Welcome to our branch

Welcome to our South West Wales CIPD Branch – we cover a large and diverse area, both geographically and in terms of the organisations that fall within our region. Traditionally, we have focused on holding events for fellow people professionals looking to learn, share and network to help champion better work and working lives in their organisations. Given our geography, we have been delivering a mixture of in-person and virtual events since before the pandemic and will continue to do so.

I became involved with the branch in 2013, became vice-chair 2015, and stepped up to branch chair in 2021. I’m a passionate HR professional, and throughout my career, I’ve worked across various sectors since taking up my first HR role in 2010. Currently, I am Head of HR in a housing organisation, where I get the opportunity to put great HR into practice.

Our branch committee is made up of other equally passionate HR professionals, from a broad range of backgrounds and sectors. Together with our colleagues at CIPD in Wales, we organise and host a number of high-quality events for people professionals each year.

Chris Stokes, Assoc CIPD

Branch Chair

Come along to
our events

Our members rate their access to a local branch in their top three membership benefits. Come along to our branch events to discover other CIPD benefits. Explore the issues and trends impacting our profession. Network, learn and share ideas with people professionals in our area. 

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Get involved

Our main focus is on the events we run between September and March each year. Our branch events provide learning and networking opportunities for HR and L&D professionals from across sectors and at various stages of their careers.

As always, we continue to champion better work and working lives and dovetail with the wider national networks of the CIPD in Wales. We do our bit to help support HR professionals and engage in wider conversations around issues that impact on the workplace.

The easiest way to get involved is to come to one of our events, where you will find a great welcome and engaging content from our speakers. If you would like to get even more involved and lend a hand, feel free to get in touch with our committee. We can tell you about the benefits of taking a leading role in helping other people professionals further their professional and career development and the advantages to your own learning and network.

We’d very much like to welcome you to the branch and onto the committee if you would like to share your skills and join us. Read more about branch volunteering below. 

Networking and learning

With workshops, round tables, panel discussions and expert speakers, our thought-provoking events cover everything our community needs. Network, learn and stay up to date. 


Keen to get involved, give back or raise your profile? Whatever your skills and interests, learn more about branch volunteering. 

Support for student members

Just starting out on your career? Want to meet experienced people professionals and keep up to date with all the topics you cover in your studies? We’re here for you as you study for your CIPD qualification.  

Want to get involved? Got an idea for an event? We want to hear from you!

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Three branches across Wales serve over 6,000 members. Together we deliver local branch events, professional networks, learning opportunities and special interest groups.

We collaborate with our branch volunteers to support our members and work with people professionals, employers, partners and government agencies across our area.
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