Joanna Davies announced as new Branch Chair


HPMA Wales is delighted to announce the appointment of Joanna Davies as Branch Chair.

Jo began her career in HR career as a training manager in the retail sector and has worked in the NHS since 1984. In that time she has gained experience in both the England and Wales health economies with roles as diverse as Director of HR for the Welsh Ambulance Service; Director of the NHS Wales Centre for Equality and Human Rights; Joint Director of the Workforce Unit in the National Innovation and Leadership Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) and Assistant Director of Workforce for the NHS Wales HR division of the Welsh Government.

Jo moved into her current role as Director of Workforce and OD for Powys Teaching Local Health Board in January 2012.

Jo was warmly welcomed into her new role at the HPMA Wales Annual General Meeting, held on 13 September 2012. The AGM was attended by Committee members and link officers from several of the health boards and trusts within NHS Wales. The event provided the opportunity to allow our members to hear reports from the Committee on the achievements and work over the past year, to elect the Committee for the forthcoming year, and to make any changes to the constitution.

Jo will be supported by Debbie Morgan (Director of Workforce and OD, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board), in the role of Shadow Chair.

The Committee are thrilled that Debbie, who has successfully chaired HPMA Wales for the past two years, will continue to work closely with its members.

The Committee are proud to look back on a highly successful year, which has raised the profile of HPMA Wales. The introduction of the link officer roles has worked exceptionally well in the organisation through the promotion and attendance of events and has been a real benefit to the Committee.

Looking forward, HPMA Wales welcome the new Chair to provide leadership for the next two years. In terms of aspirations Jo would like to:

  • Develop an annual work plan with set timescales for events planning
  • A mechanism for giving more notice of planned events to increase attendance
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with directors of workforce & OD and with the Welsh Government
  • Develop marketing and sponsorship opportunities
  • Update the HPMA Wales web pages – more information, relevant information, accessible information, regular updates, events schedule, comments/thoughts from the Chair, who are we, how to contact us, creation of a forum... etc
  • Maintain our national UK profile with regular articles in Network.

The main challenge for the coming year is to ensure our events and the annual conference reflect the needs and requirements of our members, in line with the Welsh Government Workforce & OD Framework and symbiotic to the changes and challenges facing the Workforce & OD community in NHS Wales.

With so many positive developments, the Committee are committed to continuing to move from strength to strength in the upcoming months.

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