The role of human resources in the public sector is evolving. These changes are being driven by the need for more human-centred solutions to challenges and closer collaboration between departments. More so now than ever, executives and managers are looking to HR to help achieve goals and meet the needs of their organisations.

In this Building Strategic Partnerships for Human Resource Professionals course you will investigate the role of an HR business partner in greater detail, looking to understand the critical links between organisational capability, success and HR functions.

You will learn to flex between an executive and HR mindset, assessing organisational requirements and meeting them with creative people-oriented solutions. By examining real-life examples, you will learn how to identify and tackle the challenges of strategic partnerships, developing a practical toolkit for you to use within your organisation.

About the Trainer: Natalie Ellis
Natalie began her HR career in 2007 working for Woolworths group and since then has worked for high profile organisations including and now works as an HR Consultant for AHR Consultants based in Warwickshire. She has many years of operational HR experience focussing on change management and employment relations, she will provide valuable insight into the challenges of the profession and demonstrate how to build a successful career despite the challenges faced by the profession.

Natalie is incredibly passionate about the profession and has a successful HR blog and is a finalist at the UK Blog Awards 2019 for her “HR acts of kindness” initiative. Additionally, she has written for and featured in People Management Magazine, the CIPD’s Power of One Campaign, is an ambassador for the CIPD’s Steps Ahead programme and was a finalist at the 2012 CIPD People Management Awards in the Michael Kelly Student of the Year category.

Natalie has faced many unique challenges through her career and has considered these situations as opportunities to continuously progress her career and her talk aims to inspire this year’s student conference by showing how HR can really make a difference.

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Defining the Human Resource Business Partner Role

  • Examining changing trends in the HR function
  • Understanding the relationship between organisational capability and human resources
  • Defining strategic partnership
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:00

Thinking like an Executive

  • Identifying strategic direction
  • Organisational performance and goals
  • Handling policy constraints: creating flexibility in rigid structures
  • Continuously assessing the role of HR: measuring effectiveness, costings, and productivity
12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:00

Cultivating Valuable Working Relationships with Executive Partners and Managers

  • Getting a seat at the table
  • Personnel Management: a strategic key to organisational success
  • Working together: the value of HR for modernisation
  • Communicating with stakeholders at the top
14:00 - 15:00

Aligning Human Resources with Business Needs

  • Identifying organisational strengths and weaknesses
  • Pinpointing opportunities and obstacles
  • Integrating organisational goals with HR capabilities
  • Making strategic interventions: utilising HR to solve problems
15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 16:00

Creating Your Plan

  • Practice using the tools in various scenarios
  • Looking at your organisational structure and identifying where HR Business Partnering would be most beneficial
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Central London