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 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brexit-how-it-might-impact-the-workplace-in-wales-tickets-28536729125

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 mark.hendy@southwaleshrforum.co.uk by Friday 10th June.

You can find out more about Leadership & Management Wales by visiting their website www.lmw.org.uk.

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 mark.hendy@southwaleshrforum.co.uk 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



Inaugural Event – The Future of HR – All Tickets Taken – Reserve List Information

The demand for tickets for our inaugural event, The Future Of HR, has been phenomenal with all tickets being “sold out” in 3 days!

I have started a reserve list and am prioritising names in the order of which people contact me, so if you wish to be added to the reserve list please email me at mark.hendy@southwaleshrforum.co.uk and I will add your details accordingly. Should a ticket become available I will then contact you to confirm your ticket.

If anyone has ordered a ticket and unfortunately becomes unavailable to attend, can you please either contact me on the same email address above, or cancel your ticket on eventbrite so that someone else who wants a ticket can attend.

Thanks everyone for your interest and support.

Mark Hendy

Chair & Founder SWHRF


Our Inaugural Event – The Future Of HR

I am very pleased to announce the South Wales HR Forum Inaugural Event which will take place on the evening of Wednesday 20th April 2016 at Miskin Manor, Pontyclun, sponsored by Alison Love Ltd.

As this is our very first event, we are starting with the grand theme of ‘The Future of HR’.

Our speakers are Nick Davies, HR Business Partner at Tata Steel and Dr Maggie Inman, Head of Swansea Business School at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Both speakers are very experienced in the world of HR and will be sharing their thoughts and views on the direction of our profession. To promote the ‘forum ethos’ of our events, both speakers will also be forming a panel and taking questions from the audience.

I’m also pleased to confirm that Paul Shuttleworth from JCP Solicitors will be providing a legal update for all attendees at this event also.

This is a free event. In order to get your ticket, please click on the following link and reserve your place via the Eventbrite website. Numbers are limited and demand is high so please reserve your ticket right away.


This event will start at 6.00pm to conclude around 8pm, and some snacks and refreshments will be available from 5.30pm.

Miskin Manor is a beautiful grade 2 listed building, just off junction 34 of the M4 and there is plenty of parking available.

For directions or information regarding the venue please visit the website at www.miskin-manor.co.uk

I hope to see as many of you there as we can accommodate!

If you haven’t yet registered your information which we plan to use to help us identify appropriate participants in our future sub-groups and events then please do so by following this link

Lastly, the South Wales HR Forum is on Twitter, so please follow us @SWalesHRForum

Thanks for your support and help in creating our alternative HR voice in South Wales, at this very exciting time.

Founder & Chair – South Wales HR ForumTheFutureofHR_MM

Welcome to the South Wales HR Forum

Welcome to the online home of the South Wales HR Forum, a voice of the South Wales HR Community. Formed in late 2015 by Mark Hendy, a HR professional from within the region with the aim of creating an independent and inclusive community with a ‘forum’ ethos.

The purpose of the forum is to hold several events throughout the year across South Wales in a ‘touring’ fashion to reach those from as far east as Newport and as far west as Pembrokeshire. These events will include;-

▪ Quarterly seminars featuring employment law updates from leading lawyers, combined with guest speakers who will typically be experienced HR practitioners presenting on specific questions as voted for and agreed by the forum members in advance.

▪ An annual conference with specialist speakers

▪ An annual dinner and awards ceremony, celebrating the achievements of talented HR professionals from the South Wales HR community

▪ Sub-committee meetings focussing on specific strands of HR and L&D, allowing members of the forum to share knowledge and produce ‘white papers’ to share these thoughts to the broader HR community across the UK.

The forum has an interactive presence on LinkedIn and so we recommend anyone wishing to join our community, visits the LinkedIn group page to get involved.

All events will be publicised here along with all Forum press and articles.

We hope you like our community and we look forward to seeing you at a Forum event soon.


Chair & Founder, South Wales HR Forum