The CIPD Board of Trustees govern the Institute in accordance with its Charter and charity law. Three members of the Board are designated as 'Honorary Officers' and are appointed by our Chartered Members at the Annual General meeting. At this year's AGM, we are proposing the following:

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, CBE

We are proposing that Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith be elected as President of the CIPD for a three-year term.

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE is the Chair of Mind Gym PLC and President of the British Chambers of Commerce. She also chairs the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education and the Air Operators Association and is a nonexecutive director for the Tideway Tunnel.

Ruby joined strategic outsourcing company MITIE in 2002 as Chief Financial Officer then Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2007. She is one of a small number of women who have held the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 and is the first Asian woman to be appointed in such a role within that group of companies. She was recognised as a top 50 female world business leader by the FT in 2013.

Ruby was an Independent Non-Executive Director of PageGroup plc from 2007 to 2017. She chaired the Audit Committee, was a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees and also latterly their Senior Independent Director. She was the Chair of the UK Government’s Women’s Business Council between 2012 and 2016 and a Business Ambassador for the UK from 2012 to 2019.

Ruby is a member of the House of Lords, having been granted a Life Peerage in 2015 and is a member of the Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee. She is responsible for the 2017 Independent Report to the UK Government on Race in the Workplace and was appointed by the UK Government to be the In-Work Progression Commissioner in 2020. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2015, the profession’s most prestigious award.

Ruby has received honorary doctorates from Cranfield University, Kingston University and the University of the West of England.

Baroness McGregor-Smith said:

'I am delighted to be put forward as the next President of the CIPD. I have long believed in the principles of responsible business, inclusion and equality, greater transparency and the many issues that the CIPD also seeks to understand and promote in its purpose of championing better work and working lives.

'We are in times of great change, with many uncertainties ahead. But it is also a time of great opportunity to shape a positive future, putting people at the heart of the business agenda. The demands on the profession have probably never been greater but this is also the time for the profession to fully take its place in supporting and driving change which should be good for all. That also means investing in ourselves, building professionalism, professional capability, and people management and development capabilities in our organisations. All the things the CIPD as the professional body should stand for.

'I want to help the CIPD and the people profession make the tangible difference we need to see for greater diversity in organisations everywhere at all levels, with more inclusive cultures, and greater transparency. Now really is the time for action. I also want to help lead on greater visibility and consistency of corporate reporting and governance on all aspects of people and culture. The CIPD and our profession has a primary role in better defining the social responsibilities of ESG and promoting awareness, understanding and key drivers of wellbeing for people. This must be a central outcome of good work and responsible business, and the levelling up of our communities and society everywhere.'

Nelarine Cornelius

Professor Nelarine Cornelius Chartered Companion, CIPD

We are proposing that Nelarine Cornelius be re-elected as Vice-President Membership and Professional Development for a further three-year term.

Nelarine is Professor of Organisation Studies at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London, with responsibility for academic staff development (as an Associate Dean) and, as part of the School's senior management team, shared responsibility for the school's strategy governance and operational risk management.

Nelarine has been a member of the CIPD for over 30 years and has made a number of contributions to us in her capacity as an academic. She has taught on many CIPD accredited courses at foundation, intermediate and advanced levels and continues to teach on the CIPD accredited MSc in HRM at Queen Mary.

During Nelarine's first term as Vice-President Membership and Professional Development, she has provided thought leadership, academic insight and a membership perspective to the development of the profession and its standards. Her academic expertise and provocative style have proved invaluable to this role and in supporting the Board in driving forward its Inclusion and Diversity agenda both internally and externally.

Nelarine comments:

'I have been immensely proud to serve on the board as VPMPD and would be delighted to serve for another term to continue to support the profession. The profession map, and my recommendation for more frequent, evidenced updating has, I believe strengthened the robustness, relevance, and visibility of our qualifications.

In the past three years, the HR management profession has faced unique challenges around Brexit and COVID-19, and inclusion and diversity issues. Looking forward, hybrid working is being embraced by many organisations, and technological advances will change the way we work.

The CIPD has gone the extra mile to support its members during these challenging times: strengthening its online resources, up-to-date advice, and offering a range of virtual events. Through its 'Future of Work' project and the strength of its research activities, the CIPD is increasingly the 'go to' organisation for ideas and opinions on people management and work, and the CIPD will play an important role in supporting its members in these, and other emerging, areas of importance for people management.

In addition to supporting the CIPD with these challenges in the UK and across its international network, I would welcome the opportunity to explore the career paths of HR management professions from first post to senior leadership, and for the CIPD to become the lead organisation for support and advice on the role of HR in the enhancement of workplace I&D.'