Directory of experts

Below you will find a list of research and policy advisers who are available for media interviews. Certain members of our executive team are also available for interview on certain topics, please click here to view their biographies. To request a photograph or interview with any of our spokespeople, please email or call the press office team on 020 8612 6400. To help us match you with the most relevant spokesperson in a timely manner, please provide as much background info as you can about the publication and audience you are writing for, the angle of the article you are writing/researching and any deadlines you are working towards.

Mark Beatson - Chief Economist 

Mark Beatson

Mark is Chief Economist at the CIPD. His role includes leading the CIPD’s respected labour market analysis and commentary, while also strengthening the CIPD’s ability to lead thinking and influence policy making across the whole spectrum of people management and workplace issues.

Prior to joining CIPD, Mark was an economic consultant and for over 20 years worked as an economist in the Civil Service, latterly at Chief Economist/Director level, in a range of Government departments including the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and HM Treasury. 

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Jessica Cooper – Research Adviser, Resourcing 

Jessica Cooper

Jessica joined the CIPD in September 2014 as a Research Adviser for HR transformation.  She is responsible for research in the area of HR operating models, which will include looking at HR technology, the structure of the function, key roles in HR, governance within the function and performance measurement.  Jessica also manages the Employee Outlook survey and the Resourcing and Talent Planning survey.

Prior to joining the CIPD Jessica worked in the HR team at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and on HR Transformation programmes at BP and as a Consultant at Deloitte.  Jessica holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Bath in Sociology and Industrial Relations and is studying a PhD at Cranfield in Management. 

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Charles Cotton – Research and Policy Adviser, Reward 

Charles Cotton

Charles is the CIPD’s performance and reward adviser. He directs the Institute’s performance and reward research agenda. He has recently led research into: how employers can help improve their employees’ understanding of their personal finances; how front line managers make and communicate reward decisions to their employees; how employers manage the risks around reward; how private sector employers can build the business case for workplace pensions; how employees form their attitudes to pay; and how the annual pay review process can become more strategic. He is also responsible for the CIPD’s public policy reward work and has given evidence to select committees on banking pay, redundancy awards as well as responding to various consultations, such as on pensions, retirement and MPs’ expenses.

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Gerwyn Davies - Labour Market Adviser 

Gerwyn Davies

Gerwyn is the CIPD’s Public Policy Adviser for labour market issues. With lead responsibility for welfare reform, migration and zero-hour contracts at the CIPD, Gerwyn has led and shaped the policy debate and achieved substantial national media coverage through various publications.  These include Zero-hours contracts: myth and reality and The growth of EU labour: assessing the impact on the UK labour market.  In addition Gerwyn authors the institute’s high profile and influential quarterly Labour Market Outlook report.  Gerwyn is an experienced labour market commentator, making regular appearances in the national media and on other public platforms and was called to appear before the House of Commons Work and Pensions select committee.

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Mike Emmott – Public Policy Adviser, Employee Relations  

Mike Emmott

Mike Emmott has been a CIPD Adviser on employee relations since 1996, following many years working in central government. Central to his work is his interest in the way in which industrial and economic changes are affecting employee attitudes and working practices. He has undertaken research into the psychological contract, the changing HR function and employee engagement. More recently his work has focused on employee voice, conflict management and whistleblowing. 

Mike has a Master’s degree in employment law and has been responsible as part of the CIPD public policy team for providing advice to the Department for Industry, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on topics such as employment status, agency working, flexible working, parental leave and holiday pay. He has also produced an employer guide to pre-employment checks (2013). Mike is a regular media commentator on employee relations issues.

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Jonny Gifford - Research Adviser 

Jonny Gifford

Jonny is a Research Adviser at the CIPD, specialising in employee relations and engagement, but also with fingers in other pies, including CSR, diversity, leadership and organisational development. He joined CIPD in 2012, with a varied career in researching employment and people management issues. Prior to joining he was Principal Researcher at Roffey Park Institute and before that, Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). Jonny has an MA in Social Research and Comparative Labour Studies from Warwick University and a BA in Social Anthropology from Sussex University.

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Laura Harrison – Director of People and Strategy 

Laura Harrison

Laura is the CIPD’s Strategy Director and has worked at the CIPD since February 2011. Her earlier career was spent at Aviva and in various consulting roles with Ernst & Young and PwC. 

Laura has particular interest in the future of work and HR, organisation development and change. She holds a first degree in Chemistry and postgraduate qualifications in Law and Tax.

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Edward Houghton - Research Adviser, Human Capital and Metrics 

Edward Houghton

Edward is the CIPD's Research Adviser for Human Capital Metrics and Standards. He is responsible for leading the organisation's human capital research work stream exploring various aspects of human capital management, theory and practice; including the measurement and evaluation of the skills and knowledge of the workforce. He has a particular interest in the role of human capital in driving economic productivity, innovation and corporate social responsibility.

Before joining the CIPD in 2013 Edward completed a number of research roles in government and higher education. Most recently he was a Knowledge Transfer Associate at the University of Bristol leading an innovative knowledge exchange programme between the university and Barclays bank. Over 3 years he managed research investigating business culture, corporate social responsibility and community investment. In this role he specialised in qualitative and quantitative social research techniques and strategic project design, developing metrics for the organisation's flagship community investment programme in the UK. Prior to this Edward held a number of research analyst roles in regional and local government as well as the private sector, including at the East Midlands Development Agency, Leicester City Council and the Transport Research Laboratory.

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Andy Lancaster – Head of Learning & Development 

Andy LancasterAndy has more than 25 years’ experience in learning and organisational development in commercial, technological and not-for-profit organisations and has also worked as a consultant. 

As Head of Learning & Development at the CIPD, Andy runs the Institute’s training arm which delivers learning to over 6,000 delegates each year through public and in house courses and over 20 qualification programmes. He also plays a key role in supporting the direction and delivery of the CIPD’s wider new vision for L&D. 

Andy has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design, is a Fellow of the CIPD (FCIPD), the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and the Learning and Performance Institute (FLPI).

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Dr Jill Miller – Research Adviser 

Jill Miller

Jill joined the CIPD in 2008 and her research covers a range of people management issues, having led on the CIPD’s 3-year research programme, Shaping the Future, examining the drivers of sustainable organisation performance. 

Jill is responsible for the CIPD’s HR Outlook survey which provides insight and thought leadership about HR at a strategic level. It compares the views of HR and non-HR leaders about how HR drives long term business performance (both now and in future) to provoke discussion and debate within the HR profession and drive leading-edge practice. 

Jill’s other current research focuses on how HR can help drive long-term performance in SMEs. Drawing on her career in smaller organisations, her case study work has highlighted some of the key people management challenges and opportunities faced at different stages of SME growth. Building on a strong research foundation, she is committed to developing practical guides and tools for those responsible for delivering excellent people management in SMEs.

Jill is also responsible for the CIPD’s annual Absence Management survey and strongly believes in the importance of promoting well-being, in particular resilience and good mental health.

Jill is a psychology graduate with a postgraduate masters and PhD in Management. Previously, Jill lectured at Reading University on International Human Resource Management. 

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Annie Peate – Campaigns and Policy Officer 

Annie PeateAnnie works in the CIPD’s Campaigns team where she specialises in youth employment issues. Her research and public policy interests include young people’s pathways into work (including Apprenticeships, Traineeships, work experience placements and internships), employer engagement with young people, careers, advice and guidance for this age group, and employee volunteering focussed on youth. Annie has experience producing best practice guidance for employers, HR professionals and line managers on recruiting, managing and developing young talent. 

Prior to joining the CIPD in 2012, Annie worked in various programme and policy roles for research organisations and charities, including Westminster-based think tank The Work Foundation, where she worked in the socioeconomics team looking at youth unemployment and NEETs. She has also spent time with the UK’s leading campaign for women’s equality and rights, The Fawcett Society, where she supported the delivery of a project examining women’s changing participation in the labour market in the UK. 

Annie holds an undergraduate degree in International Politics and a Masters in Social and Political Thought from Sussex University.

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Vanessa Robinson - Head of Research Delivery 

Vanessa Robinson

Vanessa has oversight responsibility for the research and dissemination undertaken by the CIPD’s HR Practice Development team. She has particular research interests in the future of the HR function (including Next Generation HR), management of change and leadership development. She has also led our research on the impacts of technology on effective people management, for example the way new social media technologies can contribute to higher organisational performance. 

Vanessa holds a first degree in psychology and a master’s degree in human resource management and is a Chartered member of the CIPD as well as a chartered accountant. Much of her earlier career was spent in various consulting roles. 

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Katerina Rüdiger - Head of Skills and Policy Campaigns 

Katerina Rudiger

Katerina is the Head of Skills and Policy Campaigns at the CIPD. She leads the Policy Campaigns team, which works to turn policy into action, to positively influence employer behaviour. She has developed and leads on the CIPD’s Learning to Work programme that aims to tackle youth unemployment by increasing employer engagement with young people. She is also responsible for the CIPD’s employer volunteering programmes and the CIPD’s approach to skills policy issues.

Before joining the CIPD Katerina has worked in various research and policy roles for government bodies and think tanks in London and Brussels, looking at skills and employment issues in the UK and internationally. These include the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), the Work Foundation, the European Policy Centre and the European Commission.  Katerina is the author of several research and policy reports on youth employment and other skills and workplace issues; she sits on the Partnership board of the Education and Employers Taskforce charity and is fluent in several European languages.

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Ruth Stuart - Research Adviser, Learning & Development 

Ruth Stuart

Ruth joined the CIPD in December 2013 as the Research Adviser for learning and development (L&D). She is responsible for research exploring the latest trends and themes in L&D. Ruth has a particular interest in how findings from the field of neuroscience are influencing the world of L&D and how L&D professionals develop their own knowledge and expertise. She also manages the annual Learning and Development survey report, which provides insight into and benchmarking in changing L&D practices.

Prior to joining the CIPD Ruth held a number of roles within Tesco PLC in both specialist L&D and generalist HR roles. Most recently she worked within organisation development, leading capability development within the commercial business function. Prior to this she gained experience as a HR Business Partner and in International Talent and Leadership Development. Ruth also has experience of conducting in-house research programmes exploring company values, expatriate behaviours and reward strategies. She holds a first degree in politics and modern history, an MA in human resource management and is a Chartered member of the CIPD.

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Rachel Suff - Public Policy Adviser, Europe 

Rachel Suff

Rachel joined the CIPD as Employment Relations and Diversity Adviser (Europe), a new role to develop the CIPD’s public policy work in the EU. Her role includes building a strategic network of EU officials and other stakeholders to increase the CIPD’s profile on key public policy objectives and also working closely with CIPD members, particularly those with global/European responsibilities, to ensure that their views inform CIPD policy thinking on EU issues such as migration, youth employment and employment relations. 

Rachel’s prior roles include working as a researcher/writer/editor for XpertHR and the Industrial Relations Services, contributing many research reports, case studies and news items on issues spanning the employment field including health and wellbeing, attendance and performance management, recruitment and retention, pay and benefits and the HR profession. Prior to starting at XpertHR in 2010, for six years Rachel worked as a senior policy adviser for Acas. Rachel is a qualified HR practitioner and is also interested in the development of HR as a profession.

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Sue Upton – Director of Members and Markets 

Sue Upton

Sue joined the CIPD in February 2000 and has held a variety of executive roles in Marketing, Communications, Membership and Professional Development, as well as a brief period as Interim MD. She now leads the Members and Markets Directorate which acts as the primary point of contact and service delivery for the CIPD’s members and other customers. This includes ensuring that the CIPD’s membership proposition meets the needs of its 135,000 members. 

Sue is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and is a Chartered Marketer.

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Gill White – Director of Knowledge and Capability 

Gill White

Gill runs the CIPD’s ‘Leaders in Learning’ network and believes that leaders need to be learning catalysts and their learning experts should support, inspire and drive that agenda alongside them. 

Prior to the CIPD, Gill held a range of Head of Learning roles at companies including Vodafone and Xchanging. She also has a management background ranging from MD of a Leadership Consultancy to Regional Manager for Whitbread. 

Gill is one of just 1000 people in the UK to hold Chartered Director status, awarded by the Institute of Directors. Gill became a Fellow of the IOD in 2013 and has been mentoring other Chartered Directors for several years. Gill is also a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

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Ben Willmott - Head of Public Policy 

Ben Willmott

Ben leads the CIPD’s Public Policy team, which works to inform and shape debate, government policy and legislation in order to enable higher performance at work and better pathways into work for those seeking employment. His particular research and policy areas of interest include employment relations, employee engagement and wellbeing, absence and stress management, and leadership and management capability.

Ben joined the CIPD in 2003. He started his career in regional journalism and prior to joining the CIPD was news editor and employment law editor at Personnel Today magazine.

He has an LLM in Employment law from Kingston University.

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Wilson Wong – Head of Insight & Futures 

Wilson Wong

Wilson joined CIPD’s HR Capability team in August 2012 and leads in the area of psychological contract research, primarily on the construction of organisational fairness and the impact of managing change and organisational cultures. He was senior researcher overseeing research streams of HR and leadership at The Work Foundation. There he applied futures methodologies to support organisational strategic thinking and planning. He was previously at the National IT Council secretariat in Kuala Lumpur where he was an IT Policy Technologist, heading globalisation research. Prior to the NITC, he was AVP at Malaysian Rating, rating corporate debt. He has worked as a research consultant to development agencies and charities, including technology adoption behaviour for SMEs. Recent clients include Barclaycard, Surrey Police, Department of Work and Pensions, Department of Health and Standard Chartered Bank.  His monograph on The Employment Deal will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.

He holds a PhD in Economic Psychology (Exon) examining the psychology behind opportunity recognition. He also has a MA in Critical Theory and a MBA in Finance. He was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1990. He is a Fellow of the RSA, and holds Associate positions at the University of Exeter, the Edinburgh Institute and the Centre for Performance-led HR at Lancaster University.

While at Exeter, Wilson was trustee at Exeter Community Initiatives with oversight of BME capacity development projects. He was Chair of the Devon BME Steering Group from 2006-2008, and is currently an active member of the Parochial Church Council at St James’s Piccadilly.

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Dianah Worman – Research and Policy Adviser, Diversity 

Dianah Worman

Dianah has worked in the diversity field for over 25 years and has a raft of national-level experience and some at international level. She has been awarded an OBE for her services to diversity.

She leads the CIPD’s research and public policy work on diversity, producing good practice guidance for employers and helping to create a more enabling infrastructure to support diversity progress. Her influencing role includes serving on national-level advisory boards in connection with public policy development and academic research. She is currently focusing her research on producing guidance on managing an ageing workforce and on driving diversity progress in business.

Dianah started her career in the Civil Service and gained experience in the postal and telecommunications industries, later specialising in people management. 

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Ksenia Zheltoukhova - Research Adviser 

Ksenia Zheltoukhova

Ksenia specialises in leadership studies and is interested in practical measures of value-led behaviours of managers and employees. She is currently working on identifying the effects of leaders’ sacrificial behaviours on followers, as well as reviewing the implications of the shifting work paradigms for individual career trajectories and organisational purpose. Ksenia’s background is in organisational psychology and management studies. Before joining CIPD in April 2013 she spent three years as a Researcher at The Work Foundation examining the presence of Good Work in modern workplaces. 

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