Our Board sets the broad strategic framework for the CIPD, providing insight and advice on priorities and assuring itself on progress in delivering the strategy. In doing so, the Board monitors and reviews all identified risks and tests the assumptions presented. As the CIPD is a charity, Members of the Board are also Trustees, which includes the requirement to ensure the CIPD is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit.

The Chair of the Board is elected by the CIPD's advisory Council. Council also elects seven other members of the Board, all for three-year renewable terms. The President of the CIPD is elected by CIPD Members at AGM. Other AGM elected posts are the Honorary Treasurer (who has a particular role in monitoring financial performance, planning and control systems) and the Vice President Membership and Professional Development, who provides leadership in the definition, development and promotion of the Institute’s professional standards.

Peter Cheese

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive

The Chief Executive is the only Executive Board member and is responsible for the strategic development and operational management of the CIPD, within the framework agreed by the Board.

Before joining the CIPD as its Chief Executive in July 2012, Peter was Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Council of City & Guilds. Up until 2009 he had a long career at Accenture holding various leadership positions and culminating in a seven-year spell as Global Managing Director leading the firm’s human capital and organisation consulting practice. He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, and the broader issues of leadership, culture, people and skills.

Peter is also a member of the Board of BPP University, and the Advisory Board for the Open University Business School. He holds an honorary doctorate from Kingston University, is a Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of AHRI, the Australian HR Institute, a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.


Shakil Butt

Shakil Butt, Chartered FCIPD, FCCA

Shakil is the HR and OD director of Islamic Relief Worldwide, where he leads on HR, strategic direction and change management. His global HR team works in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and in 2015 they won CIPD People Management HR team of the year award (third sector/social enterprise). Shakil has worked in the humanitarian sector for over 20 years having started as a volunteer in the early 1990s. He is a qualified accountant with a diploma in Charity Accounting having begun his career in Finance before moving into HR in 2009.

Shakil has worked in a number of senior leadership roles and is currently a member of the regional leadership team for Mosaic, a mentoring charity founded by HRH the Prince of Wales, working with young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential.


Cary Cooper

Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, Academic FCIPD, President

Cary Cooper is 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. Cary is the author/editor of over 120 books on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organisational psychology. He has written over 400 scholarly articles for academic journals and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio. He holds Honorary Doctorates from several universities. In 2001 Professor Cooper was awarded a CBE by the Queen for his contribution to occupational health. He was Chair of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences and in 2010 was awarded the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award by the Times Higher Education for his distinguished contribution to higher education. In 2014, HR Magazine voted him The Most Influential HR Thinker in the UK and he was awarded a Knighthood by the Queen for services to the social sciences. Cary is President of the Institute of Welfare, Past President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, President of RELATE and President of the British Academy of Management.


Tanith Dodge

Tanith Dodge, Chartered FCIPD

Tanith is Group HR Director of Value Retail, a business that specialises in the creation and operation of luxury outlet shopping villages in Europe and China. Prior to that she was Group Director of HR at Marks and Spencer where she also sat on their Management and Remuneration Committees. She has over 30 years' experience in providing commercial HR leadership in a number of different organisations and across a number of sectors. She is also on the Board of Engage for Success - a movement for employee engagement committed to the idea that there is a better way to work and enable personal and organisational growth.


Louise Fisher

Louise Fisher, Chartered FCIPD, Chair

Louise is the HR Director for Xerox EMEA and is also responsible for Ethics. Louise's career spans a variety of industry sectors and operational and HR roles, including operating at board level. She specialised in training, management and organisation development in the retail and hotel industries for several years and later became a board member and Group HR Director for the Hurst Publishing Group. Following this she worked at ICL/Fujitsu Services as UK HR Director and EMEA HR Director for the IT outsourcing business. Louise has contributed to a CIPD publication on international mergers and acquisitions and has been a speaker at a number of HR conferences.


Yetunde Hofmann, Chartered FCIPD

Yetunde has 25 years’ experience in HR in specialist and non-specialist areas internationally and across a variety of industries, most recently as HR Director in Imperial Tobacco where she spent nine years. Before this she worked in Unilever, Allied Domecq, Northern Foods and The Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria where she began her career in HR. She is now embarking on a portfolio career, runs her own Leadership and Change Consultancy and is a Trustee of an international children’s charity operating in more than 26 of the world’s poorest countries.


Ian Iceton

Ian Iceton, Chartered FCIPD, FCMA, Honorary Treasurer

Ian is group HR director at Network Rail. He has 15 years' Board-level HR experience, having previously been Head of HR Operations for Skanska UK, and HR Director for Volkswagen Group UK. Before that Ian held a variety of Financial and Commercial positions, having qualified with CIMA whilst at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells. Ian also has extensive Pensions Trustee experience across three organisations. Ian is also a member of and contributor to the Editorial Board of HR Director journal.



Anna Kyprianou

Anna Kyprianou, Chartered FCIPD, Vice-President Membership and Professional Development

Before her current role of Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Anna was the Chair of the Human Resource Management Group at Middlesex University Business School from 1997.

She has worked with the strategic development of organisations and their management teams for more than twenty-five years. Her areas of specialism are organisational behaviour, managing people and learning and development with a particular emphasis on managing and developing people in the virtual organisation. She has extensive research experience in survey design and data analysis at organisational, national and international levels.

She has a background in research and was instrumental in developing several major CPD initiatives within the Business School. She chaired innumerable programme validation panels at home and abroad, and has represented the University in numerous countries around the world, including Greece, Cyprus and Dubai.

In her spare time she researches and publishes on various areas of human resource management. She was previously on the CIPD’s Membership and Education Committee and has recently become a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.


Neil Morrison

Neil Morrison, Chartered FCIPD

Neil is the Director of Strategy, Culture and Innovation at Penguin Random House and is on their main UK Board. He has followed a career in HR for the last 20 years, working predominantly in FTSE100 businesses prior to Penguin Random House. Neil has also been a school Chair of Governors for eight years. He is a member of the CIPD Learning to Work Advisory Group and a number of other steering and advisory groups.



Helen Pitcher

Helen Pitcher OBE, Chartered FCIPD

Helen Pitcher’s career spans 30 years in the business world and consulting sector. An organisational performance coach and mentor with a worldwide network, she is Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence Ltd, a board effectiveness consultancy. She is also Senior Independent Director for United Biscuits, chairman of the Queen's Counsel Selection Panel, panel member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, chairman of KidsOut Charity and serves on the Membership Committee of International Women’s Forum UK.



Alan Price

Alan Price, Chartered FCIPD

Alan is Chief Executive of Croner Group Ltd (an HR and Business Safety Consultancy). Previously he was Group Operations and HR Director at Peninsula Business Services Group and Managing Director of their Irish subsidiary where he was responsible for the overall client satisfaction and HR service delivery for 30,000 members across the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to Peninsula Group, he worked in the finance and insurance industry seconded to one of the largest UK trade unions. He has a Judicial Appointment to the Employment Tribunals as a Lay Member since 2002 working with Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunals Service.

He has held a number of non-executive roles in the SME sector, as well as a being a Non-Executive Director of the Chambers of Commerce in Ireland for four years, sitting on their audit & risk committee. Alan is also a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute.


Anna Sharp

Anne Sharp

Anne, who was appointed to the Board in April 2015, is the CEO of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). Before this Anne was the Chief Executive of the Judicial Office. Her earlier civil service career includes leadership of change, policy development and operational delivery, including organisational development and health and safety regulation. Anne is a member of the Advisory Board to Queen Mary College University of London Business School and a member of the board of the Association of Chief Executives, which represents CEOs of government bodies.


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