Peter Cheese, Chief Executive
Peter Cheese joined the CIPD as Chief Executive in July 2012. He spent 30 years working at Accenture, culminating in a 7 year spell as Global Managing Director leading the firm’s Talent and Organisation Performance Consulting Practice. He also held various executive sponsorship positions for Accenture’s firm-wide skills and capability development programs, and the firm’s global Human Capital and Talent Strategy.
After leaving Accenture in 2009, Peter held a portfolio of consulting and non-executive roles. During this time he was also appointed Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management, a post he stepped down from on his appointment to the CIPD, whilst remaining as a Board member.
Peter sits on the Council of City & Guilds, and he is a European Board Director with Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe, an organisation focused on the development of entrepreneurial, financial and employability skills in young people through business engagement in schools and universities. He is also an Executive Fellow at the London Business School, associated with the faculties of Strategic Management and Organisational Behaviour.
Susannah Clements, Deputy Chief Executive
Susannah joined the CIPD as Deputy Chief Executive in September 2013. She brings 29 years’ experience in HR, change management and consulting, including time at ITV, Whitbread, Anglian Water, Care UK and PwC. She holds an MBA from the London Business School and a degree from Cambridge University. She joined the CIPD from Carillion, where she was Group HR Director.
Karen McMillan, Market Development Director UK
Karen joined the CIPD in September 2011 as Client Development Director to develop the CIPD’s business-to-business proposition and enable a strong client-centric approach to supporting organisatons both in the UK and Internationally.
Experienced in Sales Management and Consultancy Karen has worked extensively in the commercial FMCG arena both independently, and for blue chip organisations such as Mars Confectionery and PepsiCo International, and high end retailer Selfridges.
Lisa Sarjeant, HR Director
Lisa is the HR Director at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She is a member of the senior management team contributing to the strategic direction and operational effectiveness of all the Institute’s activities. In particular, her role is to develop and lead the CIPD’s People Strategy to advance and achieve CIPD’s business goals. Lisa also directs the buildings facilities and she leads the direction of CIPD’s local branch networks throughout the UK and Ireland.
Lisa has over 20 years' experience in HR with her career spanning the public, private and third sector. She is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and gained the post-graduate diploma in people management and development in 1993 and she has undertaken a wealth of continuous professional development at highly regarded business schools as well as designing, running and taking part in tailored activities such as a leadership development programme in her current role.
Ian Saville, Chief Finance and Information Officer
Ian was appointed as CIPD Finance Director in 2005. He joined from Penna plc, a global human capital management consultancy where he was Finance and Commercial Director over a nine year period, gaining extensive experience of acquiring and developing businesses in the HR services sector. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
In 2006 Ian successfully led a strategic review of the CIPD Commercial business and subsequently took on the Commercial Director role in 2007. The Commercial business encompasses CIPD Training, Conferences and Exhibitions, Publishing and other commercial ventures with revenue in excess of £17m.
He became Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and now is also accountable for central operations and for the development of CIPD sales capability in addition to Finance and Commercial operations.
Sue Upton, Membership and Professional Development Director
As Membership and Professional Development Director, Sue is responsible for the development and delivery of the Institute's membership, qualifications, assessment and endorsement products and services.
She joined the CIPD in February 2000 and has held roles in Communications, Marketing and Membership as well as a seven-month period acting as Interim Managing Director. Sue is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and is a Chartered Marketer.
Gill White, Capability and Career Development Director
Gill joined CIPD in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training, and was appointed in May 2013 to head up the newly formed Directorate of Capability and Career Development. Gill’s responsibility is to drive the design and delivery of development solutions that support the profession from start of career to end; so that includes career advice and management, training solutions, Conferences, Exhibitions and Events and a CPD offer.
Prior to working for the CIPD Gill has held a variety of Head of L&D roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP and Operational roles; such as MD of the consultancy IDology; Op’s manager for Whitbread, Greenalls and Vodafone.
Gill holds the prestigious Chartered Director status, one of only 1000 in the UK; Awarded by the Institute of Directors.
Marianne Wyles, Institute Secretary
Marianne joined the CIPD as Institute Secretary in March 2009. She is responsible for managing its governance activity and for ensuring that all constitutional, legal and charitable obligations are met. This involves keeping the Board and Committee structure under review as well as liaison with the Privy Council and Charities Commission on the Charter and Bye-laws. She also reports to the Board on corporate governance issues and manages the operation of the Code of Conduct.
Marianne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.