Welcome to the CIPD Tees Valley Branch

Our branch committee is run entirely by volunteers; from CIPD students to Chartered Fellows or Academic members, as well as support from a marketing student to help us with our communications and social media.

We continue to see our greatest attendance at events with year on year increases all round and we hope that this continues to reflect the quality and variety of events that we offer. We work hard to provide a full range of events across HR, OD and Learning and Development topics. Our provision now also includes the introduction of an Independent Professionals Group. We hope that this will enhance the provision and accessibility and that you all find something interesting to attend.

As a Committee, we all give up our time and expertise to offer members a local branch which is responsive to local economy and members’ needs, through:

  • Promoting best practice in our profession and increased networking opportunities;
  • Supporting local educational establishments and students;
  • Providing opportunities for CPD and support through upgrading;
  • Actively engaging with our members to ensure that branch activities are enjoyable and beneficial.


We are always grateful for the organisations that provide generous sponsorship for our events. Our programme booklets are circulated to approximately 3000 individuals including all Tees Valley CIPD Members, Business Professionals and Further and Higher Education establishments across the Region. If you would like to sponsor an event please email Peter McLinn.

Northern Area Partnership

The Tees Valley branch is one of ten branches in the northern area that forms part of NAP (Northern Area Partnership). The ten northern England branches cover between them an area from the Scottish border down to Cheshire in the West and South Yorkshire in the East.

NAP is chaired by our Tees Valley Committee Treasurer (Peter McLinn). Their collective purpose is to share best practice, support branch chairs and committees in meeting their objectives and provide a voice and wider debate on the CIPD national agenda and its implementation.

The NAP committee includes representatives from each branch, in our case we are represented by our Joint Chairs. A key aim of the partnership is to facilitate high quality networking and CPD opportunities across the north and we achieve this through our regular meetings, an annual development day for all committee members and our NAP annual conference. Visit the Northern Area Partnership page for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at our events, but feel free to submit a question via our website anytime.

Kimberley Collin and Val Webster
Co-Branch Chairs, CIPD Tees Valley branch

On the evening of the 6th June 2016 at York Race course several members of the branch and a local well known business received awards for their professional and voluntary work on behalf of the membership and or the Tees Valley community

National Awards were received by Helen Whiting, Ed Duffield and Thomas McDonagh for their professional commitment and voluntary work on behalf of the branch and its members.

The National CIPD PACE awards were announced by Karen MacMillan CIPD branch development director and certificates were presented by CIPD Chief executive Peter Cheese in front of a sell out conference dinner.

Tees Valley branch awards were announced by Peter McLinn, NAP Joint Chair and presented by former Tees Valley Branch Chair Naomi Robson,  to Craig Hargreaves, Technical Training Manager at Sabic Chemicals on the International Teesside Wilton Chemical site in recognition of his long standing work with Tees Valley apprentices over many years and Dickinson Bond LLP in recognition for their partnership and sponsoring of branch employment law events for members of the branch for over 15yrs.

On behalf of the Tees Valley membership I would like to congratulate everyone concerned for their deserved recognition.

The primary purpose of our branch is to promote and champion the objects of the CIPD and to act as a channel to ensure that local CIPD members are given opportunities to network with colleagues, continue with their professional development and remain up to date with evolving HR issues.

As ever, the branch committee is working hard to continue to provide a diverse and comprehensive schedule of free and paid events for members, enabling us all to share the benefit and expertise of a range of high profile speakers and leaders in our profession. Our full events programme is available by clicking on the ‘Local branch events’ section below. This section is updated on a regular basis so please do check regularly and keep up to date with changes and additions.

We are an active branch with 1,150 members. We 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 online discussions or joining the committee. Whatever level of involvement you are able to have, we have no doubt you will find it both valuable and enjoyable.

We are very keen to ensure that our branch programme remains up to date and relevant to you. Please do keep in touch with any of the committee members via the Contact us link and let us have your comments about any past events and even better, suggestions for future events.

Upcoming events

CIPD North Annual Conference

6 May 2021

Our annual conference will provide an expert-led programme offering thought-provoking and practical insights on how to create healthier, more inclusive and innovative organisations. Phase 3 will be our Headline Sponsor for the conference.

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Contact us

Contact the team with your enquiries about local events or feedback on the future shape of branches

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CIPD North and Northern Area Partnership

CIPD North are building a network of members, volunteers and stakeholders to develop the profession, build our policy relevance and reach, and establish the voice of CIPD North. 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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