Jackie Orme starts work today as new CIPD chief executive

Jackie Orme has today taken up her post as chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Succeeding Geoff Armstrong, who retires in June, Orme is the first woman to land the £300,000-a-year top job at the professional body for HR.

Orme has previously worked in food chain Walkers and ASW, formerly part of British Steel (see CV, below).

Her most recent role was as chief personnel officer at the UK and Ireland division of food and drinks firm PepsiCo.

Orme said: “It is a great honour to be appointed to this role at the head of an HR profession that is growing in influence and standing. I’m looking forward to leading the CIPD’s work to develop and promote great practice in the management and development of people.”

News of Orme’s appointment caused surprise across the HR profession last year as she is a relatively unknown HR figure.

Gillian Hibberd, corporate director (people and policy) at Buckinghamshire County Council, told Personnel Today last year that Orme will need to work hard to raise her profile among HR practitioners.

“Orme isn’t a high-profile HR person, but that doesn’t mean she won’t do a good job. She will need to work hard to raise her profile.”

CV: Jackie Orme

2008- Chief executive, CIPD

2003-2008 Chief personnel officer and vice-president of HR, PepsiCo UK & Ireland

2000-2003 Vice-president of HR, Walkers Snack Foods

1999-2000 HR director, operations, Walkers

1998-1999 organisational development manager, Walkers

1995-1997 HR manager, Walkers

1991-1995 HR manager, ASW (formerly part of British Steel)

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