Surrey and North Hampshire Branch covers an area from Dorking in the east around the M25 encompassing Guildford, Farnborough, Camberley, Woking and Walton and Weybridge. We provide a varied programme of events for our 3300 members, providing you with excellent opportunities for your CPD and Networking as well as in some specialist areas.

Given the geography of the Branch as well as our main Branch events we offer members access to 5 geographically based local Groups as below. Members may visit any CIPD event wherever it is held. To support members who work as Consultants or Self Employed we have a Consultants Interest Group and to assist you in developing your career we offer both a dedicated Careers Group (Career Connect) and a successful Mentoring Programme.

We try to accommodate all our members and hold events on a variety of evenings, Saturday mornings and through our Morning Club during the day, so we hope one will suit you. The running of the Branch is based on volunteers and more of your support would be welcome. Areas where support would be welcomed is shown below and it can be from just providing event support through to becoming a Group Chair.

Our role is to provide members with the support they need so if you have any requirements we are not covering then just contact us.

Graham Moore

Surrey and North Hampshire Branch Chair.

In response to member requests we have launched the HR Morning Club. This will meet each month and be an informal gathering for members who cannot attend our traditional evening or Saturday events. We hope it will appeal to a wide range of members so if for example:

  • You are seeking to return to work
  • Need support with your study towards a qualification in HR
  • Are on maternity leave or other caring activities
  • Maybe you are unemployed or redundant or perhaps working part time
  • Just want to network or update your skills – then -

Our Morning Club will be a great opportunity to network in a friendly and welcoming environment over a cup of coffee and learn something new and topical at the same time. It is an opportunity for you to discuss current HR and business topics and see how you can gain new skills.

We meet in Guildford from 10.00 to noon so come for the morning or just pop in at any time. You will be able to input to how you would like the club to work and discuss access to the Branch to arrange further events on topics of your choice (or just continue informal coffee meet ups).

The Dorking Group provides members based in East Surrey with access to a series of varied events complementing those organised by the Branch. In addition to the local Dorking area, we also have many attendees from the areas surrounding Leatherhead, Reigate and Redhill. All members (and non-members!) are very welcome regardless of their location, and we hope that the Group will become a valuable resource for all.

The events will tend to be in and around the Dorking area but we are always on the look-out for great venues in East Surrey so if you would like to host an event – please do get in touch.

Similarly, we hope to have a varied programme of events so if you would like to give a talk or workshop on a topic of interest then please do let us know – we are very happy to assist in the organisation and promotion of any events – you just need to bring along your ideas and we will help with the rest!

Look forward to seeing you all at the Dorking Group Events.

Martin Buckland 
Group Chairs

Welcome to the Farnborough and Camberley Group.

We run a topical programme of events, with a combination of lively talks and practical workshops plus plenty of opportunity to network with the broad range of attendees at the meetings. Our group meetings are held five times a year in Jan, March, May, September and November.  Whilst principally events are for CIPD members, if you want to come along then just ask. Everyone will be most welcome.

If you are interested in any of our events please register via our branch Eventbrite page. We look forward to welcoming you.

Farnborough and Camberley Group

The Guildford Group of the Surrey and North Hampshire Branch meets several times each event season with a small break in the winter months. Events are held in the School of Management Building at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford. We start at 19:00 for 19:15 and aim to close between 20:45 and 21:00.

Sessions are aimed to appeal across the full remit of HR activity and there is a particular focus on new ideas and thinking. Sessions are mostly interactive and in recent times have included legal updates, psychometrics, change management, well-being, engagement and corporate social responsibility. Speakers are usually at the forefront of current thought leadership and have vast experience in people related business issues.

We are a friendly, welcoming group and look forward to meeting new members, aspiring members and students as well as those who have been associated with CIPD for a longer period.

David Snelling
Group Chair

Welcome to the Walton and Weybridge Group.

We have a topical programme of events scheduled  and our aim is for all our sessions to be interactive and an opportunity to support, network and knowledge share - somewhere where we can learn from each other.

The group aims to meet at least four times a year in Walton on Thames, where we meet at 18:30 for a 18:45 start and aim to finish by 20:30.

Whilst we have a schedule of events for the coming year, we are looking for ideas for interesting topics/volunteers to talk at our future events, so we would love to hear from you if you would like to volunteer or know someone who would be happy to come along to our branch and talk about a hot topic, new HR practice or new HR innovations.  

We look forward to welcoming you.

Alison Curtis 
Group Chair

The Woking Branch has a new venue!

Our June event in Woking completes a busy year of well attended events. Thanks to all our speakers for their variety and expertise and our members for their attendance and contribution. Our programme of events has been tailored around our members’ particular areas of interest and we hope that you find them interesting and useful. Full details can be found on our Events page where you can also book onto these events.

We look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon.

MyHRCareer provides an opportunity for members from across the branch to better manage their careers and achieve the personal growth they seek and provide an understanding of how to achieve better work and a better working life. 
We run a number of MyHRCareer Saturday morning study sessions during the year supported by visiting experts. Each session offers a selection of career related learning activities that are informative, interactive, and enable members to take-away tools and techniques to continue working with beyond the sessions.
The MyHRCareer sessions are designed to support Members in using the CIPD‘s Development Plan and the CPD Cycle to: 
  • Identify skills, strengths, and career motivations
  • Plan goals with clear outcomes and milestones
  • Act upon the plan, helped and supported by the visiting experts, tools and techniques offered, and other delegates
  • Reflect on progress through day to day experiences & contributing to LinkedIn discussions
Topics of the MyHRCareer sessions planned, include such topics as; Career self awareness; CV writing practice; LinkedIn profile writing and networking; interview practice; changing roles in your HR career. We want these sessions to provide what you want so let us know so we can include it.
For more details of future events check on this web page and to participate in the discussion, please join our LinkedIn group.

The purpose of the Special Interest Group – Consultants has continued to place the emphasis on members meeting to talk about a range of topics and issues relevant in pursuing a variety of human resources, training, recruitment, change management and other kinds of descriptions that members put to their work and their businesses. The aim has remained to provide insights in how to develop your consultancy skills, improve your business and facilitate mutual support. The subject matter for the meetings is organised as the year proceeds so as to keep it topical and meaningful to the running of a consultancy and professional services business.

All meetings are held at the Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH. 19.00 for 19.30.

Trevor Hills
Group Chair

Our mentoring scheme re-launched in January 2016 and has been phenomenally successful with an incredible demand for these services provided free of charge by volunteers who are local role models. Having a mentor supports your career development, adds another person’s knowledge base and experience to your own and helps you gain confidence both in day to day activities but also, importantly, when taking critical decisions.

Having a mentor supports your career development, adds another person’s knowledge base and experience to your own and helps you gain confidence both in day to day activities but also, importantly, when taking critical decisions.

In the words of David Clutterbuck, everybody needs a mentor. No matter who you are or what you do, mentoring is a fantastic chance to help you grow and perform even better as a HR professional through the experience and support of those who have been faced with and triumphed over similar obstacles.

Using CIPD’s values, we explain why our mentoring scheme is a must have for all our members:

  • Purposeful - unlock your true potential! Our mentoring scheme is dedicated to helping our members identify areas for development through constructive challenge, breaking down barriers, helping view situations in different ways and put in place bespoke improvement plans.
  • Agile - mentoring is for the 21st century too! Sometimes busy and demanding lives mean we feel we have sparse time for ourselves. As well as local ‘coffee catch ups’, we use the latest technology, enabling mentees greater access to mentors, no matter where or what business or home pressures arise.
  • Collaborative - expand your network, open doors and learn from each other! Our mentoring scheme is not only designed to provide our members with clarity, care and confidence, but we also offer a sounding board and access to the latest tools, tips and advice.
  • Expert - mentors have a wealth of knowledge and experience in their field of expertise that they can share with you, providing a unique opportunity to give you an ‘insider's’ perspective, helping you shape your career to achieve your aspirations or problem solve the here and now.

To ensure you get the most from our mentoring scheme, we partner you with the right mentor who has the right skills and experience for you. In order to do so, we want to get to know you a little better. All you need to do is answer a few quick questions by clicking on Register as a mentee below, then leave the rest to us.

Register as a mentee

If you would like to be considered as a mentor, please click on the following link to register.

Register as a mentor

Welcome aboard the CIPD Surrey and North Hampshire Branch mentoring scheme!

Richard Wells
Mentoring Lead, CIPD Surrey and North Hampshire Branch

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