Business Partnering

CRF Learning: Business Catalyst: Reimagining HR Business Partnering – Residential

  • October 14 - 15 2024
  • London, United Kingdom

Based on our ground-breaking research, this programme goes beyond developing skills to shifting mindsets. It will shift your focus from bureaucratic HR towards delivering business impact, building organisational capability, and creating sustainable value. With an emphasis on practical implementation, the programme will increase your impact within your organisation by:

  • Developing deeper commercial and strategic thinking
  • Ensuring faster and more effective delivery
  • Improving influencing skills.

Benefits of Attending
This programme will examine the attitudes that differentiate great HRBPs and, by working through CRF’s Strategic HR Framework, will enhance your capabilities in a range of areas. Specifically, you will:

  • Gain greater understanding of how your organisation operates, delivers value and drives success, thereby enabling you to be a more effective business partner
  • Increase your credibility with customers by developing greater commercial acumen, business understanding and influencing skills
  • Grow in confidence to challenge existing thinking through a robust model for effective HR
  • Evaluate where you can add greater value to the organisation
  • Build your overall capability ensuring you optimise your business impact.

Attendees will receive digital copies of all programme materials, relevant CRF research and a workbook to explore concepts, models and plan a programme for ongoing development.

Who Should Attend?
Attendees will be existing HR Business Partners, specialists moving into the role, or HR Managers preparing for a more strategic position. We expect all attendees to be technically proficient in HR.

The cost of the programme is £2,250 (+VAT) for CRF members and £4,500 (+VAT) for non-members. Price includes accommodation.

Programme Dates
14 – 15 October 2024: 09.00 – 17.00 each day (two-day residential – South East, UK)

The Programme in Detail
AM – The Role of the HRBP

  • Clarity of HR’s purpose, vision and values
  • Explore the core purpose of the HRBP: the role of the HRBP versus where most time and effort is spent
  • Identify key attitudes of great HRBPs.

PM – CRF’s Strategic Framework for HR

  • You will simulate a senior management meeting to explore your organisational analysis and understand key business inputs – business imperatives, external environment, internal climate, resources, etc.
  • You will look at perspectives from other members of the management team to explore how HR can add value to these conversations and not simply respond to HR-related questions.
  • You will then look at how to influence decision making and manage expectations to generate greater impact.

AM – CRF’s Strategic Framework for HR (continued)

  • In the second half of the simulation you will explore the business analysis carried out on day one and its implications for HR.
  • This will include
    • The assessment of capability versus organisational challenges
    • The necessity of evidence in decision making
    • The value of communication, involvement and ownership
    • The importance of prioritisation and measuring business outcomes, versus HR processes.

PM – Future and on-going development

  • We will work with you to create a longer-term and developmental career agenda for yourself and colleagues.


Nick Holley

Director, CRF Learning

Nick Holley as Director of CRF Learning has responsibility to provide development for HR teams and senior professionals. Prior to joining CRF, Nick spent 10 years at Henley Business School where he was a visiting professor and Director of the Centre for HR Excellence. He has developed and delivered HR capability programmes for organisations across the UK and Europe, and internationally.

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Catherine Taylor

People Director, British Sugar

Catherine has worked within a range of highly successful, multinational companies, including Unilever, RS Components, Mercedes-Benz and Marston’s Plc. Throughout her career, Catherine has gained a breadth of experience across factory, distribution, sales, retail, head office and corporate environments. Starting as a Graduate Trainee with Unilever, she was promoted into a number of positions within the company, to become HR Director for the merged Diversey and Johnson Wax. Following this, Catherine became Head of HR for RS Components, where as a Board member, she led the strategy for establishing a high performance, customer-focused culture that enabled the business to deliver measurable improvements and improved financial results. At Mercedes-Benz, Catherine was responsible for the HR function across the Group companies, including Mercedes-Benz UK, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Mercedes-Benz Retail Group. After joining the team in 2008, Catherine transformed an outdated function and operating practices of old ‘personnel,’ with no presence on the Board, to a truly integrated business partner. This business partnering ethos was reflected by Mercedes-Benz being award-winning: HR Magazine’s 2011 HR Director of the Year, Personnel’s Today’s HR Rising Star, the Training Journal’s Learning and Development Professional of the Year and gaining the National Training Award – Greater London Winner, the first for the automotive industry. Mercedes-Benz Retail Group also featured in the Top 30 of the Best Workplaces in 2013 and 2014.
At the start of 2015 Catherine joined Marston’s Plc, a FTSE 250 listed company that’s one of the country’s top pub businesses and leading brewer of premium cask and bottled beers. As Group People Director she was responsible for working with the Board and the HR team to maximize return on Marston’s people investment, for both the Company and their 14,000 employees based in a multi-site organisation of 6 manufacturing sites and 1600 pub outlets Under her leadership Marston’s was named as the Best Macro Employer in the West Midlands under the National Apprenticeship Awards and the HR team as Best HR team in Hospitality. Catherine has recently moved to lead the HR function at British Sugar. British Sugar is the sole processor of the British beet sugar crop, working in partnership with over 3,000 farmers to produce around 50% of the sugar for UK customers as well as exporting around the world. It is part of AB Sugar – a business segment of Associated British Foods plc (ABF). ABF is a diversified food, ingredients and retail group with 130,000 employees in 50 countries.

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