It’s been over 25 years since the concept of the HRBP was developed by Dave Ulrich, with its focus on four key roles: a strategic partner, a change agent, the employee champion, and an administrative expert. There have been some challenges in adopting and evolving the role, but the post-pandemic world has reiterated the need for HR to get closer to the ever-changing business strategies and disruptions that drive increasingly demanding expectations of the workforce.

The HRBP must become an even more crucial touch point for business leaders than ever before.  That means dealing with an ever-increasing need to demonstrate tangible value and commercial insight, and ensuring that the largely tactical, administrative function of the past becomes a strategic value-adding function. This requires a focus on resolving business problems, defining success of HR in commercial terms, and building the capabilities of the workforce so that they can deliver and support the business strategy.



This half-day workshop has been devised by Dave Millner, based upon his deep experience and research into commercial HR functions, his 30 years of global consulting work, his book ‘An Introduction to People Analytics’ (Second Edition June 2023) and the curation of “all things future” through @HRCurator.  He aims to take a commercial, people-centric view of the HR function, assisting HR practitioners in how to utilise the key behaviours that make a real business impact and influence business leaders to embrace the people-centric approach that the pandemic has demanded. 


The aim of this workshop is to provide an insight into the future demands that will be made of HRBP’s, and through practical exercises and a range of different case studies, you will gain ideas in how to support business leaders in a more commercial and credible way. The format of the workshop will revolve around the principles of:

  • Knowledge sharing of case studies and frameworks
  • Learning opportunities so that different techniques and ideas can be understood and tested out
  • A focus on how these techniques can be used back in the HRBP role.



Dave will provide you with some insights, frameworks and examples that can help you build your confidence when working with business leaders.  This workshop will involve online interaction on practical examples and case studies.


What Do High Performing HRBP’s Focus Upon?

  • The ‘Now of Work’ and the Impact on the HRBP Role
  • Where do HRBP’s Spend Their Time?  2 Years Research from HR Curator 


Strategy and Commerciality – Underpinning a Data Driven HRBP

  • What is Strategy?
  • How Can HRBP’s Be More Strategic?
  • PRACTICAL: HR SWOT Analysis - Where Are You and Your Organisation?
  • Focusing on a More Commercial and Evidence-based Approach to HR.
  • The Role of Talent Data, Metrics and Analytical Insights as an HRBP
  • PRACTICAL: Practicals and Case Studies


Delivering Results to Stakeholders

  • HR Projects: Approach and Metrics to Consider when Delivering Solutions
  • Influencing Strategies and Creating an Impact on Your Stakeholders
  • Case Studies


Planning For Future Success

  • Strategy and Planning as an HRBP
  • Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP):  Developing an Agile Based Approach to SWP
  • Succession Planning: Developing a Roadmap for Evidence Based Succession Planning
  • Scenario Planning: Developing Different Ways of Developing Workforce Solutions
  • PRACTICAL: Planning with Data at The Right Time


Being a Data Driven HRBP

  • A Framework for Success: How to ‘Get Started’ as a Data Driven HRBP
  • PRACTICAL:  Applications of the Tools and Techniques in the HRBP Role


The Future 

  • The HR Function of the Future
  • PRACTICAL:  Learnings and Individual Action Planning.

Wed 7 June · 09:00-13:00 BST · Online

Dave Millner
Dave Millner
Consulting Partner
HR Curator
Dave has a business background working in financial services in the area of retail and corporate lending and risk for some 8 years, followed by 30 years of internal and external HR consulting experience in NatWest/RBS, PSL, Kenexa and IBM as an occupational psychologist. Dave worked directly with different global and multi-national based organizations offering organizational effectiveness-based solutions focusing on future proofing their businesses.

He is a regular presenter at global HR conferences promoting the role of technology, people analytics and the need for HR to be more commercial in its’ approach so that it can demonstrate tangible business value. His first book ‘Introduction to People Analytics’ on the changing role of HR and the increasing demand for data insights was published in April 2020 and has been published in China in 2022.

He’s referenced as being a key influencer on Twitter via @HRCurator in several HR subject areas (c30,500 followers). He’s an Associate with Corporate Research Forum (CRF), GPS Asia, Hult Ashridge Business School, the Centre for Effective Organizations (CEO) at the University of Southern California (USC) and is an Adviser to iPsychTec, a cultural analytics provider. He is one of Engage Employee’s Forward Thinkers for 2021 and 2022 and was recently HR Magazine’s #16 HR Most Influential Thinker 2021.