Do you know a top 40 power player?

On 13 June Personnel Today will be publishing its annual list of the most influential and powerful people in HR – the Personnel Today Top 40 Power Players.

To make sure we don’t miss out on any potential power players, we would like you to tell us who you think has had the most impact on people management over the past year. All you have to do is provide a name and organisation and one line on why they deserve to be on the list.

Please e-mail your suggestions to

And just in case you have forgotten last year’s line-up, here is the Personnel Today Top 40 Power Players 2005… 

  1. Neil Roden, group HR director, Royal Bank of Scotland 
  2. Clare Chapman, group HR director, Tesco
  3. Andrew Foster, HR director, NHS
  4. Digby Jones, director-general, Confederation of British Industry
  5. David Smith, people director, Asda
  6. Duncan Brown, assistant director-general, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  7. Alan Johnson, secretary of state, Department of Trade and Industry
  8. Martin Tiplady, HR director, Metropolitan Police
  9. Mark Serwotka, general secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union
  10. Geoff Armstrong, director-general, Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development
  11. David Blunkett, secretary of state, Department for Work and Pensions
  12. Paul Turner, general manager (people), West Bromwich Building Society
  13. Brendan Barber, general secretary, TUC
  14. Steve Harvey, chief operating officer, Goldsmiths
  15. Tony McCarthy and Kevin Green, respectively HR director and director of people and organisational development, Royal Mail
  16. Ruth Kelly, secretary of state, Department for Education and Skills
  17. Jan Parkinson, president, Society of Chief Personnel Officers
  18. Vance Kearney, vice-president HR EMEA, Oracle
  19. Rita Donaghy, chair, Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service
  20. William Gibbon, HR director, Barclays South Africa
  21. Stephen Dando, director, BBC People
  22. David Frost, director general, British Chambers of Commerce
  23. Dave Prentis, general secretary, Unison
  24. European Union
  25. Angela O’Connor, HR director, Crown Prosecution Service
  26. Paul Pagliari, senior director, HR Immigration and Nationality Directorate
  27. Alan Warner, corporate director (people and property), Hertfordshire County Council
  28. Julie Mellor, chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission
  29. Ruth Spellman, chief executive, Investors in People
  30. Paul Kearns, director, PWL
  31. Mike Cutt, HR director, B&Q – now HR director at Boots
  32. Ann Gillies, Lyn Pearson and Vikki England, HR team, WL Gore Associates
  33. Mary Chapman, chief executive, Chartered Management Institute
  34. Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology, Lancaster University, and founder, Robertson Cooper Consultancy
  35. Trevor Phillips, chairman, Commission for Racial Equality
  36. Guru, Personnel Today
  37. Will Hutton, chief executive, The Work Foundation
  38. Lynda Gratton, associate professor of management practice, London Business School
  39. Debbie Hewitt, managing director, RAC Roadside Services
  40. Linda Holbeche, director of research and strategy, Roffey Park

Want to know who was a power player in years gone by?

Personnel Today Top 40 power players 2005

Personnel Today Top 40 power players 2004

Personnel Today Top 40 power players 1999-2003

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