CIPD appoints three new vice presidents

A handful of top senior HR professionals have taken up new roles as vice presidents (VPs) at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Clare Chapman, Stephen Frost and Katharine Turner were appointed vice presidents of three different HR specialisms at the CIPD’s annual general meeting yesterday (7 December).

Chapman, director-general of Workforce NHS at the Department of Health, has become the VP for organisation, resourcing and talent planning.

Frost, head of diversity and inclusion at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, is the VP for diversity and inclusion.

Turner, practice leader of Towers Watson’s executive compensation team in the UK, is the new VP for performance and reward.


All three non-executive roles are two year appointments.

The CIPD has also given the post of company president to Gill Rider, head of civil service HR. This role will likewise last for two years.

Chapman, who is currently responsible for workforce issues in the NHS and social care system and has 20 years’ HR experience in the UK, the US and Europe, said: “As the director-general of workforce at the UK’s largest employer, I hope to be able to give the CIPD valuable insight into public sector HR and the challenges we face. I’m honoured to take up the role and look forward to helping shape the profession over the next two years.”

Speaking about the profession generally, Frost said that it was up to HR to encourage greater diversity and inclusion and to help organisations understand the business case for creating a workforce made up of many talents.

“In the lead up to the London 2012 Games, our challenge is to communicate and influence good practice. I hope to share this insight with the CIPD as we embark on that journey,” he added.

Turner said: “I’m delighted to be taking up this important role. Effective reward and performance are crucial aspects of people management and vital contributors to engagement and hence organisational effectiveness, particularly in times of austerity.”

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