By Daniel Hunter

HR needs to increase its visibility and have the courage to effectively challenge business decisions, according to a survey of business leaders due to be released by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) later this month.

Given their unique position within organisations, HR Business Partners may provide a pivotal role in meeting these objectives, a theme that will be discussed at the CIPD HR Business Partner Conference.

During the conference Mike Cooke, Chief Executive of the London Borough of Camden and former HR professional, will explore how HR can be seen as ‘mission critical’ and the central role of HR Business Partners in achieving this.

HR Business Partners provide a crucial link between an organisation’s overall goals and its people practice. For this relationship to be successful, HR Business Partners need to understand the strategic focus of their business, stay aware of external factors, and be able to build strong links between departments.

Throughout the HR Business Partner Conference and Workshop, other senior business leaders will provide best practice examples of how HR can enhance its strategic insight and keep abreast of industry changes. Highlight sessions include:

- Results Driven HR: adding business value with HR — Martin Kirke, HR Delivery Director at Transport for London will explore how HR business partners can be successful drivers for change.

- Creating an impact: repositioning HR for maximum strategic impact — Simon Lanham, HR Transformational Director, and Rachel Bennett, HR Business Partner from Grant Thornton will look at how HR can maximise its impact as a strategically-aligned business function.

- Moving from Transactional to Transformational HR — Tanya Sinclair, HR Transformation Project Lead, Balfour Beatty, will be delivering a case study on how to build a HR team focused on strategy development rather than just service delivery.

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