‘New’ CIPD chief executive | One year on – but what’s changed?

It’s been a year since the new chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has begun work.

Jackie Orme joined the CIPD in April 2008. At the time her appointment sparked surprise – and a little concern – from the HR profession as she was a largely unknown figure. Personnel Today even ran the article Jackie Who? in response to the number of HR practitioners that said just that.

But Ms. Who soon embarked on winning over her doubters. At Harrogate (the CIPD’s annual conference) she told delegates in her first keynote address that the shape of HR was changing. It was the CIPD’s role to lead that change, and help HR practitioners stay business-relevant. Orme promised to look at the CIPD qualifications on offer, and make them more worthy to the ‘ins and outs’ of daily business life.

Orme also announced a further change. Harrogate would become ‘Manchester’. But what else has she shouted about since taking over the hugely lucrative role (£300,000-per-year) at the Institute?  

Then, at Personnel Today’s HR directors club in October last year, Orme said HR was in the middle of a “quiet revolution”. The CIPD was looking at new routes to membership, for example.

In February this year Orme again outlined that things were about to change – she repeated calls for the the CIPD qualifications to become more business relevant.

And she spoke of a huge piece of research, apparently asking thousands of HR staff what they think about HR and the CIPD’s role, which will be launched any time in the next couple of months, she said.

But apart from talk of new qualifications, or routes to membership, how else do you think Jackie Orme has made a difference to the CIPD in her first year in the role?

Is it too early to tell? Or are you worried it is all talk and no action? What do you want to see the CIPD prioritise for the year ahead?

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