On behalf of all our Committee members I wish you a very warm welcome to the Wessex Branch website. Amongst our core aims is to engage fully with our nearly 5,000 members and local organisations in order to promote best practice in HR and training.

We want to actively engage our members in our branch activities, aiming to make your experience both enjoyable and informative by attending events, contributing to newsletters and by following us on social media.

We can offer you support and development opportunities at every level through our CPD events, advice on chartered membership upgrading, and through our local network of educational establishments.  Guidance is available to all levels of membership from Student members wanting to progress to those seeking Fellow membership.

Your comments and feedback are very welcome regarding any matters covering events or anything concerned with your branch. Please feel free to contact us via our Branch Administrator or by leaving a comment on our LinkedIn social media groups via the links in the sections below.

In addition, please do consider volunteering for a role on any of our four Group Committees, you would be guaranteed to have a warm welcome and the opportunity of shaping your local CIPD at the grass roots! Contact our Branch Administrator to find out how you can help and what is involved.

As always, thank you for all your support by attending our events and on your behalf I would like to thank all committee members for their continued hard work and for providing their invaluable expertise in order that we can deliver a vibrant and professional service to our membership.

We very much look forward to seeing you soon.

Sue Heyes, Chartered MCIPD
Wessex Branch Chair

The Wessex Branch covers Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, and parts of Wiltshire. This area is serviced by four groups, each of which offers a programme of events designed to meet the varied needs of our members. The groups are:

  • Andover and Salisbury
  • Bournemouth, Poole and District
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton

We are reasonably large group, but the membership covers a considerable geographical area. In order to ensure members from all areas have an opportunity to attend events we try to program delivery in several locations; thus to ensure access to those members with limited travel capability.

The committee is small but has a wealth of experience contained within.  Students and members where possible are helped through networking at events and through LinkeIn and are always happy to help with the problem solving of issues, the profession regularly encounters.  The events delivered cover where possible popular topics, where training is interactive and provided within a safe learning environment.

We look forward to welcoming all who attend the planned events.  We very much hope the Continuing Professional Development opportunities offered by our group will enhance and add value to the skills portfolios for members. 

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Julie Sangster, Chartered MCIPD
Andover and Salisbury Group Chair

Welcome to our group and we look forward to meeting you, when you are able to join us at an event.

Our events provide an opportunity to meet other HR professionals locally, and to continue to build your skills and knowledge, including new ideas and best practice over a wide range of topics and specialisms. Attendees are both experienced and those new to HR, including students studying for different level qualifications. We are always open to ideas for events so please let us know what would be of value for you. 

Please contact us directly to introduce yourself and give our group an opportunity to welcome you personally. We have been working on increasing local engagement via the social media platforms so please find us there, or if you have specific questions please contact us via email: wessex@cipdbranch.co.uk.

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I look forward to meeting you at an event soon.


Marion Hewitt Chartered FCIPD
Bournemouth, Poole and District Group Chair

May I extend a very warm welcome to all of you on behalf of all Portsmouth CIPD Committee.

In the Portsmouth region we have over 1400 CIPD members, ranging from student up to Chartered Fellow.

We are very fortunate to have a very active committee who are keen to welcome new and existing colleagues to our events. Rest assured that a friendly face will be on hand to greet you, so if you have not been to an event before, please let us know and we will take special care of you.

There have been so many outstanding events which your committee have organised this year and my thanks go to them for their hard work. The good news is that we still have some excellent events to come!

Please do take a look at the events on Eventbrite and book your place. You can also see general updates on our Portsmouth CIPD LinkedIn and Facebook groups. 

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Jane Barry, Chartered FCIPD 
Portsmouth Group Chair

Welcome to the CIPD Southampton Group.

With over 1400 members in the group, we are dedicated to supporting your professional development by offering opportunities to participate in events and share ideas, insights and good practice in an informal setting. We are very fortunate to have an enthusiastic committee who have been working hard to bring you a wide variety of topics and excellent speakers.

The details of all our events are on Eventbrite together with those from other groups within the Wessex Branch that may also be of interest. 

We really appreciate your support at our FREE events to keep the group alive. Due to the cost of hosting these events, your commitment in attending once booked would be greatly appreciated, otherwise we may have no option but to look at charging for these events in the future. If you are no longer able to attend, please be sure to notify us by cancelling your place through Eventbrite.

Follow our LinkedIn page to keep up to date with our upcoming events and discussions.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events and thank you for your continued support.

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Emily Bradbury, Chartered MCIPD
Southampton Group Chair

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