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.

Ben Willmott  |  Charles Cotton  |  Dianah Worman  |  Edward Houghton  |  Gerwyn Davies  |  Jessica Cooper

Jill Miller  |  Jonny Gifford  |  Katerina Rudiger  |  Ksenia Zheltoukhova  |  Mark Beatson  |  Mike Emmott

Rachel Suff  |  Ruth Stuart  |  Susannah Clements  |  Vanessa Robinson  |  Wilson Wong

Ben Willmott 

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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.

Charles Cotton 

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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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Dianah Worman 

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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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Edward Houghton 

Edward Houghton 170x170Edward 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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Gerwyn Davies 

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Gerwyn has appeared before the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee and continues to make regular appearances on speaker platforms and in the national media on all aspects of the labour market. He is particularly noted for authoring the highly influential Labour Market Outlook report, the UK’s largest representative survey of employers’ recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions; and for warning about the potential consequences of the migration cap.

Gerwyn has previously worked for the Wales European Centre, Brussels, and as a consultant for the political agency Central Lobby Consultants in Westminster. He has an MSc in Public Policy and Management from                                                University College London.

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Jessica Cooper 

Jessica Cooper 170x170Jessica 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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Dr Jill Miller 

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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 2012 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. And 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. The survey provides useful benchmarking data for organisations on the cost and causes of absence, as well as focusing on employee well-being and topical issues. 

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

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Jonny Gifford 

Jonny Gifford 170x170Jonny 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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Katerina Rudiger 

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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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Ksenia Zheltoukhova 

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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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Mark Beatson 

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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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Mike Emmott 

Mike Emmott 170x170 Central to Mike’s work is his interest in the way in which industrial and economic changes are affecting employee attitudes and working practices. This has been reflected in research into the psychological contract, followed by continuing work exploring employers’ experience of managing employee engagement. Recent work has focused on employee voice, global employment relations, industrial relations skills and HR in the public sector. Mike has spoken extensively on the agency working regulations and flexible working and is a regular media commentator on employee relations issues.

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Rachel Suff 

Rachel Suff 170x170I have joined the CIPD as Employment Relations and Diversity Adviser (Europe), a new role to develop the CIPD’s public policy work in the EU. I will be building a strategic network of EU officials and other stakeholders to increase the CIPD’s profile on key public policy objectives. The role also involves 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. I will be commissioning research, contributing to press and publications and taking part in conferences and events.

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 I worked as a senior policy adviser for Acas. As a qualified HR practitioner I am also interested in the development of HR as a profession.

Ruth Stuart 

Ruth Stuart 170x170Ruth 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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Susannah Clements 

Susannah Clements 170x170Susannah is Deputy Chief Executive of the CIPD, leading the Institute’s teams devoted to research, policy and content as well as overseeing the brand and marketing function. With 29 years of wide-ranging experience in HR prior to joining the CIPD, she can comment on most subjects but is particularly passionate about leadership and business strategy, diversity and the future of the profession.

She joined the CIPD as Deputy Chief Executive in September 2013, building on her career in HR, change management and consulting, including time at Carillion, ITV, Whitbread, Anglian Water, Care UK and PwC. She holds an MBA from London Business School and a degree from Cambridge University.

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Vanessa Robinson 

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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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Wilson Wong 

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