Aspiring HR directors

Find out how we develop aspiring people professionals into senior leadership.

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Supporting people from all backgrounds to take on leadership roles 

Through the Aspiring HR Directors’ Programme, we give up-and-coming people professionals from under-represented groups the opportunity to learn from senior leaders. Each year, we match thirty 30 aspiring leaders with a senior leader for 9-12 months of mentoring. To complement the mentoring, each mentee gets access to a programme of webinars delivered by renowned leadership and mentoring expert Professor David Clutterbuck.  You’ll learn about the transition into senior leadership and gain insights to help you overcome any barriers to progression.

Register your interest in the Aspiring HR Directors’ Programme

Applications for our 2023 cohorts are now closed.  To register your interest for our future programmes, please email our senior programme manager, Leah De Silva.

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Member to member mentoring

If you’re based in the UK, contact your local branch to ask about mentoring opportunities.

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Professional expertise

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The people profession

Explore the CIPD Profession Map to help you identify the knowledge and behaviours you need to make your greatest impact at work.

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What I wish I’d known – HR Directors

Being a director, adding value, office politics, work-life balance and more… Hear the candid reflections of our panel of HR directors and former Aspiring HRD programme mentees, chaired by Leah De Silva, Senior Programme Manager at the CIPD Trust.