues and developments from other group members.
  • the provision of 'spotlight' sessions on specific HR systems hot topics by inviting guest speakers or utilising the expertise within the group.
  • the sharing of ideas in order to improve the understanding of HR systems.

The group will not be a forum for software companies to showcase their products and services.

For more information or if you would like to join the group, please contact Ged Crotty.

The KIP group is an active network of HR academics and practitioners within the Branch brought together to create and disseminate state-of-the-art research in HRM policy and practice. Activities this year will centre on the building of collaborative networks across all sectors of the Scottish economy that provide an active and flexible interface between academia, policy makers and HR practitioners. For further information, please contact Kirsteen Grant.

The Learning & Development Group welcomes all those who have an interest in training, coaching, distance learning, e-learning or any other aspect of developing people.

Our events are planned, managed and run by the members themselves through a small and dedicated team of volunteers. Sessions are designed to be interactive, engaging and educational and take place once a month from September to April at venues throughout Edinburgh city centre.

Events start at 18:00 with refreshments and informal networking followed by a facilitated session running from 18:30 until 20:00.

If you would like to be kept up to date with our programme and/or you would like to contribute to our LinkedIn discussion page, please contact us and we will put you on our mailing list.


To provide a networking forum for Learning & Development professionals to learn from each other through sharing knowledge, skills and best practice.


To be the networking forum of choice for Learning & Development professionals in South East Scotland.


  • Challenging - We encourage robust conversation, discussion and provocative debate.
  • Practical – Participants take away insights, information and tools which they can readily apply.
  • Diverse – We actively seek to include people from all employment sectors and all types and size of organisation.

The purpose of this group is to share knowledge, best practice, CIPD research, industry expertise and network with like-minded professionals in an engaging and informal setting.

The target audience is CIPD members and potential members with an interest in, and current or future responsibility for, talent acquisition, attraction, recruitment and resourcing; HR Generalists, Recruiters, Resourcers, Talent Acquirers, subject matter experts, industry commentators and suppliers of related services; HR practitioners/assistants involved in recruitment and selection activities, or new managers with responsibility for recruitment and selection activities and decisions within your organisation. It’s also suitable if you’re aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in HR or resourcing talent and recruitment and selection. No prior knowledge of recruitment is needed.

Each event will start with a CIPD introduction and an explanation of the relevant CIPD resources and how the event relates to latest news and topics from CIPD.

For further information on the group please contact Tony Harding.

Deciding to embark upon an HR career can be exciting, though may raise many questions, such as:

  • which qualification routes are best?
  • how do I get my first HR role?
  • what’s the best way to get employee relations experience?

There is lots of information available both on the CIPD website and via many other resources. However, working your way through all the advice may be overwhelming if it’s unfamiliar.

The truth is there isn’t necessarily a prescribed road map everyone follows when starting an HR career. It’s often about what’s right for you in line with your career ambitions. And that’s where we can help to support and guide you through the myriad of information out there. That might be helping you interpret the advice on the CIPD website, utilise the extensive resources available to you via the South East Scotland Branch, or simply answering any questions you might have about accessing and progressing in your HR career.

You can also volunteer to help out in one of the many branch groups. It’s a great way to start immersing yourself in the HR world and building your professional network.

To find out more, please contact Jill Grimmond.

The Borders group is entering its eighth year. Our meetings are interactive and provide an opportunity for members to share knowledge and best practice, keep up to date with CIPD research and network with like-minded professionals in an informal setting. 

This year we will be running four events: 

• An Employment Law update

• A Christmas special 

• A session on the new CIPD Profession Map as well as looking at how you can upgrade your membership, 

• Finishing off the year with a look at HR Analytics and revisiting the discussions we had last year around the CIPD’s Job Quality Index Report: ‘UK Working Lives’ and how we can best utilise this research and information within our organisations. 

If you live or work in the Scottish Borders I would encourage you to come along and enjoy the opportunity to network with HR colleagues from a range of sectors and disciplines. 

If you would like any further information, please contact Deborah Taggart.

The West Lothian Group has been refreshed and re-energised and we are embarking on our first year with our new committee. The Group have set up a number of events, aiming to address a number of the topics our members wanted to hear about. The West Lothian Group is a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals from across West Lothian and discuss and consider topics that are relevant to us all in the workplace. 

We look forward to meeting you at one of the upcoming events and if in the meantime you would like more information please contact , please contact us via sescotland@cipdbranch.co.uk

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