Connect with other people professionals at our annual roadshows.  Celebrate the profession at our awards ceremony.  Choose from our growing professional networks. Take part in our learning events, consultations and public policy campaigns.

The CIPD in Wales Awards - open for entry

Your time to shine / Dy amser
i ddisgleirio

Organisations are powered by people, and supported by people professionals, so it’s only right that we take time out to showcase, recognise and reward excellence in people management practice at our sixth annual awards in Wales.

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Come along to our events

7 February 2024: Pricing Strategy for HR independent consultants

Join us to hear from our guest speaker on the best pricing strategies to sustain and grow your business.

28 February 2024: A Skills-Led Economy for Wales - L&D Network event

Join us to hear and learn about the latest joint CIPD and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) report on skills in Wales.

29 February 2024: Reconnect with the CIPD in Wales - Swansea Mercure Hotel

Come along to hear how the CIPD in Wales can work with you and for to add value to your people plans.

6 March 2024: Reconnect with the CIPD in Wales - Cardiff

Come along to hear how the CIPD in Wales can work with you and for to add value to your people plans.

15 March 2024: The CIPD Awards in Wales

Join us at the CIPD Awards in Wales to celebrating great HR across Wales!

20 March 2024: Reconnect with the CIPD in Wales - Llandudno

Come along to hear how the CIPD in Wales can work with you and for to add value to your people plans.

11 April 2024: All about apprenticeships in Wales and how to maximise funding available

A session on apprenticeships and funding opportunities for your organisation in Wales.

16 April 2024: Reconnect with the CIPD in Wales - Llandrindod Wells

Come along to hear how the CIPD in Wales can work with you and for to add value to your people plans.

24 April 2024: AI, revolutionising the workplace - The CIPD in Wales half-day conference

Join us to learn about the role of AI in the workplace, the CIPD perspective, Welsh policy and case studies.

14 May 2024: Annual meeting followed by a guest speaker

Transformational HR - what is the role of HR Professional in organisational transformation?

5 June 2024: Women's health in the workplace online conference

Join our virtual conference to hear from experts and case studies on how to support women in the workplace.

Network and learn with your peers in your
local branch

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Our work in Wales

There’s no doubt that the impact of the pandemic, Brexit, and now the cost of living crisis has changed the landscape, creating a competitive yet unique job market where flexible and hybrid working and an increased awareness of mental health  are more prominent than ever.  

We're committed to identifying and highlighting untapped talent. We work with individuals, groups and employers to facilitate their inclusion into the job market. We promote and engage with UK-wide CIPD campaigns and initiatives in a way that maximises the impact in a Welsh context.  

The concept is simple:

  • There’s a skills shortage in Wales
  • There’s a pool of untapped talent
  • We have access to employers who would welcome access to these people 
  • We have members who can help and support these people to become a valuable part of the workforce.

Stay connected to find out about the next phase of this important work and how you can get involved.


Thought leadership and resources from our team in Wales

CIPD Good Work Index – Wales

A Wales summary of the CIPD Good Work Index 2023 survey report

Policy engagement
Fair Work Wales

Read the CIPD's submission to the Welsh Government's Fair Work Commission

How we influence public policy in Wales

Meet the team

Lesley Richards, Head of the CIPD in Wales

Lesley is responsible for representing the CIPD in Wales and our 7,000 members across the nation. She focuses on influencing policy, building partnerships and delivering for members. Lesley has a long history with the CIPD,  joining our South East Wales branch as a student member. 

Before joining the CIPD, Lesley spent 25 years working in HR, both in professional services and her own consultancy business. She also spent eight years as Group Executive HR Director for one of Wales’ leading marketing and communication consultancies. Lesley continues to run her own HR consultancy with a client base which spans the private, public and not for profit sectors.  


Bethan Collins, Engagement Manager, Wales

Bethan focuses on engagement with our members and key stakeholders to progress the policy and public affairs agenda in Wales.  She joins us from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and prior to that has worked with organisations in London and Wales including the League Against Cruel Sports, Citizens Advice and RADAR – now Disability Rights UK.   

Annabelle Llanes, Engagement Manager

Annabelle sees stakeholder engagement as a massive member benefit, and brings her experience to shape the offer in Wales and take it to the next level. She joined us from the Institute of Sales Professionals, where she was responsible for the planning and implementation of their event strategy, including member engagement, webinars and roundtables.  

Who we’re working with in Wales

Welsh Government

Our relationship with the Senedd and Welsh Government has gone from strength to strength since the inception of the CIPD in Wales in 2016.  Our work includes providing Ministers and Officials with first hand insight from our members around the key issues facing the workplace in Wales including employability, flexible working and workplace mental health.  We also provide corporate or individual representation on relevant Boards and Working Groups.

Stay connected with our community in Wales

Got a question? We're here
to help.

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Championing better work and working lives

About the CIPD

At the CIPD, we champion better work and working lives. We help organisations to thrive by focusing on their people, supporting economies and society for the future. We lead debate as the voice for everyone wanting a better world of work.