HR National Leadership Programme


Professional Development through Masterclasses, Mentoring and Fellowship



The National HR Leadership Programme was established by the Company in 2018 as an executive education programme for HR Professionals. Its purpose is to develop HR leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, professional confidence, and the ability to establish an informed and commercial point of view on organisational challenges and opportunities. It is rooted in individual learning and reflection and led by experienced HR professionals.

How Does the Programme Work?

Now in its fifth year, the HR National Leadership Programme is a one-year immersive, personalised experience that equips senior HR professionals to deliver greater personal and professional impact. It looks at and challenges how you think and interact with other business leaders, and how to be a confident, proactive contributor. This is achieved through a mix of masterclasses, mentoring, and self-directed personal development planning supported by high profile successful HR leaders who bring their experiences and capabilities to help you succeed.

What you can expect…

  • Associate membership of the Company of HR Professionals with access to Company events and fellowship
  • Self-assessment, a personal development plan, and exercises in reflective learning
  • A series of experienced practitioner-led masterclasses exploring significant current professional themes
  • On-line mentoring provided by a senior HR professional and Company member
  • A peer coaching/mentoring approach using action learning sets to support mutual learning and application
  • A patchwork assessment methodology to measure learning and certify completion of the programme

...and where it leads

  • The opportunity to develop a deep network with other HR professionals
  • Connection and fellowship with the wider membership of the Company
  • An understanding of how Liveries and Guilds operate and the chance to participate in Company activities
  • Two-year associate membership of the HR Company with the opportunity to become a member or Freeman of the Company after that period

Who Should Apply

The National Leadership Programme is particularly relevant to the following people:

  • Senior HR leaders who want to round out their experience and have more impact as part of an executive team
  • Up and coming HR managers/leaders looking to develop themselves for bigger roles in the future
  • Successful HR Directors who want to build their professional network and connect into wider external debates and bring new perspectives about people issues into business strategy discussions


Hear from our alumni


Margot King

MD, Head of HR Business Management, MUFG

The HR Company’s Leadership programme challenged me to consider the full remit of the role of the HR Director, and helped to shape my own development with that in mind

Nikki Squelch

Head of Engagement, NHS Leadership Academy

It was a privilege to share the space to think about personal purpose all the way through to what the future of work will be. I certainly feel I am better placed to anticipate, harness and create a better workforce culture because of this programme.

Maire Sloman

VP, Global HR Ops, Colt Technology Services

If you are looking to develop your HR career to the next level and want to deepen your understanding and perspective on the key people-related issues impacting organisations today, this course is perfect for you. The masterclasses are excellent, with top quality speakers and provocations presented for debate and the quality of the mentoring received is superb. It is also a fantastic opportunity to expand your network. Be prepared to have your thinking challenged and emerge as a stronger HR Leader!

Darren Cornish

People Services Director, Aviva PLC

After a 25 year career in sales, trading and customer operations I made the switch to a senior level HR position at Aviva. I wanted to accelerate my know-how across all core aspects of HR, while developing an external network and pulling on strong mentoring. The Company NLP programme has more than met each of those. In fact it has gone further in bringing to this year’s cohort a sequence of highly thought provoking and engaging HR experts and practitioners that have challenged how HR can be better and add greater value to our businesses. The Company NLP has been a critical component of my first 18 months in HR.

Keri Garrod

Snr HR Manager, Anglo American

An engaging personal growth journey which has far exceed my expectations. I found the provocative approach in both the masterclasses and mentoring sessions provided an open-ended invitation to explore the strategic elements of HR through different lenses, encouraging critical thinking and consideration of what successful, workplace led application of initiatives looks like. As a result, I am relentlessly seeking breakthrough ideas to enhance employee experience and deliver on the business ambition.

Ben Woolston

HRBP, Munich Re

The National Leadership Programme came just as I was being promoted to a position in which I am on an Executive Committee and delivering for a positive yet demanding client group. The programme has given me a space to critically challenge my ways of thinking, acting and delivering without assigning blame or fear. I have been able to learn from senior representatives and have a greater sense of confidence in myself. The skills I have learnt have helped me settle into my new position and I am convinced will support my future progression for many years to come.


Faculty and Mentors


Application Notes

Applications are invited from anybody working in HR disciplines, irrespective of sector. The cost of the programme is £3,500 which includes one year’s apprentice membership of the Company and a further first year of membership with the Freedom of the Company. Applicants may be in a generalist or specialist role or in any area linked to professional HR delivery e.g. Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Engagement, HR Legal or HR Operations.

Places are strictly limited, so please apply early to ensure you are accepted.

Applications for 2023/24 should be submitted using the form below by 30th November 2023


National HR Leadership Programme Application Form

Please submit your details, answering all questions below to the best of your knowledge:

  • Please share with us what you hope to gain, as well as what would you seek to contribute to the profession?
  • Please share with us the impact you have been able to achieve through your work:
  • Can you please share some examples of when and how you have demonstrated your values in your work (this may be in your organisation, in other work you have done for the HR profession, or pro-bono work with the wider community)?

  • In this section answers should be no more than 200 words:

  • Why do you feel that this programme is appropriate for you at this stage in your career?
  • What specific learning and experience are you seeking to address through your participation within this programme?
  • Please give details of your academic and professional qualifications
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