The Importance Of People Management At A Strategic Level

Join us at the incredible home of Brains Brewery in Cardiff for an evening discussing The Importance of People Management At A Strategic Level. Leading the discussion will be Orla Power, Talent Solutions Specialist at LHH Penna. An overview of what Orla will be discussing is as follows;-

“As the economic environment continues to change at a rapid pace there are a number of shifts that drive business transformation and therefore workforce transformation; Orla will share observations on what LHH Penna sees as latest talent development trends.

LHH Penna gathers constant feedback on leadership capability across sectors and organisations. With 72% of the HR community we surveyed seeing Leadership Accountability as a critical business issue in their organisation, Orla will focus on how to engage leaders in this key element of their role. This will be a chance for you to share your experiences and challenges in this area, as well as hearing about some of our research and thought leadership on the topic and some practical tools you can use back in your business.”

We are also delighted to be supported at our event by Visual Practitioner, Eleanor Beer who will be giving attendees a brief introduction of visual note taking before capturing the discussion for all to see.

We look forward to you seeing you there.

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Talent – Back To The Future Of Business

A big thank you to everyone who attended our event in Tata Steel which took place on 12th April.

This event, sponsored by Human Resourcing of whom we are very grateful, focused on talent management programmes, but with a detailed overview of the recently implemented Apprenticeship Levy.

We were extremely fortune to have Jeff Protheroe, Operations Director from National Training Federation Wales and Mark Stevenson, Head of Training and Technical Capability at Tata Steel UK.

The event started with some networking time and a tour of Tata Steel’s brand new and state of the art Apprentice Training Centre. Following this, attendees gathered in one of Tata’s conference rooms where Mark Hendy, Chair of the South Wales HR Forum opened proceedings.

Following an introduction from Mark, Jeff Protheroe took to the stage to talk about the importance of apprenticeship training in Wales, including information about how the apprenticeship levy works and how businesses could maximise their training through relevant funding.

Jeff explained how over 40,000 people were on an apprenticeship programme in Wales in the 2015/16 academic year and that apprenticeships are now becoming the default position for upskilling the workplace in Wales, and that a distinction is starting to form between what an ‘apprentice’ has been historically known as, and how that is not necessarily the same as someone who is on an ‘apprenticeship’ programme.

Jeff also explained how 27% of people who have joined apprenticeship programmes already have a degree.

Jeff explained how the government is committed to creating sustainable high-quality apprenticeship programmes before explaining further details around what the apprenticeship levy is, how it will work in Wales, and how businesses could utilise it.

Following this Jeff took questions from the floor, which included remarks around priority sectors, parental involvement, and viability of reaching government targets.

Mark Stevenson, then continued the theme with a case study of Tata Steel.

Mark explained how Tata, a business with a rich history of developing talent through a range of programmes including apprenticeship and graduate schemes, and that he himself started as a graduate with the company 16 years ago.

Mark explained how Tata is heavy industry, but it is diverse and has high skilled engineering requirements. Mark explained how Tata has very strong links with the local community and is heavily involved in promoting STEM schemes, including through the offering of work placements.

Mark explained how 70% of graduate development is on the job learning, and that the schemes are accredited by professional institutes such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Mark discussed how 289 apprentices were recruited in Wales in the last 5 years and that there were 700 applicants alone for the scheme in 2016/17 despite the challenges the company has faced as have been well publicised.

Mark also explained how the talent development schemes are very important to the company. The company will always need a new injection of new ideas and capability, and that with a 95% retention rate on craft apprentices, the schemes are crucial to continued business success.

Mark also opened the floor for questions where attendees were interested to know about how Tata forecasted the volume of apprentices needed, and how the company kept commitment to the various programmes over the years.

Mark Hendy closed proceedings by confirming further details of upcoming events and thanking attendees for their support of the South Wales HR Forum.

For further information, please review our Twitter timeline at @SWalesHRForum


Event – TALENT : Back To The Future Of Business

We are delighted to announce our first event of 2017…

TALENT : Back To The Future Of Business

An evening of discussions on the importance of talent pipelines to the future world of work. Tata’s Head of Technical Capability and Training Mark Stevenson will discuss Tata’s long standing tradition of recruiting and developing apprentices, graduates and trainees with Jeff Protheroe, Operations Manager at the National Training Federations Wales giving further details of the Apprenticeship Levy.

This event is sponsored by Human Resourcing (

With Guest Speakers;-

Mark Stevenson, Head of Technical Capability and Training UK, Tata Steel

Jeff Protheroe, Operations Manager, National Training Federation Wales

This event is taking Place on 12th April 2017 at 5.30pm at Tata Steel’s Training Centre, in Port Talbot.

This is a rare opportunity to see the inner workings of Tata’s brand new state of the art training facility at the historic Port Talbot Steelworks.

A buffet and beverages will be provided.

To book tickets please visit our eventbrite page here

EVENT : Brexit -How It Might Impact The Workplace In Wales!

I am delighted to confirm that following the success of our ‘Future of HR’ event earlier in the year, the next South Wales HR Forum event will take place on Thursday 24th November in Cardiff & The Vale College’s City Centre Campus where we will be discussing Brexit and how it might impact the workplace in Wales.

Our first confirmed speaker is Paul Matthews, Chief Executive of Monmouthshire County Council and we hope to announce our second speaker soon.

Victoria Hall, Head of Employment Law at New Law Solicitors and Board Member of the South Wales HR Forum, will also be providing an employment legal update.

This is a free event, kicking off at 6.00pm, but a buffet and refreshments will be provided from 5.30pm.

For tickets please visit our eventbrite page using the following link –

All tickets for our last event were taken within 72 hours so if you would like to attend, I’d encourage you to reserve your ticket asap to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Don’t forget you can follow SWHRF on Twitter using our Twitter Handle @SWalesHRForum.

Thanks / Diolch

Mark Hendy
Chair – South Wales HR Forum

South Wales HR Forum announce our Board Members

We are absolutely delighted to confirm that all Members of our Board have now been appointed and you will find details of those appointments on the ‘Board Members’ page of this website, or by clicking here.

Chair, Mark Hendy stated;-

“I am extremely happy and privileged to confirm the appointments of the South Wales HR Forum’s first ever group of Board Members, all of whom have had distinguished careers in the HR profession in South Wales and beyond.

The Board that we have been able to assemble, are all passionate about contributing towards the South Wales HR Forum’s objectives and will be indispensable in helping drive forward our agenda.

The diverse mix of skills and industry experience within the Board demonstrates our commitment to wanting to help influence the direction of the HR profession and support the businesses in which our members are employed.

We will now start to work on defining our agenda of events and activities for the remainder of the year and outlining our strategy for developing the Forum into being the strong voice we aim to be”.


South Wales HR Forum announce a link with Leadership And Management Wales

South Wales HR Forum are very pleased to be working with Leadership & Management Wales on some exciting projects in the future, the first of which will be a learning and development sub-group which will focus on sharing new ideas and best practice with a particular emphasis on leadership and management development.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this exciting group or would like some further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me either via message on LinkedIn or by emailing me at by Friday 10th June.

You can find out more about Leadership & Management Wales by visiting their website

Thanks / Diolch
Mark Hendy
Chair & Founder
@MarkSWHRF / @SWalesHRForum

The Future Of HR – Thank You!

W0w! What more can I say about our inaugural event but thank you to all who came and supported.

On a very warm and sunny mid-April evening, our inaugural event and the birth of the South Wales HR Forum took place at Miskin Manor, Pontyclun.

We had a fantastic turnout, our speakers were enthralling and our interactive, lively debate made ‘The Future Of HR’ an incredible way to state our intent moving forward.

I would like to thank Alison Love for sponsoring our event, without whom last night would not have been possible. I’d also like to thank Nick Davies and Dr Maggie Inman for giving their time and speaking so passionately and eloquently about this vital topic.

All of the presentations are now available to be viewed and downloaded from the ‘Publications’ section of this website.

Thanks from me and see you all at the next event, which will be announced very soon.



@MarkSWHRF / @SWalesHRForum


Topic Group Participants Wanted

A key element of this forum, is to assemble ‘Topic Groups’ or ‘Forum Sub-Groups’ either for a one-off discussion about a particular topic, or to meet regularly to discuss particular issues affecting a particular industry for example.

So to kick us off, i’m looking for participants for 2 separate groups.

One-Off Discussion : the ‘Brexit’.
I’m looking for participants to attend a one off discussion to broadly discuss the ‘Brexit’ and whether it would be a positive or cause for concern for the work that HR practitioners do. This is likely to be in the context of our employers or customers than as HR professionals personally. This group would meet in the evening, midweek, on one occasion.

Sub-Group : Health & Social Care Sub-Group
I’m looking for HR professionals from the Health & Social Care industry who would be interested in meeting monthly (during working hours) to discuss the challenges we face in this industry and to share knowledge and ideas.

if anyone is interested in joining either group, please drop me an email at confirming which group you are interested in joining, by close of play Sunday 20th March 2016

To others who find neither group of interest, don’t worry – there’ll be lots of other groups in the future.

Thanks / Diolch

Mark Hendy

Chair & Founder