NEW EVENT : Behind The Scenes Of Personal Achievement – Teamwork, Determination & Courage

We are delighted to announce details of our next, and final event of 2017, ‘Behind The Scenes Of Personal Achievement – Teamwork, Determination & Courage’ sponsored by Call Of The Wild.

Join us for an exciting talk by Jeff Smith, a former ice hockey player and, at age 53 recently climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. Jeff had two hip replacements in the months leading up to his successful expedition and has been travelling the country inspiring people with his story, including many visits to schools – helping children to have a dream.

Jeff is also the founder of bigmoose, a not for profit which has the aim of leaving the world a better place than we have found it, with a target of being a conduit to raise a million pounds (or more!) by 2020 for various charities.

We are very grateful to Call Of The Wild for kindly sponsoring this event. Call Of The Wild deliver award-winning research based  personal, team and management development programmes to a range of public and private sector companies across the UK. Their expertise lies in creating a space and place where individuals can experience deep and lasting learning which is transferable into the workplace.

December Event

Evidence-Based Management : Dropping The Fads And Making Better Decisions


On Wednesday 4th October 2017 at the USW Conference Centre, South Wales HR Forum in collaboration with CIPD Wales were very pleased to present a talk on evidence-based management, delivered by Professor Rob Briner and David D’Souza.

Professor Rob Briner, who is Professor of Organisational Psychology at Queen Mary University, London and in 2016 was voted HR’s Most Influential Thinker by HR Magazine and David D’Souza, well-respected speaker and Head of Engagement and Branches at CIPD, thoroughly entertained the attendees on the basics of evidence-based HR and how it can be applied to the HR Profession.

We would like to express our gratitude to USW Exchange who sponsored and supported this event.

The presentation delivered at the event can be found on our ‘Publications’ Page along with the presentations delivered at our previous events.

Thank you to everyone who came along and we’ll see you in December for our fourth and final event of 2017.

Evidence Event – SOLD OUT

Following incredible demand for our next event ‘Evidence-Based Management : Dropping The Fads And Making Better Decisions’ Sponsored by University of South Wales  we can confirm that all tickets have now been sold.

As such we have started a reserve-list in case any tickets become available.

If you would like to be placed on to our reserve list, please contact Mark Hendy on

We’d like to express our massive thanks to the University of South Wales and the University of South Wales Exchange for supporting us and sponsoring this event. Without USW, this event would not be possible.

New Event : Evidence-Based Management – dropping The Fads And Making Better Decisions, Sponsored by University of South Wales

Evidence Event

On the back of our 2 hugely successful events this year, we are very pleased to announce our third event of 2017.

In an era of management fads, contradictory success stories, and fake news, good decision-making is more important than it has ever been. So on October 4th at 5.30pm, Professor Rob Briner and David D’Souza will deliver a practical guide explaining what evidence-based management is, and how it is being used to help the HR community.

‘Evidence Based Management – Dropping The Fads And Making Better Decisions’ is sponsored by University of South Wales who are also hosting this event, with this being staged at the Conference Centre at USW’s Treforest Campus.

Professor Rob Briner, is Professor of Organisational Psychology at Queen Mary University, London and in 2016 was voted HR’s Most Influential Thinker by HR Magazine. Rob is also Scientific Director for the Centre for Evidence-Based Management and a prolific speaker on the subject of Evidence-Based Management/HR.

David D’Souza is Head of Engagement at CIPD and is a renowned and respected speaker on the subject of HR, progressive business practice as well as the future world of work.

This is a FREE EVENT for CIPD members (with a minimal cost for non-members) with tickets available from the following link. We are expecting high demand for this event and many places have already been reserved, so please be quick.

We are pleased to promote this event as part of our collaboration with CIPD Wales.

Strategic Leadership – The Importance of Strategic People Management.

June 2017 Collage

Lovely to see so many people at the SWHR Forum on 21 June, on a very hot evening.  Sorry the bar was not open!

For those who couldn’t attend or would like a quick recap, some of the key points are set out below.  The event was sponsored by LHH Penna of whom we are extremely grateful, and was also fantastically graphically facilitated by Eleanor Beer, simply remarkable to watch her in action. Additionally the event took place at the iconic Brains brewery in Cardiff, who we would like to thank for their hospitality.

I don’t think there is any doubt that the environment is changing at a pace most of us are struggling to keep up with.   Global growth, demographic and culture shifts and technology being classic examples.

At the SWHR Forum on 21 June, LHH Penna, a world leading talent development and transition company, reported its initial finding that 72% of the HR and business leader community it surveyed saw Leadership Accountability as a critical business issue in their organisation.

Our speaker for the evening, Orla Power, Talent and Leadership Development Expert from LHH Penna explained that this was identified as a global problem.  The high performing companies surveyed reported higher levels of leadership accountability, invested more time in communicating clear expectations and reported having a higher level of accountable leaders through better leadership culture, behaviour and organisational practices.

Three key attributes of accountable leaders were:

·         Developing their own skills.

·         Building the leadership capabilities of their teams.

·         Acting in the best interests of the organisation as a whole.

Along with customer focus, high personal maturity and others, accountable leaders were found to be ones who make leadership a strategic priority, define and articulate clear expectations and address mediocracy.

There is no doubt that looking at shortfalls in leadership is critical for the business environment as the world becomes more uncertain.  How your organisation chooses to do this may vary from business to business but taking some action is better than doing nothing and maybe you will want to carry out your own accountably audit to at least identify what your people are thinking.

If anyone would like more information about the research, please contact Paul Harris at LHH Penna (Paul is on LinkedIn, or alternatively email us at and we can pass on Paul’s details) or if you would like a photo of the graphic by Eleanor, please let us know and we will get it to you but there is plenty on twitter under the hashtag #strategicleadership

We would like to express our thanks to our sponsors LHH Penna, our speaker Orla Power, our graphic facilitator and speaker Eleanor Beer and to S A Brains for providing us with the venue.

Thank you for the huge support once again, and we look forward to seeing you at our next event, to be announced soon!

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.

june event

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”.