Our Senior Leadership Team is responsible for the CIPD's strategic development and day-to-day operational management. The team works closely with the CIPD Board, which governs and directs the Institute's affairs in accordance with its Charter and charity law.

Peter Cheese

Peter Cheese: Chief Executive

Peter is the CIPD’s chief executive. He 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.

Peter 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. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster, the Chair of Engage for Success, a member of the Board of BPP University, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Open University Business School. He holds honorary doctorates from Bath University and Kingston 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.

Ken Cooke

Ken Cooke: Director of Marketing, Communications and Digital

Ken is Director of Marketing, Communications and Digital. He has responsibility for brand and communications, marketing programmes and our digital strategy.

His teams are focused on building our digital capabilities and transforming the CIPD into a modern, adaptable organisation so that we can deliver an excellent experience for all our members and customers while delivering sustainable revenue streams to support the CIPD's charitable purpose.

Ken has held senior roles across major international media businesses such as The Economist and the Financial Times, as well as working on HR titles like Personnel Today and XpertHR. He has extensive experience in delivering on modern marketing approaches focused on the customer’s experience and building digital products and services.
David D'Souza

David D'Souza: Director of Membership

David is the Director of Membership. He is responsible for the growing our membership and ensuring we connect effectively with the profession to understand how to continually improve our support to our members. Prior to joining the CIPD in 2014, David worked as an independent consultant, having held previous roles across a range of financial services and retail organisations.  

Described as “one of the UK’s most influential HR and workplace commentators”, David is a respected and in demand speaker and writer on progressive HR and business practice. David has expertise in a wide range of areas, including organisational development and culture, learning and development, corporate ethics, employee engagement and the future of work.

Vanessa Robinson

Vanessa Robinson: Director of Operations

Vanessa is Director of Operations for the CIPD. Her role covers all operational and programme management matters across the business, including the Strategy team, Planning and Performance team, Finance, IT and Facilities functions. Vanessa also leads our long-term approach to managing strategic partnerships.

Vanessa joined the CIPD in 2004, in the Research Team, which she led for a number of years, before taking up her current role. Vanessa’s earlier career was in a variety of consultancy and finance roles, including PwC, Cap Gemini and WPP. She is a Chartered Accountant, holds a first degree in Psychology and a Masters in Organisational Behaviour.

Brad Taylor

Brad Taylor: Director of People

Brad is the CIPD’s Director of People. He leads the CIPD’s own HR and people development function, ensuring that the organisation is able to achieve its strategic aspirations through attracting, developing and retaining great people.  He is interested in people strategy, culture and organisational development. In particular, he is enthusiastic about enabling all CIPD people, both employees and branch volunteers, to collaborate effectively to achieve the CIPD’s purpose of championing better work and working lives.

Brad joined the CIPD in June 2016. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.  He started his career with Barclays Plc, working across both HR and non-HR roles, before moving into the not-for-profit sector, where he was Director of HR & Workplace with CIMA. 

Gill White

Gill White: Director of Business and Markets Development

Gill is the CIPD's Director of Business and Markets Development. Her teams are responsible for translating our strategy, research, thought-leadership and customer proposition work into world class solutions for our members and customers. Having a direct relationship with all of our customers is hugely important, as it allows us to ensure we are building exactly what they need to support their organisations. We do this through our Employer Engagement teams in the UK, Ireland, Singapore and Dubai.

Gill joined the CIPD in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training and was appointed in September 2013 to head up the newly formed Directorate of Knowledge and Capability. Her role has since grown to encompass all of our commercial areas. Prior to working for the CIPD, Gill held a variety of Head of L&D roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP as well as operational roles including Managing Director of the consultancy IDology and Operations Manager for Whitbread, Greenalls and Vodafone.

Gill is one of just 1,000 directors in the UK to hold the prestigious Chartered Director status, awarded by the Institute of Directors.

Victoria Winkler: Director of Professional Development

Victoria is Director of Professional Development, with overall responsibility for the CIPD’s professional standards and membership framework. She leads both the design and development of our professional standards and CPD, assessment and qualifications strategy and is responsible for ensuring that our professional designations and qualifications are of the highest standard and quality. 

Victoria joined the CIPD in 2003, initially leading CIPD research in the field of learning, development and talent management. Prior to joining the CIPD, Victoria held a number of roles across the charity and publishing sectors, with a focus on learning and professional skills development.

Marianne Wyles: Director of Legal and Governance

Marianne is the CIPD’s Director of Legal and Governance, directing the smooth operation of its governance, legal, risk and Code of Conduct arrangements.  This includes ensuring the Board has the relevant information to provide both insight and oversight as charitable Trustees, that our members maintain the highest standards of professionalism and stewardship, and that our legal solutions are commercial and pragmatic. She is committed to promoting exemplary governance and risk management practices and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.  

Marianne joined the CIPD in 2009, prior to which she was a company secretary for 12 years in the social housing sector.