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, Chartered FCIPD, Chief Executive

As chief executive of the CIPD, Peter is the only executive member of the CIPD Board and is responsible for the strategic development and operational management of the CIPD, within the framework agreed by the Board.

Peter writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills. He is a Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of AHRI (the Australian HR Institute) and the Academy of Social Sciences. He’s also a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and the British Academy of Management. Peter is a visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Bath Management School. He holds honorary doctorates from Bath University, Kingston University, and Birmingham City University.

Prior to joining the CIPD in July 2012, he 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.


Shakil Butt

Shakil Butt, Chartered FCIPD, FCCA, Honorary Treasurer

Shakil has worked in the humanitarian sector in a number of senior leadership roles for over 20 years, having started as a volunteer in the early 1990s. He is a qualified accountant, beginning his career in finance before moving into HR in 2009, when he became HR and OD director of Islamic Relief Worldwide.

He now runs an HR solutions, OD interventions, executive support and a public speaking consultancy.

Shakil 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. Shakil was elected as Honorary Treasurer of the CIPD at its AGM in December 2016.


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.


Professor Nelarine Cornelius, Chartered FCIPD, Vice-President Membership and Professional Development

Nelarine is Professor of Organisation Studies at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London. She has made a number of contributions to us in her capacity as an academic and has taught on many CIPD accredited courses. She has served as a Trustee and Director on the boards of a housing association, international societies, social enterprise, development trust, regeneration committee and national charities.

The VP MPD role is for someone who can provide thought leadership, academic insight and a membership perspective to the development of the profession and its standards. Nelarine was appointed at the CIPD’s AGM in December 2018.


Jonathan Ferrar

Jonathan Ferrar, Chartered FCIPD

Jonathan Ferrar is a respected consultant, speaker, author and business advisor in HR strategy, workforce analytics, and the future of work. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Insight222 Limited.

He advises clients on how to establish human resources strategies that will improve business performance and help HR leaders become more analytical and digital in their decision-making. He was listed as one of the 2019 Top 100 HR Tech Influencers globally by Human Resource Executive, and one of the Top 20 Experts in People Analytics in 2017 by Sage People, amongst other accolades. Before he started his own consultancy business, Jonathan worked for more than 25 years in corporate business (most recently IBM) in both the United Kingdom and the United States and has worked and travelled advising business leaders all over the globe.

He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate diploma in Human Resources Management from Kingston Business School.


Louise Fisher

Louise Fisher, Chartered FCIPD, Chair

Louise has a successful track record as a senior HR leader and board member in several organisations in many industry sectors. She has demonstrated her ability to successfully lead organisational change, working with global HR teams delivering business results and contributing both strategically and operationally.

Louise is passionate about getting more women into Executive and Board level roles and has mentored many HR and business people supporting their professional and career development. Following six years as a Trustee Board Director and a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees of the CIPD, in April 2015 Louise was appointed as the Chair of the Board. She is also a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Chair of the Nominations Committee.


Yetunde Hofmann, Chartered FCIPD

Yetunde sits on our Board Nominations and Audit Committees and is our Champion for the Middle East. She is Managing Director of Synchrony Development Consulting, an international leadership and change consultancy, and Founder of The Enjoyable Life Series - a Community Organisation designed to help people of all backgrounds be empowered to live their lives more enjoyably thereby supporting their wellbeing. Yetunde started her career at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria and went on to have a successful international career as an HR Leader in FTSE 100 global companies including Imperial Brands, Unilever, Allied Domecq and Northern Foods.

She sits on the boards of Treatt PLC, The Education Development Trust where she also chairs their Remuneration Committee and Tomorrow's Company. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading's Henley Business School, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and has been named one of the top 100 women in the UK to watch by the Cranfield University Female FTSE Board Report.


Caroline Nugent, Chartered FCIPD

Caroline is the HR Director and part of the Executive team at the Financial Ombudsman. Prior to this she was Director of HR, OD & Business Development at oneSource, London Boroughs’ of Havering and Newham and has also worked as a Company Director with VineHR and the Public Services People Managers’ Association.

Caroline was awarded national HR Most Influential Practitioner Awards in 2017 and 2018 and has presented at numerous conferences, written articles and featured in the national press, including MJ for Local Government, People Management, Personnel Today, HR Excellence, Local Government Chronicle. She is the immediate past president of the London Public Services People Managers’ Association. She was appointed to the CIPD Board in April 2019.


Anna Sharp

Anne Sharp CBE

Anne, who was appointed to the Board in April 2015, is the Under Treasurer (CEO) of Lincoln’s Inn, a multifaceted organisation primarily dedicated to the qualification, training and development of barristers. Her previous career in the Civil Service involved leadership of a wide range of organisational, operational and policy responsibilities, most recently as CEO of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). Anne was awarded a CBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours for services to workplace relations.



Sharon Whitehead, Chartered FCIPD

Sharon is a Global HR professional with over 20+ years’ international experience in strategic human resources management. She is an expert in Leading Organisational Change, Building talent strategies, emerging markets and helping Organisations grow.

Currently, Sharon is the Group Chief HR Officer for Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, where she sits on the Group Executive Team and is responsible for the People & Culture agenda for over 46,000 employees across the globe. Prior to joining Smurfit Kappa Group, she worked at Kerry Group plc. in various roles over a 20 year career there, most recently as the Global Vice President HR. Her previous roles included HR Director, Global Director of Change and Communications, EMEA Vice President HR and Asia Pacific Vice President HR. She is a key member of the Strategic Council for the Irish Management Institute and a member of the Institute of Directors, Ireland. She was appointed to the CIPD Board in April 2019.


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