Devon and Cornwall Branch

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Welcome from the Branch Administrator

Our Branch covers a wide geographical area, and travel between two points on a map that appear to be conveniently close is not always such a simple and quick journey. Because of this, we have divided up our region into five areas: one in Cornwall, three in Devon and one which straddles the Devon and Cornwall border around Plymouth. Each Area Group has either one or two Group Chairs and organises regular events and meetings, in and around its own geographical confines. 

If you are looking to upgrade your level of membership, we can comment on your application, before it's sent to CIPD. Our branch membership advisers can offer confidential mentoring. 

You should also receive regular branch event e-mail updates. 

We hold a number of one-day Branch Conferences every year, for which a charge is made. These are excellent value for money, are open to non-members if space permits - members receive a preferential rate. 

We are always looking for new committee members who are prepared to give up a few hours, help to organise an event or provide a venue for an Area Group meeting, etc. We encourage newcomers to shadow established organisers to introduce them to Branch activities without a culture-shock. 

We are a proactive and interactive Branch and we welcome any ideas you have for future events or meetings; you might even wish to volunteer to help run the Branch or give a talk to your Area Group. 

Sonja Westwood Award

The Sonja Westwood Award recognises the achievement of any Devon and Cornwall Branch member who has made a commitment to the profession. This can be in any branch of the profession from general or specialist HR to training, learning and development. 

Please contact me if you would like to take advantage of any of our services or if you have any queries about the Devon and Cornwall Branch (I might not know the answers but I usually know someone who does!). 

Jean Stoneman, Branch Administrator

Area Groups

The Devon and Cornwall Branch is divided into five Area groups:

Cornwall Group - Postcodes TR & PL 22-35

East Devon Group - Postcodes EX 1-17

North Devon Group - Postcodes EX 18-39

South Devon Group - Postcodes TQ

West Devon/SE Cornwall Group - Postcodes PL 1-21

Please contact us if you wish to attend a local event.


If you would like to contribute to future policy documents, please contact us, indicating any area(s) of interest. 

I recently attended my first meeting at CIPD HQ as Branch Policy Adviser. The objectives of the day were to receive an update on the work that the full time CIPD staff undertake on behalf of the branches, to learn more about what I am expected to do in the role and to network with Policy Advisers from Branches across the UK. So, what exactly does the CIPD do for us? There is, in fact quite a large list. For example, amongst other things:

  • CIPD is formally consulted by the government on much of the legislative agenda, together with a variety of national strategies such as e-learning. This consultation is then cascaded to the Policy Advisers who use their networks to seek views which they then feedback into the consultation process. Thus we can help to shape legislation and make it more accessible.
  • On the CIPD website you can access extensive research undertaken by CIPD into the value of good HR and training practice in organisations. 
  • You can also access CIPD Professional Communities, where you can network and when dealing with a specific query, seek advice from colleagues who might have experienced a similar issue.

Perhaps the most enlightening part of the day for me was in learning more about the role of the Policy Adviser. A mini job description was then produced for us to consider and update. Within my role I must: 

  • facilitate links between the branch and CIPD 
  • give a practitioner perspective on professional knowledge issues 
  • share information and disseminate CIPD research findings 
  • offer a sounding board to CIPD advisers on professional practice issues and government consultations. 

As with all job descriptions, this was accurate at a particular moment in time but it is constantly developing. In line with good HR practice there is also a person specification. All this on top of the day job! The CIPD regularly consults with members on matters of policy and members of this Branch can contribute towards government policy. Please contact us if you are interested in being involved in the cascading of information and consultation which is usually done electronically.


The Branch Committee Members are all volunteers who give up their time to organise a wide range of activities for CIPD Members throughout Devon and Cornwall.

We are always pleased to receive sponsorship from organisations in order to expand our range of activities for our local membership. Branch Sponsorship can take several forms: 

  • Offering a venue for a local meeting or Branch Conference.
  • Providing free refreshments.
  • Placing an advertisement in the Branch E-Newsletter.
What's in it for you?

Well, apart from a warm, rosy glow through supporting your local CIPD Branch, you also have the opportunity to promote your organisation/service/course, etc. It can also be an ideal opportunity for your employees, particularly non-CIPD Members, to find out about the benefits of being a CIPD Member and enhance their knowledge of HR topics. In many cases, it encourages people to seek further advice/knowledge which will help them in their working environments.

Policy on Branch Advertising/Mailings

The Branch e-newsletter is distributed four times per annum and can include advertisements which are of benefit to our readership, subject to content approval by the Editor. 

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, members' details are never disclosed to third parties. Address labels are obtained from CIPD for each mailing, so it is important that members report any changes in their details as soon as possible to CIPD Membership Administration to ensure continuity of information.


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