Circle of Peers

Join us at one of our Circle of Peers events

Autumn Series 2020

Our Topic: Coping Skills – People Professionals’ Real Challenge?

We need to be in a good place ourselves before we can support others. Maureen will share some ideas to get your creative minds going! We will be drawing upon the latest news and case studies in HR/L&D with discussion focusing around:

  • How to develop resilience in others
  • How to cope with shifting priorities creatively
  • How to develop well-being tactics
  • Helping managers think in outcomes rather than micro-managing


The Circle of Peers: Virtual is designed to provide the chance to participate in stimulating and topical discussions and presentations using Zoom. With a maximum of 4 breakout rooms with a maximum of 6 peers in each room. We meet under Chatham House Rules to share, support, and where appropriate learn from each other.

The aims of these meetings are to:

  • Enjoy presentations from industry leading People Professionals
  • Bounce around ideas
  • Discuss problems and share solutions
  • Share successes and pitfalls in different approaches

Tickets to our Circle of Peers events are offered on a complimentary basis, but we do offer the limited places on a first come, first served basis, so please reserve your place as soon as you can.

What is the Circle of Peers?

Circle of Peers was launched in 2007. We recognised that People Professionals valued opportunities to meet and exchange experiences. These events also provide a support mechanisms for our candidates.

Circle of Peers events are good for People Professionals who give so much to others and yet do not take care of themselves.

If you’re thinking about getting a qualification with us, these events are ideal to meet us, get to know us and ask us questions in depth.

They’re held in London, Sussex, Dubai, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man.

Why not come along at a venue that suits you.

Maureen Scholefield on the vision for the Circle of Peers
Events & Upcoming Dates

Coronavirus Update: for the immediate future we will be running our sessions remotely via Zoom.


Autumn Series 2020: Circle of Peers, Virtual


Timeslot 1, Thurs 8th October, 16:30 – 18:30 (BST) *Fully Booked*

Timeslot 2, Wed 14th October, 09:30 – 11:30 (BST) *Fully Booked*

Timeslot 3, Fri 16th October, 09:30 – 11:30 (BST) *Fully Booked*

Additional timeslots added:

Timeslot 4: Tues 20th October, 16:30 – 18:30 (BST)

Timeslot 5: Wed 21st October, 09:30 – 11:30 (BST)

Timeslot 6: Thurs 29th October, 16:30 – 18:30 (GMT)

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Attendees describe the value of attending the Circle of Peers...
Attendees describe what they gained from the Circle of Peers...

Maureen is not only passionate about pushing the boundaries of HR thinking but also very knowledgeable. I have always admired her advocacy of and contribution to the CIPD qualification standards and this shines through in all of her presentations.

Maureen continues to encourage HR professionals to challenge our working practices, providing us with insights gleaned from her reading and research. We all really appreciate your time and giving us space for ourselves at the Circle of Peers meetings.

Gill Whensley

HR Director, Kreston Reeves LLP

Maureen runs excellent sessions at Circle of Peers where highly relevant and current topics are discussed that are important to HR professionals. The sessions usually bring some interesting people and I find this forum and the exchange of ideas very useful.

Maureen is an excellent facilitator and has the knack of getting people to think more widely deeply about their work.

Brian Duggan

Senior Business Development Consultant, PMMS Consulting Group

Wilson Wong, Head of Futures and Insight, CIPD
Amanda Humphrey, Director of Support Services, Roffey Park
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Share, inform, update.

Our concept of Circle of Peers works in formal and less formal situations, so the aims of Circle of Peers Casual meetings are to:

  • Share ideas, concepts and experiences
  • Formulate approaches, formulate models of good practice
  • Inform and update each other

Network and extend personal contacts in similar and different sectors. This is just what Circle of Peers Casual is designed to do!

Venues include:

  • The Wine Bar at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London
  • Bar George, Douglas, Isle of Man
  • Bianca’s Restaurant, Gibraltar
  • The Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, UAE

It is casual so we will be happy to see you for a quick or lengthy drink!

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It’s good to talk…

With up to the minute presentations from industry professionals and group discussions, we meet under the ‘Chatham House Rule’ to share, support, and where appropriate, learn from each other.

We all know that bouncing ideas, discussing problems and sharing solutions in a safe environment helps us to hone the ultimate plan. Finding that someone else has tried that particular approach and can share the successes and the pitfalls is of incalculable value, saving time, money and that all important stress factor.


We partner with our past and current clients in the People industry, offering insights into a wide range of interesting businesses.

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There are times when it’s lonely at the top.

It is difficult to know who you can talk to inside an organisation.  Cullen Scholefield are well placed to offer objective and sound advice in a safe and confidential environment.  Over the 32 years we have been working with managers and HR professionals we have always listened to and supported our clients.

So we can…

  • Listen
  • Act as sounding boards
  • Reflect back
  • Offer advice
  • Generate ideas
  • Provide interim support
  • Work on short projects
  • Facilitate that “interesting” session
  • Connect you to others

If this is how we can help you, please email in strict confidence to:

As an HR executive in South Africa, you were very much part of the subsidiary board, strategic development of key values and key drivers for the company. HR is an integral part of that. It’s not a grudge purchase.

Networking from an HR perspective is very important. I’ve never been one that only focused on HR. I’ve always believed in cross-functionality, so that’s why I like meeting new people. As an HR person, you need that holistic view.

Jane Normann

Human Resources Director, Dolby Vivisol

Maureen always has an interesting collection of people that come along and it’s a very useful networking opportunity. Perhaps there’s an opportunity to exchange ideas.

We have a seasonal workforce, and trying to make sure they get supported with the resources that we have can sometimes be tricky. A lot will come back year after year. We’ve had people for 20+ years!

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Head of Human Resources, Glyndebourne