Welcome to our branch area

A very warm welcome to all our members.

The Wessex branch is part of the SW region and covers Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, and the Isle of Wight.  We are a large branch with over 5,500 members.

I have been a member of the CIPD for over thirty years.  Having volunteered in different roles over the years I am delighted to have taken on the role of branch chair in 2022. I strongly believe that as a profession we add great value to organisations and am proud to be part of our professional body.

Members often think of their membership as the events they attend and as a branch we strive to provide a range of high quality, topical and interesting events. However, that is only part of what is offered, and we are keen to engage with members across the different areas of activity.

We have a great branch committee, all giving their time and working to build engagement with local members.  This may be with our student members, through our Special Interest Groups, the mentoring programme, or promoting the benefits of membership.  We are also always open to new ideas as we want the branch to be of value to our members.  You can contact me directly on MarionHewitt@CIPDBranch.co.uk.

Our regular newsletter is our main method of communication with local members.  We also have an active LinkedIn group. Please take the time to read these so you learn about everything that is going on within the Wessex Branch and we very much hope to meet you soon.

Best wishes

Marion Hewitt, Chartered FCIPD
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.

Special interest groups

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Independent people professionals

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HR best practice

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Organisational design and change group

Upcoming events

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You can keep in touch with us by following us on LinkedIn or signing up to our newsletter.

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