Welcome to our branch area

Our branch's mission is to encourage and support the interests of CIPD members and wider people professionals within the South London Branch by providing support and advice, sharing knowledge, facilitating networking, promoting continuing learning and development and being an advocate for CIPD. We represent the views of our members and represents the diversity of our member. We aim to look after the interests of people professionals across South London.

At the South London Branch, we continue to work hard to provide a diverse and comprehensive schedule of free and low-cost events for our members, enabling us all to share the benefit and expertise of a range of high-profile speakers and leaders in our profession. 

We value our members' contribution to our HR community and welcome ideas as to how to continue to meet the needs of people professionals at all levels. Currently, we're focusing on the following key themes:

  • The impact of post-COVID
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Inclusivity
  • Employee experience

Dr Anita McGowan MBE, Chartered FCIPD
Branch Chair

Learn about our branch

Our branch’s geographical area covers the Croydon, Sutton, Lambeth and Southwark postcode areas and has around 3.100 members. We work together with branches across London to serve our members, people professionals outside CIPD membership and business leaders in engaging them in conversations about good practice in HR, L&D and OD, understanding professionalisation of our areas and bringing Good Work closer to organisations.

Our priorities for the upcoming year include:

  • Organising events that are diverse and topical for HR, L&D and OD.

  • Improving and increasing engagement with our members and the people profession.

  • Working collaboratively with other branches in the London region as well as local organisations in South London.

We work with local CIPD qualification providers to engage with students, by being involved in their induction, where we introduce them to the people profession and advise them on how to progress their careers.

One of our highlights event every year is called HR Ambitions, which is focused on helping students and mid-career changers break into HR roles. As part of this, we host talks from leading recruiters, one-to-one sessions with career advisors and CIPD membership advisors, mock interviews, CV clinics and much more. See our Branch events below for details.

Get involved

We're always looking for passionate volunteers from all levels of CIPD membership and experience as our constituency covers students and studying members, right through to senior practitioners at Chartered Fellow. We believe that the team should reflect the diversity of the profession so everyone has something to offer and contribute.

If you would like to join the South London branch team, and input into the multiple events and activities we’re organising to support and engage the people profession, from early starters to experienced, from generalists to specialists, please contact us by email.

Upcoming events

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CIPD London - a local branch partnership

We are also a part of CIPD London – a collaboration between seven regional branches – and we are working together to strengthen the links between all our branches, draw on our collective expertise and contacts, and create and promote a London-wide events programme. So no matter which CIPD London branch you belong to you are welcome to attend events across the capital.

View the latest information from CIPD London