Hello and a warm welcome to the South Yorkshire and District (SYD) CIPD Branch website. Comprising of volunteers, currently practicing in HR and OD, the SYD Branch Committee is proud to support nearly 2300 members spread across the Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield areas.

The overall purpose of the branch is to support the CIPD in Championing Work and Working Lives on a local level. Our objectives are:

  • to act as advocates of the CIPD locally in support of national and international member objectives and provide insight and feedback on member needs

  • to provide CPD by hosting/co-sponsoring/running local events to enable local CIPD members to learn from high quality facilitators and from themselves and provide networking opportunities

  • to provide ongoing support to all branch members with their career development

  • to continue to develop and maintain and extend good relations with all local centres offering CIPD programmes

  • to ensure that members are kept up to date with CIPD research and related activities and regularly disseminate information regarding CIPD services.

We will undertake these with clear communication from the Branch Committee and a programme of great, cost-effective events and the continuing development of our mentoring scheme.

We are also proud to have well established links with Doncaster College, Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, who offer CIPD accredited programmes and learning.

Don’t forget that you can keep in touch with via social media. Follow us on twitter @SY_Branch or join our LinkedIn Group CIPD (South Yorkshire Branch).

We hope to see you at one of our events very soon.

Sally Senior
Chair, CIPD South Yorkshire and District Branch

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About the committee

The SY and District Branch committee is run by group of volunteer HR/OD professionals who work locally to provide you with the information, tools and events that you want.

We are always looking for people to get involved in the branch, and it is a great opportunity for individuals to give something back in a supportive, committed team. Like all volunteering, there is work to be done, but as much as you put in, you will get out.

If you would like to discuss getting involved, please contact Sally Senior  (Branch Chair).

How you can support the branch

Even if you can’t give the committee any time, there are many ways that you can support the branch and its activities, such as:

  • attending as many of our events as possible (and where you book on but can’t attend cancel your booking so we know how many to cater for and whom to expect)
  • providing us feedback on our activities
  • engaging with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

This is a scheme that has been developed in other local branches with some success. It is recognised that many CIPD professionals would like to do more with the CIPD but are constrained by work pressures which deter them from committing to membership of the branch committee. Some may even be considering joining the committee but are uncertain as to what time commitment it entails.

'Friends of the Committee' comprises of a group of CIPD members who have expressed an interest in local CIPD affairs and would like to make a contribution. 'Friends of the Committee' will be included on the e-mail list to receive copies of branch communications including local branch minutes. Friends of the committee will be encouraged to make contact with committee members to express their views on current issues and events.

Other advantages of becoming a friend are:

  • being involved in branch consultations on public policy issues
  • being able to attend occasional committee meetings by prior arrangement
  • for those considering joining the committee, invitation to the branch committee training days.

If you are interested in becoming a 'Friend of the Committee' please contact the branch administrator.

Mentoring scheme

Welcome to our 2017 Mentoring Scheme.

A quick show of hands at a 2015 event revealed that approximately 5 from an audience of 40 were unaware that the Scheme existed and this was ultimate confirmation that our re-launch was overdue.

Mentoring is very much in the spotlight today with three quarters of organisations currently offering coaching and mentoring to their employees (People Management, November 2015).

What is mentoring and how can it help you in your professional development?

In the context of the workplace, mentoring is where two people enter into a supportive relationship to allow the mentee to strengthen their approach and skills in a particular area or to focus on achieving success in professional life. For example, upgrades to membership or development of personal skills for career progression. Usually they meet regularly over a number of months and the mentor will listen, offer support and challenge to allow the mentee to work at positive change to enhance their chances of success. Through these conversations the mentee is able to understand themselves as a professional at work and strengthen their approaches, tackle issues and move in new directions. Whether you are a seasoned HR practitioner, studying for CIPD qualifications or want to focus on particular areas or issues, mentoring may help you.


For further information about the mentoring scheme or any other queries please contact the Branch Mentoring Scheme Coordinator.

Please note: the SYCIPD Mentoring Scheme is not linked to the national CIPD Mentoring Scheme.

The South Yorkshire & District Mentoring Scheme provides the opportunity for mentoring relationships, which primarily support Mentees in their professional and personal development. Working within appropriate frameworks, coaching techniques may also be needed during the process and as such, our Mentors will use their broad range of skills as appropriate.

The Scheme also provides opportunities for our Mentors to extend their own personal development, by working with branch members from varied backgrounds.

Our Mentoring relationships typically last around six months, during which around four to six meetings take place.

The purpose of our Scheme is therefore:

  • to provide a valuable Mentoring service for branch members regardless of what stage they are at in their career
  • to offer a list of Mentors with a broad range of skills and experience from which potential Mentees can choose.

Our mentors and how mentees can get in touch

Profiles are available on our Mentoring Scheme page. Once you have chosen a Mentor, please complete a Mentee Application Form and return it to the Mentoring Scheme Coordinator via the website for tracking purposes throughout the process. You may find it useful to consider more than one, in case your chosen Mentor does not have capacity for more relationships. You can then contact them direct.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please complete a Mentor Application Form and return it to the Mentoring Scheme Coordinator.

Further information for mentors

All applications will be considered and we will advise you whether you have been successful. Our first Mentor training event is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2016 and further details will follow in due course.

Anyone wishing to join our Mentor list does not need to have had previous experience of Mentoring. Rather, we believe that it provides an opportunity for those who are keen to develop or enhance these skills.

The requirements are that you:

  • must be a current, professional CIPD member ie Associate member, Chartered MCIPD or Chartered FCIPD
  • complete an application form
  • understand that the role is entirely voluntary and expenses are therefore not covered
  • commit to participate in Mentoring Scheme activities wherever possible, in order share experiences, participate in peer mentoring and learn about new initiatives/changes to processes
  • give agreement for the highlighted sections of your application form to be shared.

Any questions?

If you need any further information as a Mentor or Mentee, please don’t hesitate to contact the branch Mentoring Scheme Coordinator.

Please note:

The South Yorkshire and District Mentoring Scheme is not linked to the national CIPD Mentoring Scheme.

All information you provide is used solely for the purpose of administering, maintaining and evaluating the SYCIPD Mentoring Scheme.

The Branch continues to source a range of mentors who have a wide range of skills, experience and approaches. Some have decades of mentoring experience, some have coaching and mentoring qualifications and some have newly entered the HR profession and so know what it feels like to be starting out. All are committed to helping support CIPD members in their professional development.

Barry Senior, Chartered FCIPD

A highly experienced Management and Human Resource Development Consultant with over 20 years experience of working in both private and public sectors, working with SME’s and large organisations in the UK and both Bi-lateral and Multi-lateral agencies/governments overseas. Worked at all levels of government and private business from the strategic planning level to the grass roots implementation level, wide experience working as a facilitator/consultant/coach in change management, restructuring and capacity building programmes. Provides one to one coaching to Chief Executive’s of SME’s under the Government funded Business Growth Initiative programme.
Created, run and developed Critical Skills Development Consultancy Company. Qualified member of the “Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs” IOEE National Mentors Scheme.

Experience and skills

  • Business Transformation/Restructuring/Commercialisation
  • Performance Management /Assessment
  • Provision of Mentoring/Coaching
  • Small Business Development
  • Management Training
  • Change Management
  • Organisation Development

Mentoring experience

  • Provision of facilitation and mentoring to Individuals and Groups both within the UK and overseas
  • Provision of mentoring services to SME Chief Executives
  • Provision of Mentoring/Coaching and Process Consultation to Senior/Middle and Junior level staff in large government departments

Willing to work in…
South Yorkshire, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire

Personal interests
Motorhoming, Travel, Family, Sailing, Sheffield United FC, Golf

Hilary Brearley, Chartered MCIPD

I have a broad range of HR and OD experience, working my way through a wide range of HR/OD positions. My final two positions were as HR Director - one in local government and the other in the NHS. Previously, I have worked in the private sector (Retail and Logistics), and last year set up my own business as an HR/OD Consultant.

My roles have all been generalist HR, but with a special interest in Organisation change and workforce development and engagement. I have studied for the ILM Level 7 in Coaching since setting up my own business, as a lot of my Organisation change work includes both individual and team coaching. I also work as an associate trainer for an organisation specialising in workforce wellbeing.

Experience and skills

  • Resourcing (Recruitment, retention, payroll)
  • Organisational transformation
  • Tupe
  • Employee relations
  • Wellbeing
  • Organisation Development and Engagement
  • Coaching
  • Business change facilitation

Mentoring experience
I have worked as a mentor in the course of my HR roles, and as part of a graduate training scheme in one of my employing organisations.

Willing to work in…
South Yorkshire

Personal interests
Horse riding, theatre (ballet), food

Jayne Tory, Chartered FCIPD

As a Senior HR Business Partner for ASDA I operate in a dynamic business where change is the norm. The partnership I have developed with the leadership team I support allows me to deliver an HR service through the line, shaping our operating model, developing talent and creating a culture of engagement.

I have worked for ASDA for 22 years in total in a variety of positions within HR across Reward, Payroll, Incentives, Engagement and Training and Development. In the last five years I have had a fantastic opportunity to be the Country Lead for the introduction of HR optimisation in the UK for Wal-Mart, and have spent a number of weeks a year on the project in the USA.

Experience and skills

  • HR transformation
  • Business partnering
  • Training and development
  • Talent and succession planning
  • Compensation and benefits

Mentoring experience
I have mentored colleagues at work and also mentored as part of an initiative where the aim is to inspire and empower ‘M.A.D.’ – 'Making A Difference', which involves women working in not for profits, charities and social enterprises around the world that are already making a difference to women and girls.

Willing to work in…
Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Leeds and Barnsley

Personal interests
Reading and gardening

Lynn Clark, Chartered FCIPD 

Lynn is an HR and development professional with considerable commercial experience, including setting up and running her own businesses. Her career in operational HR roles initially covered patients, toilet rolls, peas, pick and mix and money lending. She has since worked in consultancy and interim roles in financial services, distribution, transport, police, fire and rescue, local government and not for profit sector. Personal and management development, career coaching and outplacement, and business start up and growth, have been the focus of her work over recent years, working with groups and individuals at all levels across a variety of contexts. A skilled facilitator and coach, her approach to working with individuals and groups is informal, supportive, non-judgmental and pragmatic with a focus on ensuring that learning is applied to the real working environment and that personal development is achieved.

Experience and skills

  • Facilitating and supporting change at organisational and individual levels
  • Personal development, designing and delivering programmes and coaching individuals and groups
  • Leadership and management development – designing and delivering training and providing group and one to one coaching
  • Facilitation for away-days, effective working and business planning
  • Developing rapport and productive working relationships
  • Incisive, quickly establishing what needs to happen and how
  • Skilled communicator and presenter
  • Leadership and management of groups, including volunteers (CIPD Chair roles)

Mentoring experience

  • Development of trainers in design and delivery
  • Supporting individuals through job search and career transition
  • One to one coaching at senior management level
  • Supporting SME’s for business growth - new business start ups
  • HR support to small businesses and sole HR practitioners

Willing to work in…
South Yorkshire
, North Derbyshire, Greater Manchester

Personal interests
I am a very sociable person and enjoy spending time with people, friends and family. I enjoy walking and spending time in the countryside. 
I love music, especially live, and enjoy the theatre. Have recently become a volunteer at the Shepherd Wheel.

Mike Sinnett, Chartered FCIPD

Hi, I’m Mike and I live in Sheffield. I have a wife and a daughter, who is currently studying to become a dance teacher. I started my career in the IT industry but after 4 years I became fed up with that. I moved into teaching spending 3 years as a Computer Studies Lecturer in a Technical College. I then joined HSBC and for the next 30 years worked in both HR and L&D. My roles included: trainer, L&D manager, internal L&D consultant and HR Specialist. During my HSBC career I delivered training programmes overseas as well as spending 3 years running the L&D team in HSBC Bank Malta. I left HSBC in 2008 to become an independent consultant providing coaching and training in every aspect of people development and communication.

Experience and skills
My L&D experience includes the design and delivery of training programmes in:

  • leadership and management
  • performance management
  • coaching
  • mentoring
  • teamwork
  • effective communication
  • personal effectiveness
  • recruitment and selection
  • interviewing.

My HR experience includes the design and delivery of HR processes for performance management, career development, recruitment and selection, job descriptions and job evaluation, absence management and talent management.

Mentoring experience
I have been a mentoring professionally for 25 years. I have mentored people at all levels in the following situations:

  • graduates joining HSBC
  • people experiencing major change including takeovers/mergers and working overseas
  • helping people to achieve their personal goals
  • helping people with their job search and ideal role identification.

Willing to work in…
South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire

Personal interests
Keeping up to date with the latest trends in L&D and HR, going to the theatre, dining out, travel, spending time with my family

Godfrey Craik, Chartered FCIPD

I have recently retired from the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam university after 18 years service. I was a principal lecturer in the field of organisational behaviour and HRM and a postgraduate programme leader for leadership and management. In this role I was the programme lead for CIPD professional level 7 courses. I also taught on a range of business and management courses with a particular focus on human resource development, strategic HRM and diversity. I was also a supervisor of student research dissertations providing guidance and support to the researcher. My research interests were mainly in the areas of teaching, learning and assessment, in particular, the nature and development of learner autonomy. A major part of the work of an academic involves mentoring and supporting students as they progress through their course of study. Prior to joining the university I worked in the manufacturing sector for Cadbury Schweppes as a buyer and programme planner. I worked in the wine and spirit retail sector as a store manager for Oddbins Ltd. 

Experience and skills
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development the professional body for HR managers. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Alumni of the MBA International Teachers Programme (July 2008). Chair of Governors, Ecclesfield school for 7 years. Diploma: Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Furniture Making Course – City & Guilds 1996/7 Parkwood Collge Sheffield.

Mentoring experience 
Over the past 18 years I had extensive experience of mentoring students at the university. These include undergraduate students, part time and mature students and international students from across the world. I have also had experience of recruitment and selection panels and assessment centres which is helpful in supporting and advising those looking for employment. 

Willing to work in…
Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Chesterfield. 

Personal interests
Furniture Making, DIY, Music, Yoga & Cooking.

Lauren Morton

A HR Business Partner for a large Plc which operates in the construction industry. I started my HR career in 2013 following completion of my undergraduate degree in Business and HRM. My roles prior to this were within HR functions of food manufacturing organisations. I’ve progressed from a HR Assistant role to a HR Business Partner within 4 years at my current company, undertaking a range of responsibilities such as managing a team and working with senior leadership on strategic people plans. I’m currently writing my dissertation which forms part of my MSc in HRM, I’m researching the impacts of career development on mental health.

Experience and Skills
I have generalist HR experience ranging from HR Assistant duties operating as onsite HR (food manufacturing) to shared service centres. I have experience of providing HR advice on all matters, from simple HR issues to complex strategic issues, e.g. restructures, collective redundancies, performance management, absence management, disciplinary and grievances. More recently, I have undertaken responsibility for creating a people plan aligned with my organisations strategy. I’m currently implementing a talent strategy which involves talent reviews, succession planning and encouragement of personal development.

Mentoring Experience
I have experience of mentoring my colleagues by providing advice and guidance and supporting with their career progression. I contributed to the HR team by providing the opportunity to allow my colleagues to shadow me or support with activities in order for them to gain experience and an insight into the role of HR Advisor/HR Business Partner. From experience, it can be really daunting approaching someone senior or with lots of experience for advice/guidance so I would like to think that I can provide advice from the perspective of working in HR for a relatively short amount of time who has progressed through their career. I’m really down to earth and could provide a realistic insight into working HR and the different roles or career stages. I like to think that I approach HR with a modern outlook, focussing on the future of HR and could support with the skills required of younger HR practitioners.

Willing to work in…
I’m based in Rotherham and travel to Sheffield frequently. I perform a mobile role, based nationally so I’m flexible with travel. My office hours are 8.30am – 5.30pm, however really flexible with meetings. As I cover the business nationally I travel a lot but equally could fit in time to meet with a mentee or have a call, depending where I’m based on that particular day.

Personal Interests
Interior design, socialising with friends and family and live music events

Local branch events

We offer a range of events and services to HR and L&D professionals as well as the wider business community. We provide opportunities for networking and continuous professional development (CPD) through our exciting events programme; promoting best HR&D practice and raising the profile of the CIPD within the South Yorkshire region.

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Northern Area Partnership

We are also a part of a longstanding voluntary partnership of the ten northern England branches covering between them an area from the Scottish border down to Cheshire in the West and South Yorkshire in the East and providing services to around 24,000 members.

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