This new programme provides up-and-coming leaders in the people profession with a structured opportunity to learn from senior leaders.

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the people profession we will be using a fully accessible application process and focused recruitment. This is to ensure that all groups are represented, particularly under-represented groups (e.g. BAME).

What is the programme?

This new programme (launching Autumn 2019 and fully funded by the CIPD) will match aspiring HR directors (aiming to be in an HR director position within two-to-three years) with established and experienced senior leaders to share knowledge and provide support.

The mentoring will be complemented by three 90 minute virtual learning interactions, focused on the transition into a leadership position, and completed by each cohort together. These webinar modules will be run by The Clutterbuck Partnership and all participants will receive related learning materials. In between each module, mentors and mentees will be expected to meet at least once, either in person or virtually. We recommend the first meeting is face-to-face.

Through participating in the programme, mentees will come away with a transition plan for the next two-to-three years, better understand the transition required to move into an HR leadership role, as well as having the opportunity to learn from a senior leader.

David D'Souza

Great leaders often benefit from great mentors. This new programme gives you the chance to make the next step in your career with guidance and wisdom from those who have already helped make an impact on the profession and wider business.

David D'Souza

Director of Membership

For more information and to decide if you want to take part in this exciting programme, click on our FAQs below for mentors and mentees.


  • Develop a 9-12 month relationship with a mentee or mentor, including regular communication and at least one meeting in person.

  • Have the opportunity to attend online learning and sharing opportunities – 3 x 90 minute webinars delivered virtually by The Clutterbuck Partnership.

  • Share feedback, learning and outcomes with the CIPD Programme lead on an ongoing basis.

To be a mentor we ask that you are an experienced and preferably practising HR Director who has held at least one HRD role. You will be experienced and skilled in working at executive and board level. We would also welcome applications from former HRDs who now hold NED or other business leadership positions. We are looking for progressive HRDs who are true role models for the profession.

To be a mentee you must be a HR professional who is not more than three years away from being able to step into a HR leadership position. A CIPD member, you will be operating at a senior enough level to be able to gain from this experience and will likely be a HR manager or above. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BAME background.

The CIPD will be on hand to support you both through the process and will be capturing feedback, ideas and ways to improve throughout, as this is a brand-new programme. The modules are structured but there will also be additional opportunities for support forums and discussions.

You will also have access to CIPD resources, including our Introduction to Mentoring webinar programme, hints and tips and contact with the team here at CIPD should you have any queries.

We understand that the matching process is a critical part of the programme and, as a new programme, we will work closely with both parties to ensure we get it right. It will be based on a variety of factors including skills, location, ambitions and motivations.

We hope that all participants will find their match works brilliantly and there will be plenty of opportunity to feedback. However, if the chemistry isn’t right, we will work with those involved to try and improve the process or re-match where possible.

No, this programme is fully funded by the CIPD. However, if you wish to follow the programme with an accreditation with the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) that will be at your own expense.

Get involved

If you're interested in joining our mentoring programme as a mentor, mentee (or both) please download and complete the relevant form(s) below and send in together with your CV and the equal opportunities form to our programme lead at the CIPD, Leah De Silva.

Applications for mentees are currently on hold, but you can register your interest for the future by getting in contact. We're, however, very interested in hearing from potential mentors, particularly if you are based outside of London.