Charles Handy awarded CIPD Ireland Gold Medal


Event report

To celebrate 75 years in Ireland, CIPD presented Professor Charles Handy with the prestigious CIPD Ireland Charles E. Jacob Gold Medal at An Evening with Charles Handy in the Mansion House on Thursday 28 June 2012.

About the event

On Thursday 28 June 2012, Professor Charles Handy took to the stage in Dublin for the first time in many years at a special event organised by Relationships Ireland and supported by CIPD.

Talking to the theme of The changing shape of work and home, this unique evening offered a rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s most influential thinkers discuss his life’s work and share his thinking on today’s most challenging questions for business and society in Ireland and the wider world.

During the evening, CIPD Ireland Managing Director, Michael McDonnell, presented Professor Handy with the CIPD Ireland Charles E. Jacob Gold Medal. Read Michael's speech here.

All attending the event received a complimentary copy of Professor Handy’s latest book and autobiography Myself and other more important matters.

See photos of the event on flickr

About the medal

Charles E. Jacob - of Jacobs’ Biscuit fame - was an Irish humanitarian and business personality, who in June 1913 in York, England, was a founding member of the institute that is now the CIPD.

There are few people more worthy of the Charles E. Jacob Gold Medal than Charles Handy. Professor Handy is one of the most influential management thinkers of his generation, being rated second only to Peter Drucker on the Thinkers 50 list of most influential global thought leaders.

Charles Handy has dedicated a considerable part of his professional life to demonstrating how organisations can be transformed into communities that go beyond the mere pursuit of profit. An idea very much of our time as people struggle to find new direction and meaning in their lives.