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CIPD Wessex Branch

Friday, 6 March 2020 from 09:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

CIPD - Wessex Branch Annual Event

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Wessex Branch


Wessex Branch Annual Event


We are very pleased to be running a Wessex Branch Conference on 6 March 2020 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton from 9am to 5pm.

Our exciting speakers and events during the day will make this event a sell out! Read more below and make sure you book your place quickly.

PETER CHEESE – CIPD Chief Executive
We are delighted to have Peter Cheese, CIPD Chief Executive, joining us in the morning. Peter has led the CIPD since July 2012, and he writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills.

At our event he is keen to discuss the vision for the CIPD and what the future potentially looks like for the HR profession. This will include discussing the big contextual changes and drivers for business and how these are shaping the HR agenda. Within his talk he’ll also be exploring the critical people issues that are impacting social policy and business strategy, discussing the priorities for HR as a result, as well as the capabilities and mindset shifts we need to make.

We are thrilled to be welcoming Perry Timms, PTHR, to talk about Human Energy at Work: The Missing Link to Fulfilment AND Productivity - What is our energy source, utilisation and regeneration at work?

Perry has been in and around business change for over 25 years and the last 16 in HR, OD and Learning. In that time his reputation has been to be energetic and optimistic about doing the work he loves. He was even called Mr Fantastic by his tech colleagues in the early 2000s as he would say 'this is going to be fantastic' a lot. Unfortunately for many of us, it's more like Doctor Doom than the Fantastic Four. So, what can we do? There is hope. Always hope.

Perry's research and experiences have led him to The Energised Workplace. During Perry's keynote, you will learn more about where you are on the scale of energising organisations and what you might do to create a regenerative approach to your people's energy, Via a new model, range of theories and practices, that will help you not only create better experiences of work and optimise people's performance, but also design roles and workflow to build organisations where people truly flourish.

Our employment law and tribunal events always prove popular with CIPD members therefore the afternoon of our conference will be dedicated to a mock employment tribunal, courtesy of Blake Morgan.

Attending or preparing for a Tribunal Hearing can be an uncertain time for HR and witnesses alike. This event therefore aims to provide an insight into how the Tribunal system works and, hopefully, reassurance in how to manage a claim going forward without the stress of being involved for real!

The claim will involve allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. The format will be interactive and will be a great opportunity to observe how witness evidence in Employment Tribunal cases is prepared and presented and what factors an Employment Tribunal considers when making its decision. The session will include:

  • Documents available for you to read before the hearing starts;
  • Seeing how an Employment Tribunal hearing is conducted, including cross-examination of the witnesses, presentation of legal arguments and the Employment Tribunal's judgment; and
  • Exploring and discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each party's case.

More specific timings for the day will be provided slightly closer to the date. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, as well as a hot and cold buffet at lunchtime.

Take a look below at more information about our speakers and make sure to book your place FAST!

Our Speakers:

Peter Cheese – CIPD Chief Executive
Peter is the CIPD’s chief executive. He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills.


Peter is a Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of AHRI (the Australian HR Institute) and the Academy of Social Sciences. He’s also a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and the British Academy of Management. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Bath Management School. He holds honorary doctorates from Bath University, Kingston University and Birmingham City University.


Prior to joining the CIPD in July 2012, he was Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Council of City&Guilds. Up until 2009 he had a long career at Accenture holding various leadership positions and culminating in a seven year spell as Global Managing Director, leading the firm’s human capital and organisation consulting practice.

Perry Timms - PTHR
Information above. Please do take a look at Perry’s website for a more in depth look at his bio and company. 


Blake Morgan
Vicky Schollar - Associate
Holly Cudbill - Associate
Tim Forer – Barrister 


Blake Morgan is a UK law firm providing a breadth of legal services across the private and public sectors with a strong regional presence across southern England and Wales. The firm has six offices: Cardiff, London, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton. With a long heritage and committed client base, the firm’s partners and teams provide a depth of expertise in their key sectors. The firm has ambitious plans for growth to deliver more developed and broader services to its clients both in the south of England and Wales and more widely across the UK. The firm aims to deliver exemplary service to its clients and to make a difference through teamwork, integrity and innovation.

Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.


Is there parking at the venue?
Yes, visitor car park on site.

What refreshments will be on offer?
Refreshments will be provided, along with a hot and cold lunch buffet.

What is the refund policy for paid tickets?

Non-refundable - owing to the high demand this event will create and the monies we need to give to the venue for lunch, etc.   


How do you use the personal information I provide when registering?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is a data controller, registered with the Information Commissions Office as required under GDPR.  The CIPD is committed to protecting your privacy and will not share your personal information with third parties without your permission.  However, when entering in an event that is advertised on the Eventbrite website you will be consenting to your information being passed to the Event Organiser for them to use for the purposes of organising and running the event.  CIPD may also wish to process your personal information in connection with a variety of activities which may include the marketing and promotion of our services and the administration of files and records.  CIPD will only process your data in accordance with current data protection legislation.  The Event Organiser undertakes not to share that information with third parties.


We all know that colleagues are an organisations most valuable asset, yet so many of us still struggle to retain them. What impact do your recruitment and induction processes have on colleague retention? Do you actually have the right colleagues in the role in the first place and are you setting them up for success during their first few months in the organisation?


This event aims to share with you the journey we went on to answers these questions. The session will take you through how we transformed our candidate experience and created an award winning on-boarding programme - all aimed at improving our colleague retention.

Do you have questions about CIPD - Wessex Branch Annual Event? Contact CIPD Wessex Branch

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The Ageas Bowl
Botley Road
West End
SO30 3XH Southampton
United Kingdom

Friday, 6 March 2020 from 09:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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CIPD Wessex Branch

Amongst the core aims of the Wessex Branch is to fully engage with our nearly 5,000 Wessex CIPD members and local organisations in order to promote best practice in HR and training.


We look to offer support and development opportunities to all members at every level, give assistance with CPD and help upgrading, and through our Group network support local educational establishments and students across the Branch as a whole.

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