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.


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.


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.


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.


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