Melanie Kinsella

Welcome to our branch

Thank you for visiting our branch page and for your interest in being part of the vibrant community of people professionals we are creating locally.

Since becoming the Branch Chair in 2017, I have worked to ensure that the committee of volunteers are supported and have the resources to organise great events for our community in Cumbria. I am proud to say that in the past few years we have achieved an increase in engagement from both our members and business leaders across Cumbria. We're the smallest branch in the UK but we are mighty in our ambition to achieve the very highest standard of networking opportunities, sharing of good practice and events across the county.

Our mission is to engage fully with CIPD members and local businesses in Cumbria, supporting your professional development needs, sharing knowledge and good practice, encouraging continuous learning and development and facilitating networking opportunities across the county, and having some fun along the way.

Melanie Kinsella, 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

Although we're the smallest of the 50+ UK branches with just over 500 members, we have big hopes and aspirations for our branch. We welcome all members - practitioners and consultants - covering all levels of experience in the profession of people management, learning and people development; from students just starting their careers right through to senior directors.

Branch activities are designed to provide continuing professional development and networking opportunities to enhance members' credibility and visibility. This helps to strengthen the link between people professionals and the businesses within Cumbria.Our branch is your:

Communication hub

  • to provide local opportunities for professional networking through events throughout the year.
  • to provide the focus for two-way exchange of information between the CIPD and local members on policies and governance through the branch committee, newsletter and events throughout the year.

Development support centre

  • for students, through their CIPD programmes
  • for guidance on membership issues, benefits or progression

Continuing professional development (CPD) provider

  • providing learning and development opportunities through events and discussion groups, at introductory level, on new issues, for updates and advance debate.
  • aising the profile of the CIPD locally as a valued source of information for people professionals and organisations.

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!

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Ten branches across the North of England form the Northern Branch Network. Together we serve our 30,000 members, delivering local branch events, learning opportunities, professional networks and special interest groups.

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