Thank you for visiting the South East of Scotland CIPD Branch homepage. I am excited to be part of an organisation whose mission is to champion better work and working lives. What this means to me at a branch level is that we should look to actively promote the role of HR and People focused specialisms across all types and sizes of local organisations.

It is fundamental to our branch purpose that we support the continuing professional development of our 2,500 branch members. I feel it is equally important to welcome new people into our profession and re-engage with any established HR professionals who have not recently taken advantage of our proposition.

I believe you can benefit most from your membership by being actively involved with the branch activities. This may be through attending events, contributing to our newsletters, participating in our on-line discussions or by joining our Branch Committee or one of the associated special interest groups. We work hard to offer opportunities to network with colleagues and enjoy development opportunities which reflect our profession map. A key part of our strategy is based on working in productive partnership with local partners, other professional bodies and employers.

Our Branch Committee is working hard to continue to provide a diverse and comprehensive schedule of events for Members, enabling us all to share the benefit and expertise of a range of profiled speakers and leaders in our profession. The Branch provides an active programme of support to members including events, membership upgrading workshops, support and advice. It contributes to the work of CIPD Scotland, for instance planning of the Scottish CIPD Conference, as well as supporting the wider activities of the CIPD in Wimbledon. Our events programme is available via the Local branch events section below. This section is updated on a regular basis so please do check and keep up to date with changes and additions.

Our current branch strategic themes include a focus on using technology in a better way to engage with more of our members and looking to adopt a more flexible approach to the way we deliver our services. We are keen to ensure that our branch programme remains up to date and relevant to you. Please do keep in touch with us and do give us your comments about any of our events and suggestions for future events.

I would like to thank all of our branch volunteer committee and members for your continued support and I look forward to engaging with you over social media or meeting you in person at an event in the near future.

Donald Lindsay
Chair, South East of Scotland CIPD

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.

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.

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 growing in numbers and we have had a full programme of events this year. After a recent event looking at the CIPD’s MegaTrends report we have decided to focus on some of the areas highlighted in that report surrounding the trends and drivers that shape our Work, Workforce and Workplace. The events will be published in the usual way within the Branch Programme and on the website. If you would like any further information, please contact Deborah Taggart.

The West Lothian Group welcomes all those who have an interest in HR with an aim to developing members' networks within the wider HR community. Our events are designed to be interactive, engaging and informative, encouraging the HR Community to share ideas and experiences.

After four successful events in 2015/2016 the West Lothian Branch will return for 2016/2017 to host another four events. Events will start at 18:30 and will finish by 20:00. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 18:00 to allow time for networking.

For more information or if you would like to join the group or the planning committee, please contact Michelle Gormley.

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