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Developing High Performance HR Business Partner and Consulting Skills

Achieve excellence as an HR business partner and enhance your ability to deliver a positive impact and support across the whole business.

19-20 Nov 2020

& 13-14 May 2021 , 16-17 Nov 2021

GBP 1,099
EUR 1,539
USD 1,714

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Course overview

In the current climate, the role of the HR business partner has become essential in supporting the organisation through complex and changing business landscapes. It is no longer enough to just deliver good transactional services, a much deeper and broader understanding of business is needed. It’s also crucial to have the ability to work alongside all levels of management, with greater self-awareness and the right skill set, to positively influence the organisation at both a strategic and tactical level. This leap demands that you have the right expertise and knowledge to add value to commercial decisions and link HR to the overall business strategy. During this process, HR needs to demonstrate that it can support the business in taking robust decisions and drive change by helping consider the options and optimal solutions.

HR business partners are accountable to their business leaders and this programme is aimed at providing a framework and the skills for HR business partners to equip themselves for these challenges, especially in light of Brexit and the additional challenges that raises, and to feel confident in the contribution they make.

This highly participative two-day programme is a must-attend event for those wanting to further their role and secure their position as an influential part of their business. It provides an opportunity to network with fellow professionals and find solutions and new approaches to the challenges faced in these demanding times.

During this highly experiential two-day programme you will:

  • Explore the role of the HR business partner in the context of the organisation and current economic challenges presented by Brexit
  • Practise the application of the principles of good internal consulting skills
  • Understand how to support and influence the organisational change agenda
  • Identify how the role of business partner adds value to the organisation
  • Adopt a useful framework to help support line managers resolve and implement good people decisions
  • Identify what needs to be done differently to bring the HR business partner role to life
  • Map the profile of the HR business partner and identify your personal development actions

Why you should attend

This programme has been specifically designed to improve your skill set and ability to develop the influence HR has on leadership and the broader organisation. It will enable you to implement new initiatives and approaches that leverage people capability and support the business in its overall strategy. These new skills will make you an invaluable asset to the business and allow you to reach your full potential as a high performer.

During the two days you will:

  • Learn from case study scenarios that highlight classic organisational challenges
  • Practise using new consulting tools and techniques in a low-risk environment
  • Develop a strategy and set of actions to enhance your role within the HR function to that of a fully immersed business partner
  • Enhance your skills to influence senior colleagues and fellow managers concerning the people challenges around the strategic business agenda
  • Increase your understanding of how HR can add value at a commercial level in today’s organisation
  • Understand how to drive and support change within your business
  • Discuss the challenges faced by HR today, especially in relation to Brexit

Who should attend?

HR professionals who want to add value to their HR function and be a high-performing member of their senior management team, including:

  • HR business partners
  • HR managers
  • HR controllers

Programme at a glance..

Module 1 – The HR business partner as a strategic partner

During this module participants will consider their business partner brand and develop the compelling case for their contribution. Understand the difference the HR business partner role makes to commercial success.

Module 2 – Applying a consulting framework

In this module participants will examine a proven consultancy framework. They will become familiar with the key skills and a variety of tools and techniques to support implementation of the framework. There will be an opportunity to practise using and applying these skills through case studies.

Module 3 – Driving and supporting change within your organisation

This module has been designed to focus on how the HR business partner drives and supports change within the organisation. Using practical discussion and exercises it will examine the role of HR as the catalyst and facilitator of change to illustrate how you can apply this to any change project within your organisation.

Module 4 – Practical application for the workplace: case studies and exercises

The final module is dedicated to bringing all the models, tools and techniques together in case study activities to help embed learning. Discussions and facilitated debate will provide participants with the opportunity to practise using the skills they have learnt. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask the trainer questions and receive feedback on the use and application of the tools.


Sheila Clark (19-20 Nov 2020)

Sheila Clark is a versatile and commercially focused HR, Leadership and Management development consultant with broad experience of learning design and delivery. Prior to setting up her own learning and development consultancy, Sheila was the corporate HR director at BAA plc. She has worked with organisations across many industries including aviation, defence, government, publishing and pharmaceutical industry sectors. Her client work has given her the opportunity to work with HR and senior management teams to develop and assess capability, build competence, coach, implement leadership programmes and develop strategy. Her approach is to work alongside client organisations developing strategic and tactical interventions to energise individuals and teams, enabling them to implement sustainable change.

Katie Botten (13-14 May 2021, 16-17 Nov 2021)

Katie Botten has over 25 years of experience working for a variety of organisations in HR, OD, change management and leadership development. She has worked in-house as an HRBP supporting global financial services organisations through mergers and acquisitions, as well as in interim and consultancy roles implementing organisational and cultural change programmes. Her experience has been gained across many sectors including financial services, professional membership institutions, law, regulation, distribution, education, publishing and not for profit. She has worked globally with a variety of clients to deliver people focused change programmes and interactive programmes to create behavioural change.

Katie holds a degree in Social Psychology from the University of Sussex, a PGDip in Personnel Management from the University of East London and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD). She is BPS (British Psychological Society) Level A and B qualified enabling her to deliver and interpret occupational testing and personality questionnaires, specifically MBTI, OPQ, Hogan, Lumina Spark, Saville Wave and Strengthscope®. She is a Master Business Practitioner of NLP and a certified Success Coach.

She is the author of ‘The Professional Woman’s Guide to Giving Feedback’, Impackt Publishing, and a member of the Steering Committee for Women in Recruitment, an organisation dedicated to inclusivity and diversity in the Recruitment Industry. She designed and manages their on-line personal development programme.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance
  • Certificate: 11.30 hours

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19-20 Nov 2020
19-20 Nov 2020 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 1,099.00
EUR 1,539.00
USD 1,714.00
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13-14 May 2021
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16-17 Nov 2021
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  • Arrow Electronics (UK) Ltd
  • Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd
  • Bertrams
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  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • First Names Group
  • Hannover Re
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
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  • Irwin Mitchell
  • Jigsaw
  • Local Pensions Partnership
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  • Panavia Aircraft GmbH
  • PZ Cussons (UK) Ltd
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  • Remploy Ltd
  • Samsung Electronics (UK) Ltd
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  • Wales & West Utilities Ltd
  • Young & Co.'s Brewery, P.L.C.

An engaging two days which seemed to fly by and I can really see the value of the content I will initiate into my day-to-day job. The speakers were informative and able to relate to real-life scenarios, which helped me understand the subject better.

Shaun Lightbody, HR Business Partner-South Area, Five Guys, Nov 19

All HR professionals should attend this course! The content was spot on, thought-provoking and very interactive – a masterclass in how HR functions should operate within organisations. Sheila really is a facilitator in every sense of the word – she draws experience and information out of delegates and makes every element relevant to them and the challenges and opportunities they face. She has vast HR knowledge and experience and gave us lots of opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification where needed.

Natasha Foster, Group HR Manager, 2020 Legal Limited, Nov 19

This is a must-do course for those who want to fully understand the role of HR as a business partner. The content and delivery were excellent: Sheila was very engaging and shared practical examples from her extensive experience in HR along with techniques, skills and tips which I found very useful. I really enjoyed the course and meeting/listening to the other delegates.

Alyson Eynon, HR Business Partner, Henderson Group, Nov 19

This was the best course I have ever been on. Sheila was so captivating and her own HR experiences make the course come alive. She was really good at making us look at things from every angle.

Angela Larkcom, UK Head of HR, Althea UK and Ireland Ltd, Nov 19

Felt the content and presentation was very good. The speaker had a wealth of knowledge which she was able to use.

Nesline Lee, HR Business Partner, Notting Hill Genesis, May 19

Love the speaker's energy, humility and pace. Really enlightening, confidence building and not too complex.

Jenna Hartley, Senior HR Business Partner, FirstPort Property Services, Nov 17

Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Love Sheila and her presentation/training style.

Wendy Grierson, HR Business Partner, Sunrise Senior Living Limited, Nov 17

Excellent! I have really enjoyed my two days and networking was inspirational. Thank you.

Nicki Ballinger, HR Business Partner, BEN The Automotive Industry Charity, Nov 17

Ideas for good techniques to use in the workplace and develop my role.

Nicola Beckerleg, Deputy HR Manager, Puma Energy UK Ltd, Nov 17

Really enjoyed the course, got a lot from it. Great bunch of people who attended which made it even more enjoyable.

Jacqueline Armstrong, HR Business Partner, Northern Health & Social Care Trust, May 17

Informative. Sheila was very knowledgeable and I liked the examples.

Delyth Muhl, Assistant Head of HR Operations , South Yorkshire Police, May 17

Highly enjoyable and informative. I am returning to my organisation with ideas to put into practice and further develop skills.

Kathy Barnes, Senior HR Partner, South Yorkshire Police, May 17

Overall really enjoyed the 2 days and having the opportunity to reflect on my role

Laura Hames, HR Business Partner, Mothercare, May 17

Excellent, well worth the trip over and would recommend for others.

Stuart Wilson, HRBP, Northern Health & Social Care Trust, May 17


Jenny Jones, HR Manager, Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP, May 17