Chartered Companion is the highest level 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, it’s body of knowledge, credibility and reputation
  • Contributing to Good Work and society more broadly
  • Being an ambassador, advocate and promoter of the CIPD.

2020 Nominations

The nomination window for 2020 Chartered Companions has now closed however we are still accepting nominations which will be reviewed in 2021. Please complete and submit the nomination form below to have your nomination considered in the next review process.

Nominations can be made by any CIPD member who holds a Chartered grade of membership or is an Academic Member or Academic Fellow. Nominees must be a CIPD Chartered Fellow or Academic Fellow member.

2019 Chartered Companions

Louise Fisher

In 2019, for the first time, we were delighted to open our nomination process, for our highest level of membership - Chartered Companion, so that we could recognise more widely the many people professionals who do outstanding work within the profession. Nominations opened in October 2019 and it was lovely to see so much interest in the process from our members. We received over 80 nominations which were of a very high standard and I was delighted to announce our newly appointed Chartered Companions at our AGM on 10 December 2019.

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.

Louise Fisher
CIPD Chair

In 2019 we were delighted to acknowledge the following members with Chartered Companion membership:

Natasha Adams Chartered CCIPD

Natasha is the Chief People Officer at Tesco where she has made a positive impact on the company and its employees.

In 2018 Natasha was responsible for the company to carry out the UKs largest ever workplace health survey with Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation. This, alongside the Time to Change pledge that Natasha signed in 2016 led to changes in the way employees are supported with the introduction of a new health and well-being offering including a Wellbeing Guide in Retail and the launch of a Women’s Health toolkit.

In the same year a three-year target was set for Tesco to work in partnership with the Prince’s Trust and the Institute of Grocery Distribution to help 10,000 young people develop employability and life skills. The target was achieved in 1 year, demonstrating Natasha’s commitment to delivering change beyond the business.

Natasha’s commitment to building a professional and colleague focused People Team led to Tesco being the first business to gain CIPD People Development Partner status in 2019.


Debbie Alder CB Chartered CCIPD

Debbie has worked in the profession for over 30 years, in both the private and public sector. She has been Director General for People and Capability at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) since 2014, responsible for over 85,000 employees. Debbie chairs the Civil Service HR Capability Board where she has been a passionate CIPD advocate, championing the close integration of all Civil Service HR activity with the professional standards, learning offer, and initiatives of the CIPD. She has advocated professional accreditation and overseen the introduction of HR apprenticeships into the Civil Service alongside the HR Fast Stream.

Debbie is also a non-executive director of Benefits Pension Digital and Technology Services (BPDTS Ltd) and a member of the Civil Service Leadership and Talent Board. She has worked in partnership with the Government Chief People Officer (GCPO) to raise the capability of the HR function across 45 departments and 402 agencies. Debbie is also a Trustee of the Whitehall & Industry Group, a steering group member of Movement to Work and was recently recognised in the 2019 Honours list.


Oluwafunke Amobi Chartered CCIPD

Oluwafunke is the Country Head, Human Capital for Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, she is also a Director on the board of Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited. Under her leadership, Stanbic IBTC has been recognised with several awards for HR best practice in Nigeria and Africa, some of which are the overall winner of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) HR Best Practice Award for two years running in 2016 & 2017, the HR Magazine Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy Award for three consecutive years in 2016, 2017 & 2018, the All Africa Major Corporate Engagement Company of the year as well as the All Africa Employee and Customer Experience Award in 2019.

Under her leadership, the Stanbic IBTC ‘Blue Women Network’ aimed at promoting gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace as well as advancing female representation at executive levels was set up in 2014. This initiative has since been adopted by other organisations across Nigeria, whilst she supports other corporates in advancing their female empowerment initiatives on invitation.

Oluwafunke also serves as Chairperson of the TREM Career Academy, a religious not-for-profit platform tackling employability for the Nigerian Youth and she sits on the Advisory Board of Women in Successful Careers where she mentors younger women for career advancement. She was awarded the HR leader of the year in 2015 and was also appointed to the Dean's Council/Advisory Board of Lancaster University Management School UK in 2016. In 2017, Oluwafunke was listed in CHRO Asia’s 100 most influential global HR professional. Furthermore, in 2019 she was listed in Nigeria’s top 50 corporate women adding distinct value in the workplace by Leading Ladies Africa and was also named the All Africa Employee Engagement Professional of the Year for 2019 by NGrowth Africa.


Dr Katrina Easterling Chartered CCIPD

Katrina has been a CIPD member for more than 30 years. During this time, she has volunteered actively for the CIPD. This includes: Branch roles; CIPD Audit Committee member; Advisor to the CIPD Faculty of Management; and member of the CIPD Disciplinary Panel. In 1999, Katrina became an Elected Director/Trustee of the CIPD Executive Board, and was re‐elected in 2003. Katrina served the Institute when it achieved Chartered status, and its award‐winning offices were built at 151 The Broadway.

Katrina has also held two Public Appointments. The first from 2004‐2012, when the Lord Chancellor appointed her as an Independent Panellist for the Judicial Appointments Commission with a remit to bring diversity into the Judiciary. The second from 2006‐2012, when the Minister for Health appointed Katrina as Member of the Review Body for Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration. During this appointment, she evidenced that the career pathway within the NHS’s new contract for SAS hospital doctors’ was indirectly discriminatory. As a result, the Department of Health and the four UK governments agreed to make substantial changes. Katrina’s advocacy for equality, employee rights and inclusion has brought exceptional change to the working lives of thousands of employees. 

Currently, Katrina is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester where she continues to promote the CIPD, HR best practice, and diversity.


Kevin Green Chartered CCIPD

Kevin was CEO at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) for almost 10 years. In 2014, under Kevin’s guidance, REC launched the Good Recruitment Campaign aimed at in-house recruitment teams and HR departments, providing free access to best practice and guidance to improve the recruitment process for both candidates and businesses. As an advocate of the CIPD, Kevin was clear that the campaign needed to involve the institute and involved senior figures from the institute in the conversations throughout.

Kevin worked as HRD for Royal Mail Letters from 2003 – 2008, while the business was being transformed and is now a Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Strategic Advisor to middle market businesses who are focused on technology, people or recruitment services.

Throughout his career he has given his time to mentor individuals through their HR career. As a regular speaker at events he is always happy to share his thoughts on the profession and give guidance. He hosts a Podcast series which shares input from other senior HR professionals and has recently published his book ‘Competitive People Strategy’, which was described by People Management as ‘One of the most important accessible HR books of the year’.


Emma Horne Chartered CCIPD

Emma is Deputy CEO of Crosby Management Training (CMT), a CIPD centre which has delivered CIPD qualifications for 20 years. Since joining the business, CMT has delivered over 300 CIPD qualifications or apprenticeship programmes.

In her capacity as Head of L&D for sister company of CMT and former National Apprentice Employer of the Year, Walter Smith Fine Foods Ltd, Emma is also Chair of the L&D and HR Apprenticeship Trailblazer Employer Group. Working closely with the CIPD, she has led this group through the challenging process of gaining approval for 4 Apprenticeship Standards and is currently leading on the development of a new Level 7 Senior People Professional Apprenticeship. The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education asked Emma to be a panel member on their review of the outline content for the new T level in HR. At the request of Ofqual, Emma has become an ‘external expert’ for HR/L&D related qualifications.

Emma is also the driving force behind CMT’s HR & L&D Apprentice residential experience in Snowdonia, used as a way of developing the behaviour elements of the Apprenticeship Standards and helping to promote self-management strategies for mental health and wellbeing.


Dr Janice Johnson Chartered CCIPD

Janice has successfully led, developed and managed post-graduate HR courses in De Montfort university and Bedfordshire university. Janice has designed principles-led Human Resource Management learning interventions to help her students develop their expertise and insight. Janice conducted PhD research into higher education institutes and found participants sharing experiences of working in universities where their policies and practices continued to be detrimental to people from a BAME background. Her research provided recommendations to try and help address this issue.

Currently at Coventry university Janice has strategic responsibility to ensure that post-graduate students across every subject discipline undertaken, develop the necessary people and personal skills demanded by employers for greater workforce efficiency in addition to their post-graduate degree.

Janice is also Chair of the CIPD Bedford and Milton Keynes branch, where she works tirelessly to ensure engaging and successful events and workshops take place. At Council she ensures important points are raised in an effort to improve the membership experience for all CIPD members, and she runs a distributed leadership model for the branch, ensuring the 46 committee members work together to offer 31 CPD sessions every year. Through her mediation, mentoring and coaching conversations, Janice has improved the cohesion and effectiveness of the branch.


Shokat Lal Chartered CCIPD

Shokat has worked in the public sector for 30 years, currently serving as Assistant Chief Executive for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and responsible for change and transformation, human resources and organisational development, democratic and scrutiny services and neighbourhoods. He is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and has overseen one of the fastest improving councils in the country.

Shokat previously worked at Coventry City Council where he managed several transformation programmes around customer/digital and business services, including a review involving over 1000 employees and resulting in around £6million savings.

Shokat also works in a voluntary capacity on many community cohesion projects and was Non-Executive Director in the NHS until earlier this year. For the last 3 years, Shokat has appeared on the HR Most Influential list and in 2007 he was awarded with National Training Manager of the Year.


Mike Morrison Chartered CCIPD

Mike has been a CIPD member for over 30 years. In this time, he has worked tirelessly to encourage member engagement, CPD and member networking. A committee member of the CIPD Central London Branch, Mike was also a CPD advisor for three years and working with a small team, planned and ran an annual 2-day L&D conference.

Mike was also at the forefront of the CIPD LinkedIn member group and for over 10 years ran the group, working tirelessly to support members, create engagement and make the online group a success, whilst also moderating and dealing with the general admin of managing an online group.

Mike has devoted a considerable amount of time during his 30 years of membership volunteering for the institute and being a CIPD advocate, helping to promote and remind members of the value of CIPD  membership.


Danny Mortimer Chartered CCIPD

Danny has been the Chief Executive at NHS Employers (the employers association for the English NHS, the largest employer in Europe) since November 2014. He is also Deputy Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation and a trustee of the NHS Retirement Fellowship and the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion. He often writes and speaks on workforce issues facing the NHS; including a session he ran at the CIPD Festival of Work 2019 on solving the productivity conundrum. He has worked in a variety of HR and managerial roles in the NHS since 1993, and first worked in the NHS as a porter in 1989.

In 2016 Danny worked to address the potential workforce consequences of Brexit by bringing together The Cavendish Coalition. He assembled a group of organisations from across the social care and health care sector within the UK, to help ensure that after Brexit, the organisations involved can continue to provide the best care to their patients, residents and communities. The group is now made up of 36 members and Danny continues to be chair of the group.


Paul O’Neill Chartered CCIPD

Paul has been in the Royal Air Force (RAF) for 28 years, most recently as the Head of Defence People Strategy at the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Whilst working in the RAF, Paul was able to use his in-depth HR knowledge to relate RAF processes to the wider context of employment law and practice, at a time when the Armed Forces operated in a protected legislative environment. Paul was appointed to work on policy, allowing him to set the direction for RAF personnel policy development. His ability to think one step ahead in HR development made him a formidable asset in sustaining operations in Turkey, Iraq and Afghanistan. Paul changed the RAF’s people approach from a transactional ‘admin’ model to one where practitioners are recognised as HR specialists. He also developed a new talent management programme for officers. He introduced new integrated training across the three Armed Services, linking with tertiary education centres which enabled a flow of fresh thinking to military HR training.

Paul’s last two years in the RAF were spent setting the direction for developments out to 2030, whilst also mentoring colleagues supporting reform of HR in the Afghan National Army and supporting MOD colleagues in pursuing CIPD accreditation.


Gordon Parkes Chartered CCIPD

Gordon has been the HR Director of NIE (Northern Ireland Electricity) Networks for over 19 years and he previously worked as HR Director in a number of large private sector companies in addition to 5 years as a Senior HR Consultant. He was awarded the CIPD Northern Ireland (NI) Chairs Special Award in 2017.

In his role at NIE Networks, Gordon established an employee engagement board which worked to improve the organisations performance through its people. His work on employee engagement led to Gordon and his NIE Networks team winning the Employee Engagement Award at the 2017 CIPD NI Awards and at the CIPD People Management (PM) Awards in London. Gordon has also played a key leadership role on the NIE Networks Apprenticeship Scheme, which won Best Apprenticeship Scheme at the 2019 CIPD PM Awards in London. The apprentice programme received the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) accreditation in September 2016 and currently is the only IET approved apprentice programme in Northern Ireland.

Gordon has also been involved in establishing significant outreach initiatives to attract young people into the Energy & Utility Sector and also in establishing ‘Skills NI, an event which helps 14-21-year olds decide how to achieve their career ambitions. Gordon involved the CIPD Northern Ireland branch to promote HR as a career option for students in Northern Ireland and is passionate about ensuring that young people make the right choices in their education that won’t restrict their career opportunities and can maximise their potential.


Stephen Taylor Chartered CCIPD

Stephen Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of Exeter Business School and also a Chief Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). He previously taught at Manchester Business School, at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and worked in a variety of HR management roles in the hotel industry and in the NHS.

Stephen teaches HRM and general management subjects as well as employment law at postgraduate and undergraduate level. Research interests include employee retention, the early careers of high achievers, occupational pensions and employment-related regulatory issues.

Stephen is the author / co-author of several books including six editions of 'People Resourcing', five editions of 'Employment Law: An Introduction' (with Astra Emir), 'The Employee Retention Handbook', 'Contemporary Issues in HRM', 'Recruiting and Retaining Graduate Talent' (with Shirley Jenner), seven editions of 'Human Resource Management' (with Derek Torrington, Laura Hall and Carol Atkinson) and two editions of ‘Armstrong’s Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice (with Michael Armstrong). He has edited and contributed to several other books on human resource management and is the author / co-author of dozens of papers and articles.

Stephen has acted as external examiner for several universities. He is a frequent speaker at HR conferences and ACAS events for employers. He has regularly represented parties in employment tribunals and also undertakes HR consultancy, tutoring and training work.


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