Welcome to our branch

Thank you for visiting the Gloucestershire branch page — a very warm welcome to you all. Although Gloucestershire is one of the smaller branches in the CIPD network, we are very proud that it is one of the most active. We currently have around 1,500 members across Gloucestershire.

We co-chair your local branch committee and aim to continue to grow the influence of the CIPD across the county. In addition, we are proud to deliver an extensive programme of events aimed at people professionals and those in allied professional roles at all stages of their careers. Our branch committee work hard to ensure that our events are topical, interesting and informative and welcomes suggestions from our members for issues and topics to cover. We also welcome offers from members and other professionals to come and speak to our community on their expert subjects.

The branch provides CPD and membership progression support and the opportunity to network with other professionals. All those involved in the branch are volunteers who readily give up their time to support the work of the CIPD locally. 

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our events soon.

Trish Kent, Chartered MCIPD and Ian Pettifer, Chartered MCIPD

Branch Chairs

Come along to
our events

Our members rate their access to a local branch in their top three membership benefits. Come along to our branch events to discover other CIPD benefits. Explore the issues and trends impacting our profession. Network, learn and share ideas with people professionals in our area. 

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Get involved

We want to see the branch continue to stretch the standard for people management in Gloucestershire.

One of the best ways to truly benefit from your membership investment is to be involved in branch events. You’ll be able to network and meet lots of new and like-minded people that are passionate about our profession. The branch holds a series of events throughout the year, from focused one-hour sessions on employment law 'hot topics' to practical skills development for training practitioners. We aim to offer a programme that appeals to a range of interests across HR and L&D throughout Gloucestershire. 

As a branch, we are committed to creating more opportunities for membership involvement, engaging with employers and organisations locally on the back of national CIPD initiatives, giving you the events that you want and ensuring value from your membership.

We also represent local issues and interests in response to CIPD issues and government consultations, giving Gloucestershire members a direct influence on both how our institute develops and on wider public policy.

This means listening to your needs and responding to them. After all, this is your branch, and our single focus is to serve you. Please let us know what we can focus on to support you more, and if you are interested in volunteering on our branch committee.

Networking and learning

With workshops, round tables, panel discussions and expert speakers, our thought-provoking events cover everything our community needs. Network, learn and stay up to date. 


Keen to get involved, give back or raise your profile? Whatever your skills and interests, learn more about branch volunteering. 

Support for student members

Just starting out on your career? Want to meet experienced people professionals and keep up to date with all the topics you cover in your studies? We’re here for you as you study for your CIPD qualification.  

The Alan Murgatroyd Award 

The Alan Murgatroyd Award was set up to commemorate the life of a very active CIPD member who was a key driver in developing the Gloucestershire branch. Alan also taught on CIPD programmes and his major interest was that of students, their progression, their successes and their involvement in their professional body. In this respect the award, made to an outstanding local student member of the CIPD each year, commemorates the support that Alan personally provided to students during his life.  

Want to get involved? Got an idea for an event? We want to hear from you!

Email us

Join one of our special interest groups

We bring together people professionals with a common interest to network, share ideas and learn from one another. Please email us if you’d like to join one of our special interest groups.

HR forum 

The HR forum is designed for people who work at a strategic level within the profession. Membership is either by invitation or HR Directors may apply to the forum chair to request involvement. There are no formal entry requirements, but applicants must demonstrate current or very recent evidence of their work at a strategic level. This includes HR Directors, HR consultants and professionals in other disciplines who are decision-makers influencing their organisation’s senior management team on HR strategic issues. Membership of the HR forum is open to both CIPD members and non-members who operate at this level.

The HR forum typically meets four times a year and has an active email discussion group. Topics for discussion are typically generated from within the group and are of current or strategic interest.

For more information about the HR forum or to request membership, please contact us.

Independents group 

The independents' group is a forum for CIPD members who are working independently or as a consultant delivering HR and related services. The group allows members to share their experiences, identify common issues and develop links.

There are no set criteria for membership so please feel free to come along.

For more information about the Independents' group, please contact us.

Gloucestershire learning and development (GL&D) 

GL&D is for those interested in learning and development and training. It is for practitioners working within organisations or for those running their own L&D businesses.

Through the themes of 'Learn, Share and Discover' the events throughout the year will aim to introduce new L&D topics, exchange thoughts and views on activities and resources, and unlock new creative approaches to learning.

Meetings are arranged on a quarterly basis.

For more information & to receive email alerts about future GL&D events please contact us.

Get in touch to find out more. And let us know your ideas for other special interest groups. 

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