Personnel Today Top 40 Power Players 2008: have your say

Personnel Today is calling on readers to tell us who you think should be included in the Top 40 Power Player list for 2008.

Later in the year, Personnel Today will be publishing its annual list of the most influential and powerful practitioners. The list marks the movers and shakers in the HR sector – individuals that have changed how people work within their own organisations and are visible and influential in the wider HR community.

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.

Last year, McDonald’s chief people officer David Fairhurst was crowned the top power player for his work at the fast-food giant.

Please e-mail your suggestions to personneltoday@rbi.co.uk

Top 40 Power Players 2007



  1. David Fairhurst, senior vice-president and chief people officer, McDonald’s
  2. Clare Chapman, workforce director general, Department of Health
  3. Neil Roden, group HR director, Royal Bank of Scotland
  4. Angela O’Connor, chief people officer, National Policing Improvement Agency
  5. Keith Cameron, HR director, Marks & Spencer
  6. Gill Rider, head of HR, Civil Service
  7. Martin Tiplady, HR director, Metropolitan Police
  8. Tony McCarthy, HR director, Royal Mail
  9. Tony Woodley, joint leader, Unite
  10. Dame Carol Black, national director for health and work
  11. Trevor Phillips, chairman, Commission for Equality & Human Rights (CEHR)
  12. Linda Holbeche, research and policy director, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  13. Sir Digby Jones, government skills envoy
  14. 2012 Olympics team: Wendy Cartwright, head of HR, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and Jean Tomlin, director of HR, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog)
  15. Caroline Waters, director of people and policy, BT
  16. Liane Hornsey, HR director, Google
  17. Susan Anderson, director of HR policy, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
  18. Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology, Lancaster University
  19. Paul Pagliari, director of change and corporate services, Scottish Executive
  20. David Smith, people director, Asda
  21. Duncan Brown, director, HR practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  22. Jan Parkinson, managing director, Local Government Employers
  23. Dave Prentis, general secretary, Unison
  24. Vance Kearney, vice-president HR EMEA, Oracle
  25. Stephen Kelly, director, BBC People
  26. Mark Serwotka, general secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)
  27. Martyn Phillips, HR director, B&Q
  28. Mike Cutt, HR director, Boots
  29. Stephen Moir, director of people and policy, Cambridgeshire County Council, and PPMA vice-president
  30. Martin Sawkins, HR director, The AA
  31. Philipa Hird, group HR director, ITV
  32. Alan Warner, director of people and property, Hertfordshire County Council
  33. David Yeandle, deputy director of employment policy, EEF (Engineering Employers Federation)
  34. Francesca Okosi, director, people and performance, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  35. Sally Jacobson, HR director, London & Quadrant Housing Association (L&Q Group)
  36. Mary Canavan, HR director, British Library
  37. Stephen Sidebottom, HR director, Nomura International
  38. Tim Miller, director, people, property and assurance, Standard Chartered Bank
  39. Wendy Dean, HR director, ANC Express
  40. Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice, London Business School

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