Welcome to our branch

Welcome to the online home of the Hereford and Worcester branch. We’re here to support you in your HR or L&D career at every stage.

Our inclusive networks and communities of people professionals are there for you throughout your HR journey. We aim to support you with best practice knowledge, fresh thinking and ideas, or even just a friendly, supportive, group of people to socialise with.

Our active branch of almost 1,800 members supports people in all grades of CIPD membership.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire branch is renowned for strong links with agriculture and food, and particular strengths in manufacturing, cyber security and defence. There are many different sectors located in the region, including not-for-profit, charities, education and large public sector organisations.
This variety means that our members have roles across various industries. Our branch membership includes people professionals working in private sector, education, manufacturing, health care and charity sectors and those who work as independent consultants.

This breadth of knowledge among our members is hugely useful, assisting us in championing better work and working lives, the CIPD purpose. It helps us support Hereford and Worcester people professionals wherever they are in their career.
When you join our branch and attend our events, or take on a role on the committee, you will expand your network and knowledge. 

We hope to welcome you soon.

Lisa Murphy, Chartered FCIPD

Branch Chair

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

Our branch committee plans a varied schedule of events, often involving speakers who are leaders in our profession, and we offer regular opportunities to brush up on the all-important area of employment legislation. All events are free for members. We need to ensure our events stay relevant to you, though, so we encourage you to contact our committee members, give us your feedback, and let us have your suggestions for future events.

We’re the voice of the CIPD in Hereford and Worcester. Here are our aims:

  • To develop better workplaces in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and help people achieve more fulfilling work lives and help organisations to strengthen their HR capabilities. Our useful network of members, volunteers and other stakeholders can help grow skills and ideas.
  • To share experience and expertise, giving a voice to HR and learning and development professionals in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
  • To create engaging events, aiding your professional development, building your network and gaining useful insights.
  • To create an HR and learning and development community in Hereford and Worcester, promoting the sharing of experience, expertise and best practice. 

We’re also looking for people to join the branch team and get involved in the running of the branch. People professionals at all experience levels are welcome, as we’re looking for ideas and enthusiasm. Our branch committee meets once a month, either online or face-to-face. To find out more, please contact us.

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.  

Member-to-member mentoring

We connect members who want to develop new skills and progress their careers with members who have expertise in coaching and mentoring. 

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.

Independent HR practitioners

Do you work independently? Are you making use of your local special interest group?

If you are a sole trader or small business providing HR support and services to clients, then you may already be aware of the existence and activities of the Independent HR practitioners’ special interest group (IHRP).

This is a sub-group of the branch set up some years ago to focus on the needs of the many independents operating within the region. Our main objective is to provide a forum for members to network and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed independently. Our SIG allows you to meet with others in a similar situation, sharing ideas and using each other as a sounding board.

Working on your own or in a small business may mean you have limited resources – IHRP enables you to develop relationships with other independents, so you can lend mutual support through or combine your different specialisms to meet a client’s needs.

IHRP offers you a programme of informative meetings on topics relevant to independents, where you can learn both from our speakers and other members and develop new skills.

If you’re new to working independently, or just wondering whether it might be right for you, come along and hear from experienced independent people professionals. It will be a great networking opportunity, open to all, and an be booked via Eventbrite.


Our branch coaching group has been active for several years now and all are invited, whether you work as a coach independently, within an organisation or use the skills of coaching in your role. We cover topics of particular interest.

CIPD research shows that more than 86% of organisations undertake coaching activities and increasingly it is seen as one of the most effective approaches to developing people at all levels and all stages in their careers. Our coaching SIG brings people together from all sectors, from business and independent practice, to learn together, gain fresh insights and ideas and share their knowledge and experience of coaching.

We organise events where coaches, mentors, learning and development specialists and others with an interest in coaching can come together, be inspired and learn from leading practitioners in the field and from one another. Our meetings are interactive, collaborative and provide a great opportunity to connect with a wider professional community.

If you are an independent coach/mentor, internal coach/mentor, or learning and development specialist with an interest in or responsibility for coaching or mentoring please join us.

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

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