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.

2022 Nominations

Nominations for 2022 will open on 01 January 2022.

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.

2021 Chartered Companions

Valerie Hughes D’Aeth - CIPD Chair

The last 18 months have been incredibly challenging for the HR profession, but at the same time have provided us with great opportunities to influence how work and working lives can be improved for everyone. We re-opened up the nomination process for CIPD Chartered Companion membership at the beginning of 2021 and were very impressed with the standard of nominations submitted.

Chartered Companion membership recognises exceptional leaders who have not only a proven track record within organisations, but who have also demonstrated exceptional impact on the broad HR profession over their careers. It is the highest level of recognition in the world of HR and people development, and we are delighted to be able to announce those who have been newly appointed.

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.

Valerie Hughes D’Aeth
CIPD Chair

In 2021 we were delighted to acknowledge the following members with Chartered Companion membership:

Alison Hodgson Chartered CCIPD

Alison Hodgson Chartered CCIPD

Alison has worked in the people profession for over 25 years, in both the private and public sectors. She is currently the Vice President of People at Virgin Media Ireland. Alison has been sitting on boards and senior leadership teams for ten years. Currently, she chairs the Irish Business and Employers Confederation Pension Committee where she is leading the share of voice for employers with government and relevant bodies, during a time when auto-enrolment is imminent for Ireland. Alison was previously Chair of the National Committee, and took on the Chair of CIPD Ireland CLG in 2021.


Daniel (Don) Hegarty Chartered CCIPD

Daniel (Don) Hegarty Chartered CCIPD

Don became involved with the Southern Branch of CIPD Ireland in the Mid 1970s and continues to this day. He was elected to the Committee for over 30 years and served as Vice Chairman, Chairman and Secretary. Don served on the Irish National Executive for twenty five years during which time he Chaired two National Conferences. He worked with University of Limerick, 1977, Cork Institute of Technology [CIT] 1982 and University College, Cork , [UCC] to develop H R Courses. He acted as External Examiner at both CIT and UCC. He became HR Director of GSK, and was later appointed to Ireland’ Employment Tribunal. When the service was reorganised in 2015 setting up the Workplace Relations Commission, he was one of a small group selected to stay on. He Chairs the Trustee Board of two Pension Schemes.


Olive Strachan MBE Chartered CCIPD

Olive Strachan MBE Chartered CCIPD

Olive is the founder of Olive Strachan Resources and has spent over 20 years coaching and developing leaders across the world, working with boards and board directors helping them with performance, planning and creating diverse and inclusive organisations. As an L&D and I&D expert, Olive has been asked to speak at many high-profile conferences and events around the world either as a keynote speaker, a motivational speaker or as a panellist to share her expertise. She has been Vice-Chair and then Chair of the CIPD Manchester Branch. She acted as a Council representative for the branch as well as supporting the development of the regional HR leaders’ network.


Dr Neil Wooding Chartered CCIPD

Dr Neil Wooding Chartered CCIPD

Following a successful career in public service, Neil joined the Ministry of Justice in February 2018 as Chief People Officer. He has recently taken up an executive role within the Cabinet Office to lead on HR professional standards across government. During his career, he has worked across the spectrum of public services, building a unique portfolio of experience in the field of change, leadership and innovation.

Neil has published several papers on leadership and management development and spent time at the JFK School of Government developing new approaches to leadership learning. Internationally recognised for his expertise, he has worked in Scandinavia, the United States, Canada, India and sub-Saharan Africa to promote transformational change. Between 2001 and 2009, he served as a Commissioner for Equality and Human Rights for Wales and led several UK Inquiries into Part-Time and Migrant labour and Human Rights. During the same period, he was a Trustee of Stonewall UK. In 2016, he was appointed a Trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation Trust.


Debbie Hewitt MBE Chartered CCIPD

Debbie Hewitt MBE Chartered CCIPD

In the early part of her career Debbie was an HR Director, since moving on to have a highly successful general management career as a CEO and Chair. Debbie has sat on the Board of many different businesses and has led or played a key role in numerous transformations. In 2011 she was awarded an MBE for services to Business and the Public Sector. Debbie is a regular speaker at conferences and an active participant across industry initiatives, specifically focusing on the role of HR and how it adds value. As an individual who broke through the “glass ceiling” by becoming the first-ever female CEO of RAC and one of the first female FTSE 250 Chairs, inclusion and diversity has been a cause she wholeheartedly embraces. She is a member of the Women in Hospitality Advisory Board which champions gender diversity across the hospitality sector and in September 2021 was included in Vogue 25 – British Vogue's annual list of the UK's 25 most influential women. She is currently the Chair of Visa Europe, The Restaurant Group plc (stepping down in December 2021), BGL Group and White Stuff. In January 2022 she will become The Football Association’s first female Chair in its 157-year history.


Dr Duncan Brown Chartered CCIPD

Dr Duncan Brown Chartered CCIPD

Duncan has been a CIPD member for 40 years. He joined the West London branch committee in 1990 and still regularly attends. Most of his career has been spent in HR consulting, specialising in pay and equality work. He has advised the government on a range of issues including pay determination for doctors, Armed Forces personnel and the judiciary. He was closely involved in developing the UK’s gender pay reporting regulations and also worked on the recent gender pay gap in medicine review. He has written extensively, and he is the author of the new CIPD guide on Ethnicity Pay Reporting and wrote the recent update to the gender pay reporting guide. Duncan was the Assistant Director-General at the CIPD from 2002 until 2007, he is currently a trustee of the CIPD pension scheme, he has served as Chair of the CIPD’s Reward Forum and also lectures on CIPD HR Masters programmes at several universities. Duncan has a PhD in reward strategy. He is a Board trustee at the High Pay Centre, Involvement and Participation Association and Pensions Policy Institute.


Yetunde Hofmann Chartered CCIPD

Yetunde Hofmann Chartered CCIPD

Yetunde has built a successful, fast‐paced career in FTSE 100 and global companies and is now a portfolio non-executive director sitting on the boards of organisations across a variety of industry sectors. She is currently Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Treatt Plc, a global listed company as well as being a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees and is a Board Trustee at the Institute of Business Ethics. Yetunde is also the Founder of Solaris, a global executive leadership development programme targeted at the black female executive. Yetunde was Non-Executive Director for the CIPD from 2015 to 2021 and chair of the People, Culture and Remuneration Committee from 2019, contributing to the organisation's strategic direction and its future development and sustainability. She has been a frequent participant at CIPD events and a public champion for the CIPD’s work.


Eugenio Pirri Chartered CCIPD

Eugenio Pirri Chartered CCIPD

Eugenio is the Chief People and Culture Officer and Global Diversity Champion at the Dorchester Collection where his People and Culture Team has worked to drive people and guest engagement, talent strategy and innovation. He has worked with several organisations including Stonewall and the United Nations on LGBT issues, as well as championing inclusion and belonging within his organisation.

Eugenio is highly committed to sharing his expertise to develop the HR profession, serving in advisory board level roles for four Universities based in Switzerland and Dubai and mentoring junior people leaders, including recently taking part in the CIPD Aspiring HRD Mentoring Programme.


Wendy Cartwright Chartered CCIPD

Wendy Cartwright Chartered CCIPD

Wendy has held several senior HR and corporate service roles in both the private and public sectors. These include HR Director at London 2012 for the Olympic Delivery Authority, where she was recognised with ‘HR Director of the Year’ in the HR distinction awards. She has most recently worked at the start-up phase in major projects, delivering significant change within complex, challenging environments. Wendy contributes to knowledge-sharing across the profession, sits on several advisory boards, and often chairs or speaks at events.


Gary Rees Chartered CCIPD

Gary Rees Chartered CCIPD

Is Head of Organisational Studies and Human Resource Management at Portsmouth Business School where he teaches Strategic Human Resource Management and Strategic Change. Gary has led CIPD programmes through a range of validations and revalidations over the last 20 years, leading to 1000s of newly qualified home and international students and in addition, hundreds of Royal Navy staff becoming CIPD qualified. Internationally, the introduction of a contextualised MSc HRM in the Cayman Islands in 2000 has led to the growth of CIPD qualified members going from one to over a hundred on the islands.

Gary has been an External Examiner for several universities and is a member of the CIPD’ Qualifications Advisory Group as well as the CIPD's Special Circumstances Panel.

Gary has written 38 textbook chapters and authored/co-authored 3 best selling textbooks. His forthcoming book is with Laurie J Mullins on Management and Organisational Behaviour (2023) through Pearson Publishing.


Hayley Tatum Chartered CCIPD

Hayley Tatum Chartered CCIPD

Hayley is the Executive Director and Senior Vice President for People at Asda, where she has led the development of a high-quality people strategy, transforming and modernising HR over five years. She has contributed to the leadership of Walmart’s International People Strategy benefitting over one million associates across 26 countries. As part of this, she has built an advanced model of line manager accountability, and world-class shared services underpinned by her strategic people function. Hayley promotes academic and professional development, continuous learning and the professionalisation of HR as a practice. She is also an active leader within and former Chair of the Business in the Community Leadership & Skills Committee where she seeks to use her business insight to advance learning and development.


James Cullens Chartered CCIPD

James Cullens Chartered CCIPD

Since 2017 James has been the Executive Vice President for Human Resources at SNC-Lavalin, a Montreal based global Engineering and Project Management firm. He has held HR roles in public and private sector companies for over 30 years, and for the last 25 years has headed global HR functions and been a member of the executive and management boards in the FTSE 50, FTSE250, DAX30 and TSX60. He has delivered significant people change across several international organisations of scale. James has also held Non-Executive Director roles at the CIPD, the Open University Business School and African Oxygen and written numerous publications.


Karen Dumain Chartered CCIPD

Karen Dumain Chartered CCIPD

Karen is a National OD Lead for the NHS and is co-lead for Do OD, the expert resource for OD in the NHS. She is recognised as a leading voice in the field of OD in the NHS and beyond, significantly contributing to raising the profile, scope and impact of OD. Instrumental in the design & delivery of national OD capability programmes & utilising her experience and expertise to coach, mentor and influence the future OD development and career frameworks for all those working in OD.

Karen is an advocate and passionate champion of CIPD and what it stands for. This is highlighted through the strategic partnership work of Do OD and the NHS People Directorate to develop a future focussed joined-up approach to OD and HR development. Karen also currently sits on the Board for ODN Europe and has co-authored papers, book chapters and numerous blogs and articles – a critical thinker committed to evolve the theory and practice of OD to make a difference.


Peter McLinn Chartered CCIPD

Peter McLinn Chartered CCIPD

Peter has acted in senior HR roles with various organisations and has also operated as a HR consultant both in the UK and overseas, in particular the Middle East, where he was an advocate for the CIPD and the HR profession, providing advice, coaching and support to UAE organisations.

Peter has been an active member of his local CIPD branch, Tees Valley for over 30 years. He supports members and committee members/chairs providing advice, support and development and works collaboratively with the CIPD teams to drive improvements, support/lead events/activities and influence key decisions as appropriate. Five years ago Peter was appointed as the Northern Area Partnership Co-Chair, leading 10 North of England branches and promoting CIPD and HR practice/development for HR leaders and professionals at all levels within the region, through regional events, conferences and activities.


Angela O’Connor Chartered CCIPD

Angela O’Connor Chartered CCIPD

Angela is the founder & CEO of The HR Lounge. Her experience in HR spans over 30 years including CPO at the National Policing Improvement Agency, HRD at the Crown Prosecution Service & three London local authorities. Angela has received many awards including three HRD of the year awards. She was the first civil service president of the PPMA (Public Sector People Managers’ Association) in the organisation’s history. She is the immediate past president of the HR Society & visiting Professor of HRM at a London University. Angela launched the HR Lounge in 2011 - a boutique consultancy that offers a unique blend of HR services. Her goals are to help organisations achieve the best through strategic HR advice, & robust HR practices. Her company employs experienced HR experts at the top of their profession.

Her real passion lies in making HR simple & effective for clients helping to create flourishing work environments where people succeed. She has a track record of tackling inequalities in employment at all levels, & creating a distinct line of sight between HR activities customers & citizens. She is an ILM qualified executive coach, mediator & NLP practitioner. She was named as one of the top 10 HR practitioners of the last decade by HR Magazine.


Paul Boustead Chartered CCIPD

Paul Boustead Chartered CCIPD

Paul has a 20-year track record of achievement in higher education, the NHS and public service organisations. He has been the Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness at Lancaster University since 2014, where he has transformed the people management function. In this period the performance of Lancaster University has increased rapidly resulting in being awarded the Times University of the Year Award and being recognised as one of the best employers in the sector. Paul advocates for the HR profession in the media and is an invited speaker at many events within and beyond HR and higher education, as well as being actively committed to his local CIPD branch and acting as a non-executive & governor on public sector organisation boards in Lancashire and Cumbria.


Valerie Todd CBE Chartered CCIPD

Valerie Todd CBE Chartered CCIPD

Valerie started her career in local government working for the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Havering and Newham before moving on to senior HR roles in Transport for London and Crossrail. Since 2018, Valerie has been UK HR Director at Siemens, with the role recently expanded to incorporate a role as Global Head of HR Ecosystem-Operations. Valerie founded the Women’s Transportation Seminar London, set up to maximise the potential of women working in the industry and support their professional development. She also led the development of Crossrail’s Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy which enabled the development of thousands of people looking to work and pursue careers in the construction industry.

Valerie has held several non-executive roles including with the British Army Executive Board, Pearson Education Ltd, the CBI Skills and Employment Board and Chair of the Investors in People. In 2014 Valerie was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen with a CBE for services to skills, youth employment and equality and coaches and mentors talent from diverse backgrounds whenever possible.


Rupert McNeil Chartered CCIPD

Rupert McNeil Chartered CCIPD

Rupert is the Government Chief People Officer for the UK Civil Service where he has driven the modernisation of the People and HR function, championing smarter working, inclusion and diversity, and improved employee experience. As lead for the HR profession in the Civil Service, Rupert has driven significant improvements to the skills, ways of working, career pathways and engagement of over 3,500 HR professionals. Rupert was involved in the creation and signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CIPD and CSHR, which has had a significant and positive impact on the HR profession across the Civil Service, including over 160 HR colleagues achieving CIPD membership so far.


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