The CIPD Senior Leadership Team is responsible for the strategic development and day-to-day operational management of the Institute. The Senior Leadership Team reports to 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 visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster, a member of the Board of BPP University, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Open University Business School. He holds an honorary doctorate from Kingston University, and is a Fellow of the CIPD, 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.

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 Cook: Director of Digital and Marketing

With 20 years’ experience within information businesses, Ken leads the Digital and Marketing Directorate whose responsibilities cover the digital transformation of the CIPD into a modern, adaptable organisation as well as the CIPD’s customer experience and marketing programmes with the aim of delivering an excellent experience for all our members and customers.

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.

Our Directorate’s goal is to build our digital capability in order that we can better understand and service our members’ and customers’ needs while delivering a sustainable revenue stream for the CIPD.

Laura Harrison

Laura Harrison: Director of Strategy and Transformation

Laura is the CIPD’s Strategy and Transformation Director and leads the CIPD’s strategy, research and public policy teams, as well as its HR function. She has particular interest in the future of work and HR, organisation development and change.

Laura passionately believes that the future of work is human and is interested in exploring how organisations can create value for all their stakeholders for long term societal advancement as well as economic growth.

She holds a first degree in chemistry and postgraduate qualifications in law and tax. Laura has worked at the CIPD since February 2011. Her earlier career was spent at Aviva, where she was a HR Director in its European business and in various consulting roles with Ernst & Young and PwC.

Warren Howlett: Head of HR Content


Vanessa Robinson

Vanessa Robinson: Director of Membership Services and Operations

The Finance, Planning and Performance Directorate was formed in 2016, by bringing the finance function directly together with the business planning and performance development functions. This will enable us to strengthen and further drive our performance, implement and embed our new balanced scorecard across the business and further integrate our short and strategic business planning activities.

Vanessa joined the CIPD in 2004, in the Research Team, which she led for a number of years, and was appointed to lead the Finance, Planning and Performance Directorate on its creation. 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 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 mission 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 Commercial and Capability

The Commercial and Capability Directorate translates the strategy, research, thought-leadership and customer proposition work into world-class solutions for our members and the CIPD’s broader customer-base. 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 the International hubs of Singapore, Ireland, and Dubai and via our UK based Employer Engagement teams.

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 grow to Commercial & Capability encompassing all of our commercial areas. Prior to working for the CIPD, Gill has held a variety of Head of L&D roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP and Operational roles; such as MD of the consultancy IDology; Op’s manager for Whitbread, Greenalls and Vodafone.

Gill holds the prestigious Chartered Director status, one of only 1,000 in the UK; Awarded by the Institute of Directors.

Sam Whittaker: Director of Brand and Communications


Victoria Winkler: Head of Membership and Qualifications

Victoria is Head of Membership and Qualifications, with overall responsibility for the CIPD’s membership framework. She leads both the design and implementation of membership, assessment and qualifications strategy and is responsible for ensuring that 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: Institute Secretary

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