Chartered Companion is one of the highest levels of recognition in the world of HR and people development. The CIPD's select group of Chartered Companions are exceptional leaders who have a proven track record within organisations and have demonstrated exceptional impact on the profession over their careers. This is the highest accolade and level of membership awarded by the CIPD professional body and the selection of individuals to enter this group is made directly by the CIPD Board.
What makes someone a great Chartered Companion?
We're looking for individuals who through their careers have made a positive impact for the profession and our purpose of championing better work and working lives. A great Chartered Companion will have made an outstanding contribution against one or more of the following areas:
- Having a track record of delivering results and change within their vocation
- Being a positive influence on the profession, its body of knowledge, credibility and reputation
- Contributing to Good Work and society more broadly
- Being an ambassador, advocate and promoter of the CIPD.
The nomination window for 2021 Chartered Companions is now closed. Shortlisting for the 2021 nominations is already in process and we are due to announce this year's successful nominees in September. We are still accepting nominations for review in the next shortlisting process due to take place in 2022. We will periodically review the number of nominations received and update you with further timings and details in due course. Nominations can be made by any CIPD member who is a Chartered Member, Chartered Fellow, Chartered Companions, Academic Member or Academic Fellow. Nominees must be a CIPD Chartered Fellow or Academic Fellow member.
2020 Chartered Companions
We re-opened our Chartered Companion nomination process in 2020 so that we could continue to recognise more widely the many people professionals who do outstanding work within the profession. During what has been a very difficult year for everyone, it was lovely to see so many members finding the time to submit nominations. We received over 60 nominations which were of a very high standard and we were delighted to announce our newly appointed Chartered Companions in Peter’s January message to members.
I would like to take this opportunity to once again congratulate them on this significant achievement and thank them for their brilliant contribution to the profession.
In 2020 we were delighted to acknowledge the following members with Chartered Companion membership:
David Blackburn Chartered CCIPD
David has worked in the profession for over 20 years, his current position being the Chief People Officer at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) where he has successfully transformed the culture to emphasise engagement, passion and high-performance.
Throughout his career, David’s work has been recognised in multiple prestigious national awards: Business in the Community (BITC); Employee Benefits; Financial Innovation; FT Adviser Diversity in Finance; Housing Heroes; HR Distinction; HR Excellence; Investors in People and Personnel Today.
David has mentored countless people through the BITC BAME Mentoring Circles Programme, and has served on the leadership teams of both the BITC Age & Race At Work campaigns: he is a founding signatory of the Race at Work Charter and attended No. 10 Downing Street to meet with the Prime Minister's adviser on diversity & inclusion in 2019. David has campaigned tirelessly to promote inclusion and the inclusive workplace.
David Cagney Chartered CCIPD
David is the first ever Chief HR Officer for the Irish Civil Service. David shaped and drove the development of the first ever HR strategy for the Civil Service, (which was approved by the Government in 2017) and built a strong team to enable and facilitate consistent evidence-based expertise to Civil Service departments whilst continuing to engage with stakeholders across government departments to work through and pilot a future HR operating model.
David and his team have engaged with the CIPD as part of the process of developing strategic HR capability in the Civil Service, to support accredited training for employees and the HR community to upskill and improve their credibility. He is also examining how to build a career path structure for HR in the Irish Civil Service. The impact of this professionalisation agenda was evident at the CIPD Ireland 2020 HR Awards, where two government bodies won awards for outstanding leadership of transformation programmes.
In March 2020 David, working with the wider HR community across the Civil Service and the trade unions, led the team that in one week facilitated 40,000 civil servants to transfer from office working to home working, widely acknowledged as a hugely successful initiative, and is now concentrating on how this can be embedded as a sustainable option for the future of the work for not only the Irish Civil Service but also the wider Public Service in Ireland.
Frank Douglas Chartered CCIPD
Frank has worked in the people profession for over 30 years and is currently CEO of Caerus Executive, advising companies how to focus on culture and inclusion in order to increase retention and progression strategies. Born and raised in New York City, Frank has worked in England, Scotland and the Netherlands for the last 20 years.
Prior to starting Caerus Executive, he was the Executive Vice President, Group Human Resources Director for Misys (now known as Finastra), a global technology company. Frank was part of the executive team, credited with helping to turn around the organisation. Frank has also been the Group Human Resources Director for Scottish & Newcastle and Transport for London/TfL. Frank was the first Black male Group HR Director for a FTSE 100 company (and remains the only one, 7 years later). In 2011 Frank was included in the list of the top 30 ‘Most Influential HR Directors’ in the UK. Frank also served on the Board of the CIPD for six years. Most recently, Frank was named on the “Powerlist” of the top 20 diversity and inclusion professionals in the UK.
In September 2019, Frank entered the HR Magazine Hall of Fame for his work in HR, culture and inclusion consulting and was the only non-academic speaker at the global Behavioural Insights Conference and panel discussion on inclusion and diversity.
Frank was also the first HR Director invited to speak to senior staff of the Royal Household (and invited guests) at Buckingham Palace and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to the HR profession and commitment to Diversity.
Jean-Pierre Noel Chartered CCIPD
Jean-Pierre Noël has 15 years’ board level experience as Group Reward Director inside three FTSE-50 multinationals – Reckitt Benckiser, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and (as an interim) Compass Group. Under his leadership IHG received the PwC sponsored, “Building Public Trust Award” for executive remuneration reporting in the FTSE 100. He now pursues a portfolio career.
Jean-Pierre owns a company that provides coaching, training, and mentoring in executive remuneration to Group HRDs, emerging HR/Reward leaders and NEDs. He leads and shapes the debate on executive pay through speaking engagements and his research study on deferred shares for the Purposeful Company was highlighted in the Investment Association’s, “Principles of Remuneration for 2020”. He is also a trainer and tutor in reward for the CIPD.
Jean-Pierre is an MBA Tutor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford helping students explore topics such as, “the future of work”, and delivers pro-bono workshops on working in HR for post-graduate students at various universities. He has been a volunteer business coach with Pilot light since 2014 supporting UK charities develop their strategy and business plan. In 2020 he also provided pro bono business coaching to St John Ambulance.
John Kenney Chartered CCIPD
John is a Membership Upgrading Assessor for CIPD and an active Member at National, Regional and Local level. Following a long and varied career in The Boots Group as Pharmacist, Store Manager and a range of specialist roles as an independent consultant in People Development and Change.
He was the Chair of the CIPD Leicestershire branch in the early 2000s and has continued to be an active member of the team. As the branch operated as a self managed team for the last three years John continued as Council representative. John was also a member of the team that ran the Midlands Centenary Event in 2013. Since then has worked with the branch chairs in the Midlands and the branch development team to facilitate the development of the Midlands Area Partnership.
He also helped launch the Steps Ahead mentoring scheme in Leicestershire and his positive energy engaged many CIPD members to become involved with mentoring young adults. John has also undertaken a role as an Ethics Ambassador, championing the CIPD Code of Conduct, contributing to the work in support of ethical practice through the ‘Workplace Dilemmas in Confidence’ forum.
Judy Madavo Chartered CCIPD
Judy worked in Wesbank South Africa (a division of the First Strand Group South Africa) from 2001 – 2015. She worked initially as the Executive Head of HR for four years and before moving to become the Executive Head of Operations and HR. She was instrumental in changing the culture of the organisation, introducing more diversity and improving the reputation of Wesbank as a preferred employer.
Judy introduced people policies and practices which improved equal opportunities in development, recruitment, pay and promotion and resulted in the organisation’s diverse composition changing from 8% in 2001 to 50% in 2015 including the composition of the top team. Judy has been recognised in the Little Black Book for making significant contribution to their industry in promoting racial equality and diversity. She also initiated and implemented a group- wide women’s forum to promote gender inclusion and diversity – resulting in more female representation at top management levels.
In 2016 Judy launched Affinity Development Company (ADP) with the goal of helping young people enter the ‘world of work’ successfully and manage subsequently their career.
Maureen Royce Chartered CCIPD
Maureen is the Associate Dean and HR/CIPD Programmes Leader in Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University. She has been instrumental in bringing a change of thinking into the academic community through her persistence of being principles-led; evidence-based; and outcomes-driven.
Maureen is an outstanding Student Engagement Lead for our Merseyside and North Cheshire branch and has been an advocate for the new Profession Map since implementation. She achieved the change of a generic degree to a Human Resources Degree, against the CIPD standards. The Masters programme has grown from around 20 students per year to around 200 now.
Maureen is an inclusion and diversity champion and has a history of volunteering at board level for charities most recently as a Trustee for DaDaFest, a local charity in Liverpool that supports artistic events for young people in the community who are disabled and deaf. Maureen's HR strategic knowledge, experience and skills are used in a variety of ways and more recently she partnered with her current employer, to capture the views on diversity, whilst simultaneously investigating the impact on organisational development within DaDaFest.
Peck Kem Low Chartered CCIPD
Peck Kem is the Chief HR Officer for the Singapore Public Service, with a workforce of more than 140,000 and a HR team of more than 3,000. Her role in the handling of the recent COVID-19 situation is a testament to her HR leadership. In her role as CHRO of the Public Service, she and her team acted as the HR advisory to organisations in Singapore during this difficult period. She has also helped to build capabilities of employees through the partnership of CIPD as well as helping to introduce milestone programmes via the Civil Service College (HR Foundation Programme, HR Managers Programme, and the apex HR Leadership Programme).
Peck Kem is also President of the Singapore Human Resources Institute where she rallied HR leaders from across Singapore to form a task force with goals to raise the brand, advocacy and capability of HR professionals in the state.
Professor David Clutterbuck Chartered CCIPD
David co-founded the European Mentoring and Coaching Council in 1991, and is now one of two ambassadors tasked with spreading good practice globally.
David led the research team that created the international standards for mentoring and coaching programmes and was also part of the team that developed the international standards for team coaching. He has been highly active in the world of diversity management, designing diversity mentoring programmes for companies around the world.
Much of David’s work in the UK has been in the NHS where he has trained over 200 mentors to support staff working though ethical dilemmas. David is also lead coach for the Ethical Coach project which brings coaching capability to developing economies.
David has authored or co-authored over 70 books, including ‘Everyone needs a mentor’ which helped launch formal mentoring programmes in 1985. He has run many programmes for the CIPD, from ‘Marketing the HR function’ in the 1990s to the current ‘Aspiring HR directors’ programme.
Professor Nelarine Cornelius Chartered CCIPD
Nelarine has a wealth of administrative, practitioner and academic experience that has contributed in particular to inclusion and diversity policy and practices. Currently Associate Dean, People Culture and Inclusion at Queen Mary University of London, Nelarine has focused on the career journey from recruitment and selection through to induction and exit interviews. The role has been critical in re-examining inclusion and diversity policies, practices and outcomes within the School and has been recognised as best practice within the College.
Nelarine has also recently contributed a think-piece on EDI and Leadership to the National Leadership Centre, a UK Government Cabinet Office initiative to improve leadership practice in the public sector, as well as contributing to Race at Work Black Voices Report, produced annually by Business in the Community. She is also providing guidance and advice for the Welsh Government’s policy unit. She has also provided analysis and guidance in the HRM and EDI areas for a range of public, private and non-profit organisations.
Nelarine has taught on CIPD accredited programmes for over 28 years, promoting the importance of membership to national and international students. She is also Vice-President, Membership and Qualifications, at the CIPD where with the backing of the Chief Executive and Chair, secured a greater focus on EDI as a more central element within the new qualifications framework, with an agreement of yearly updates to the syllabus to keep the discipline generally and EDI specifically, as up to date as possible.
Siobhán Sheridan CBE Chartered CCIPD
Siobhán is currently Civilian HR Director for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) where she has transformed the HR department and defence's standing within government, increasing its professionalism whilst also remaining extraordinarily sensitive to the unique circumstances of her role. She is universally acknowledged as the lead HR professional in defence and is able to drive forward a reforming and professionalising agenda.
During the COVID pandemic she has been the central focus for changing the way the department has worked. She understood the severity of the virus and began immediately working on a response. The response was unprecedented in the speed and comprehensive nature of its delivery.
In 2019 Siobhán was recognised as the UK's Most Influential HR Practitioner by her profession and has remained in the top 10 for four years.
Siobhán also coaches and mentors upcoming talent and is a regular speaker at CIPD events, particularly at the youth and student events – she passionately believes that she has much to offer those just starting in the profession, traveling the country giving up her time to address the next generation of people professionals.
Stephen Moir Chartered CCIPD
Stephen is the Executive Director of Resources for the City of Edinburgh Council and leads the authority’s customer and corporate services portfolio, which includes: human resources; finance; procurement; digital services; legal, audit and risk; health and safety; strategic asset management; capital programmes; commercial property; facilities management; customer contact; council tax and business rates collection; welfare reform and benefits administration and Council wide business support, all working to enable the delivery of over 700 public services to the people of Scotland’s Capital City. In partnership with public, private and third sector organisations, as well as the Scottish Government, Stephen works to deliver a complex agenda focussed upon tackling poverty, addressing sustainability and enhancing wellbeing for all, as well as providing executive leadership to make the Council a more inclusive and diverse employer.
A career public servant, Stephen has worked in a range of HR and managerial roles across local, regional and national public sector organisations. Before joining Edinburgh, Stephen was the Chief People Officer for NHS England. During his time at NHS England, Stephen provided HR leadership to enable the establishment of the new national body in 2013 and was instrumental in creating the conditions for more than 160 predecessor bodies to be successfully integrated into a single organisation, providing leadership to the NHS in England. As the Head of Profession for HR in the NHS, Stephen championed the creation of a HR professional development strategy and a national specification for HR Directors, which included CIPD accreditation as an essential requirement for the first time. He also sponsored the NHS HR Graduate Management Training Scheme and the creation of the Aspiring Directors of Workforce talent programme.
Stephen has been a Non-Executive Director for the CIPD, as well as previously a columnist for People Management magazine, and is a Past President of the Public Services People Managers Association (PPMA), actively promoting the role and positive impact of the HR profession over a number of years.
Therese Procter Chartered CCIPD
Therese was Chief People Officer for Tesco Bank PLC from 2008 to 2016, where she led the people agenda in Financial Services. She created a bespoke vision and values leadership programme for several areas of the business including Tesco Bank, dot com and Telecoms.
Therese was awarded the Cultural Award for Scotland by the Scottish Financial Enterprise, the first bank to ever win the award for her work in innovating in compensation and benefits, removing incentive payments for front line employees and investing in fixed pay. She also developed a global strategy for inclusion and diversity for Tesco PLC and established a Diversity Council alongside networks to raise awareness of unconscious bias and address talent opportunities. She set up an LGBT network within Tesco which became the largest employee network in Europe. She has also worked with government to launch their transgender policy. She supported the Peabody Trust to make adjustments to take blind graduates into retail for the first time and worked with the prison service to take reformed prisoners into work on a controlled programme.
Therese has also supported other businesses since launching her own HR practice including helping McDonalds to create a diversity framework which inspired 120 countries to adopt a more progressive approach to diversity and resulted in the commitment to a target to get two million long term unemployed youth back into work.
Therese is also a global advisor for Wagestream, an Orgshaker, trustee for Teens Unite and founder and Chair of Mevie.