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

12-13 May 2020

& 19-20 Nov 2020

GBP 1,099 899 *
EUR 1,539 1,259 *
USD 1,714 1,402 *
* When you book before 8 Apr

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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 (12-13 May 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 (19-20 Nov 2020)

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:

  • Certificate: 11.30 hours

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12-13 May 2020
12-13 May 2020 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 1,099.00
EUR 1,539.00
USD 1,714.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
GBP 899.00
EUR 1,259.00
USD 1,402.00
Until 8 Apr*
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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
+ VAT @ 20.00%
Enrol now

* Note the early booking discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotional code

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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

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

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

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

Wendy Grierson, HR Business Partner, Sunrise Senior Living Limited

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

Nicola Beckerleg, Deputy HR Manager, Puma Energy UK Ltd

Really enlightening. Not too complex and confidence building

Jenna Hartley, Senior HR Business Partner, FirstPort Property Services

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

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

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

Stuart Wilson, HRBP, Northern Health & Social Care Trust

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

Laura Hames, HR Business Partner, Mothercare

Overall great course, given me many things to take away

Marie Whitton, HR Business Partner, Molnlycke Health Care

Content was pitched at the right level. Sheila was really engaging and interesting

Caroline Belshaw, HR Manager - Yoghurts & Desserts , Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP

Informative. Sheila was very knowledgeable and I liked the examples

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


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

Sheila was wonderful and her experience to really drill down how issues could have an impact. Having the opportunity to have time with other HR professionals from other cultures

Jenny Locke, Junior HR Business Partner, Samsung Electronics (UK) Ltd

Very good

Meretayeva Aizhan, HR Business Partner Coordinator, Agip KCO

Was helpful, interesting and useful

Zhanargul Mukashkereyeva, HR Business Partner Team Lead, North Caspian Operating Company N.V

Interesting topic area that prompted a lot of good discussion

Lei Smith, HR Business Partner, Domino's Pizza UK & Ireland Limited

Fantastic, holistic approach, for all HR professionals

Sarah Kennedy, Reward and Recognition Project Lead, The Valuation Office Agency

Very well elaborated content, dynamic, excellent facilitator. Good mixture of theory and practice

Gabor Feher, Regional Human Resources Manager Europe, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Excellent presenter, very knowledgeable and understanding of the role of HRBP. Great story telling.

Lesely Littler, HR Business Partner, Viridor

Very interactive speaker has a wealth of experience in HR BP, examples given made it clearer to understand

Marina Bassil, Regional Human Resources Manager Middle East, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Very good content - a lot of information covered, well presented

Sarah Holmes, HR Business Partner , Viridor

Sheila was very knowledgable, kept a good pace, interesting examples, good mix of activities and theory and humour

Justine Broadley, Senior HR Business Partner , Viridor

Very intense

Christiane Meier Allalouf, Senior HR Officer, Red Cross

Very good course. Needs to be longer as so much to cover

Verity Smith, Human Resources Advisor , Wentworth Club Ltd

Excellent speaker and very knowledgeable. Excellent stories in real life situations.

Lesely Littler, HR Business Partner, Viridor

This course allows participants to discuss common HR issues and reflect on the behaviours we need to make become visible, credible and adding a value BPs

Marco Avila, Senior Human Resources Special Projects Officer, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

A thought provoking and highly relevant course. Sheila's knowledge and experience was insightful and added to the benefit of the course.

Jenna Blood, HR Business Partner, Bespak Europe Ltd

Great flow of info; Sheila was fantastic at opening up dialogue within the group which were invaluable

Ann McKillop, HR Advisor, Henderson Group

Content highly relevant, presentation paced well with a good mix of theory, models, discussion and speaker led experience/examples. Speaker credible, knowledgable, sound delivery.

Emma Stallion, HR Business Partner, Bespak Europe Ltd

Really enjoyed the course and content.

Nicole Morrow, HR Business Partner, Higos Insurance Services Ltd

Excellent course, great balance of practical and theory. Great flow and pace, easy to interact and share ideas.

Cristina Mead, HR Business Partner, Bespak Europe Ltd

Sheila delivered a great session. Really insightful questions to make me think differently.

Katie Sowersby, HR Manager, Microsoft

It was very thought provoking and I will recommend to others!

Emma Billings, Human Resources Manager, Birmingham City University

Content presentation and speaker were well done.

Sandra Duran, HR Senior Officer, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cross Societies

A fantastic course. Sheila was so engaging and I have learnt lots of new skills that I can take back to my workplace. Thank you!

Belinda Flack, HR Business Partner, BLUE CROSS

I really enjoyed the course but speaker made it even better

Agata Dzka, HR Manager, Pod Food

Extremely good, makes theory relevant and engaging

Vicky Bussell, BLUE CROSS

Excellent, thought provoking and insightful course. Has enabled me to reflect on my own practice, and how I can improve areas to develop myself and the business. Sheila is exceptionally knowledgeable and brings humour into HR which is great.

Melanie Ganderton, HR Service Manager, Hoople Ltd

Excellent, well represented with just the right level of detail. Fantastic speaker.

Laura Lew, Robinson Webster (Holdings) Ltd

I thought Sheila was very good, she made everyone feel at ease and I liked her style

Evelyn Given, Staff Co-ordinator / HR Assistant , The Children's Trust

I found the course extremely useful and relevant to my role. Sheila was engaging and talked about some great examples from her career. The presentation slides were clear and concise.

Shirley Maini, HR Operations Manager, Robinson Webster (Holdings) Ltd

I like the course, speaker and presentation a lot. Thanks Sheila!

Ketevan Baratashvili, Organizational Development Expert, Geocell LLC

Very good and I learnt a lot

Abdulaziz Al-Sabej, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

Sheila was engaging - great stories about own experiences, meant there was more openness in contributions from attendees. Great content.

Anna McKerrell, First Names

The presenter was clear, focused, and there was lots of interaction. Well delivered and got lots of engagement from the group.

Els Aoutin, HR Business Partner, First Names Group

Very good course, excellent info, excellent and pleasant speakers!

Angelika Morphaki, HR Business Partner, First Names Group

I found Sheila to be very engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining. Delivering the key messages with facts and details in a fun way.

Martin Osborne, HR Business Partner, TOPPS TILES PLC

Thorough and highly engaging. The content will be highly applicable and its presentation made it easy to comprehend.

Lucy Golbourn, HR Officer, Novartis Consumer Health

Excellent content the course was very flexible to ensure that all the objectives of the attendees could be met

Jo Becker, HR Manager, Samsung SDS Europe Ltd

Excellent course. Well organised, good group of people willing to share ideas. Fantastic presenter.

Lindsey King, HR Manager, Flint Group UK Ltd

I enjoyed the course and found it very worthwhile in terms of content and learning from other participants

Claire Smyth, HR Business Partner, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust

Excellent. Would highly recommend and attend other Falconbury courses especially if they are by Sheila!

Kayleigh Pierce, HR Advisor, Flint Group

I thought the content was excellent, very engaging. The presentation and course speaker were excellent, the speaker had a good handle on pace and understanding the needs/wants of the group, adapting to this throughout the course.


Excellent course which exceeded my expectations and has provided me with real application at work. Sheila Clark was engaging and provided a wealth of help, guidance and advice.

Catherine Golding, HR Consultant, Research Sites Restoration Ltd

This was an excellent course with very useful dialogue and examples from the delegates and the speaker

Sally Blake, HR Manager, InHealth

Sheila was excellent and very knowledgeable. Content was great and she managed to flex to our needs - more advanced experienced group.

Joanne Kelly, HR Business Partner, UK Commercial Teams , PZ Cussons (UK) Ltd

Applicable content, interesting and pace-wise comfortable presentation and experienced speaker.

Bruna Kostelac, Director of Downstream HR Department, INA Plc.

Useful for setting the HR structure and making the fine line in what is and what is not the role of HRBP, speaker was great, energetic and focused on the group dynamics which helped in networkign and sharing.

Marina Cvirn, Director of Retail HR Department, INA Plc.

Recommended for anyone in HR!

Hilary Coogan, HR Business Partner, Equinix (Services) Ltd

Open friendly approachable trainer, good practice.

Jana Trcalkova, HR Manager, Hyde Park Residence Ltd

Course material good, presentation easily understandable. Sheila was engaging and responsive.

Julie Harriott, Head of HR Business Services , Southern Water

I found it to be a complete eye opener, made me realise that I was more of a HRBP than I thought! Sheila was very up beat, has good pace and some brilliant stories that I could relate.

Samantha Williams, Human Relations Manager, Mylan

Course material good, presentation easily understandable. Sheila was engaging and responsive.

Julie Harriott, Head of HR Business Services , Southern Water