14 October, Cardiff, CIPD All Wales Conference – HR: Fit for the future?

cipd-event-cardiff“These are exciting times for HR and learning and development. The challenges organisations and their leaders face are people challenges. This is our time – but to seize the opportunities and unlock the potential of people, we need to invest more in building for the future, as individuals and collectively as a profession.”

Peter Cheese, CIPD Chief Executive

HR conference asks: is the profession fit for the future?
CIPD Wales Conference – 14 & 15 October 2016 – Cardiff City Hall
THE challenges facing personnel specialists, both now and in the future, will be the focus of the inaugural Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Wales Conference being held next week in Cardiff City Hall (14 and 15 October).
The two days of the conference, entitled HR: Fit for the Future? on October 14 and Fit for the Future: The Next Generation – The CIPD Wales Student Conference on October 15, each target audiences at different points in their HR and people development careers.
Designed to focus on many of the challenges faced by current and prospective HR professionals in the 21st century, the conference will hear from a range of sector specialists and guest speakers, including a joint session on overcoming barriers to diversity and inclusion with rugby union referee Nigel Owens and wheelchair tennis world number one, Gordon Reid – Paralympic gold medallist, and winner of the first Wimbledon wheelchair singles championship.
The Friday conference will be chaired by Peter Kennedy, HR Director of the Welsh Government, with a welcome message from First Minister Carwyn Jones and keynote address by CIPD chief executive, Peter Cheese.
Other speaking on the day will include Rachel Clacher, co-founder of Moneypenny; Emma Burns, partner at Hugh James solicitors; Ian Rothwell, director of RW Learning; mediation specialists Alison Love and Dionne Dury; Gill Mason of ACAS; and Andrew Clark from the Welsh Government. Cerys Furlong, director of the Learning and Work Institute Wales, will also be speaking.
The student-focused event on the Saturday will provide delegates with insight from experienced professionals. The talks will focus on everything from the changing world of work to ‘future-proofing yourself’, maximising your brand online, and forging a path into the HR industry.
Lesley Richards, head of CIPD Wales, said:
“It’s great to be able to give our current and future members in Wales a chance to consider the important and changing questions facing HR professionals in the 21st century.
“The conference programme has been designed to address some of the burning issues that face not just this profession, but the wider world of industry – not least, the continuing impact of the Brexit vote.
“HR specialists have to be able to understand how a variety of external and internal influences can impact on all aspects of working relationships. We are sure delegates will leave these events having a wider understanding of what is expected of the modern HR expert.”  
The conference is sponsored by Hugh James solicitors, the University of South Wales and independent recruitment consultancy HR Human Resourcing.
Dr Ben Calvert, Pro Vice Chancellor of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience at the University of South Wales (USW), said:
“We’re delighted to be supporting the inaugural CIPD Wales conference, and particularly pleased to see the future of the profession being put in focus at the student conference.
“We work closely with industry to provide students with relevant skills to help them secure jobs when they leave us, and events like these give everyone involved a chance to share experience and knowledge of their area of expertise.
“This is something we at USW pride ourselves on providing – it’s something that’s been part of the DNA of the institution for more than a century – and we look forward to learning more about the developments in the HR sector.”
Emma Burns, Head of Employment & HR Services at Hugh James, said:
“We’re delighted to be sponsoring the CIPD conferences for 2016. As a full service law firm, we understand that employment issues are critical to the success of any business. 
“Our employment team works closely with HR professionals and so we’re pleased to be able to play an instrumental role in their continuing professional development.”
Conference tickets can be booked at www.cipdwales.eventbrite.co.uk

Author: Editorial Team

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