Welcome to our branch area

A very warm welcome to all our members.

We're an active branch covering the South of England. Wessex branch is part of the SW Region that includes four other branches: Devon and Cornwall, Swindon and North Wiltshire, West of England and Gloucestershire.

The Wessex branch is made up of a branch committee covering four active geographical areas, including Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Poole, and Andover and Salisbury. The Branch covers four counties, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset and Wiltshire.

I am delighted to have been reappointed as branch chair of the Wessex CIPD branch from November 2020.

The aims of our branch are to:

  • Support the delivery of the wider CIPD strategy.
  • Raise the profile of our profession.
  • Engage our members and volunteers.
  • Create unity and consistency of activities across the branch.
  • Communicate in a way that is engaging and wide-reaching.

Myself and my team of volunteers, really look forward to meeting you at one of our many branch events.

Sue Heyes, Chartered MCIPD
Branch Chair

Learn about our branch

The Wessex branch has over 5,000 members and we have positive growth of our membership year on year; our membership increased by 3% in 2020. The branch is supported by over 30 volunteers across the four counties.

The Wessex branch teams look forward to meeting you at our events, details and joining information is communicated via our monthly branch update. Please ensure we have your correct email details in order for you to receive these updates. You can update your contact details here on the CIPD website in ‘My Profile’.

In November 2020 we had our first meeting of a special interest group for independent practitioners across the branch. We will be setting up events aimed specifically to support this group.

Get involved

We're always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our branch committee and get involved. We welcome CIPD members from all levels to help us organise speakers and events for our members, develop relationships with fellow HR and L&D professionals, and help us promote HR as a compelling profession.

To find out more about volunteering please get in contact.

Regional groups

Online communities


Online communities


Online communities

Bournemouth, Poole and District

Online communities

Andover and Salisbury

Special interest group

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Independent people professionals

Our independent people professionals are a group of like-minded individuals who work as independent professionals within HR. Wessex branch have brought together volunteers to help us:

  • To build a network of people professionals who work independently.
  • To provide a supportive space to share experience and ideas; and collaborate to enable individual and business development.
  • To be a forum for developing skills and knowledge specific to business growth and success.

Events will be listed on our branch Eventbrite page, so please take a look.

Upcoming events

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