2021 nominations open for CIPD’s highest accolade

The nominations for 2021 CIPD chartered companion status – a highly regarded accolade within HR – were opened on 1 January.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says the award of chartered companion status is the world’s highest level of recognition in the world of HR and people development.

Nominees are judged on their exceptional leadership qualities and their influence on the profession over their careers and are selected as chartered companions directly by the CIPD board. It is the highest accolade and level of membership awarded by the professional body.

The CIPD says it is looking “for individuals who through their careers have made a positive impact for the profession and our purpose of championing better work and working lives.”

In addition to a track record of delivering results and change, to be successful nominees must demonstrate their positive impact on HR’s body of knowledge, credibility and reputation. They also have to have contributed to “good work” and have benefitted society in some way. Being an “ambassador, advocate and promoter of the CIPD” is also necessary.

Nominations can be made by any CIPD member who is a chartered member, chartered fellow, chartered companions, academic member or academic fellow. Nominees must be a CIPD chartered fellow or academic fellow member.

David D’Souza, membership director at the CIPD, said: “Our chartered companions have reached the highest level of recognition in the world of HR and people development and we congratulate them on this achievement.

“While the Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the critical function of HR, chartered companion status allows us to recognise individuals that have made a positive and lasting impact on the profession, and wider world of work, during the course of their careers.”

There isn’t a set number of nominations or statuses given out each year but the numbers given the award are similar each year.

The nomination window closes on 17 May 2021 – click here for the nomination form.

The following 2020 nominees were given chartered companion status this year:

  • David Blackburn (chief people officer at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme)
  • David Cagney (chief HR officer for the Irish Civil Service)
  • Professor David Clutterbuck (co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council)
  • Professor Nelarine Cornelius (associate dean, people, culture and inclusion at Queen Mary University of London)
  • Frank Douglas (CEO of Caerus Executive)
  • Low Peck Kem (chief HR officer for the Singapore Public Service)
  • John Kenney (membership upgrading assessor for CIPD, formerly at Boots Group)
  • Judy Madavo (executive head of operations and HR, Wesbank, South Africa)
  • Stephen Moir (executive director of resources for the City of Edinburgh Council)
  • Jean-Pierre Noel (MBA tutor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and executive reward specialist)
  • Therese Procter (chief people officer for Tesco Bank from 2008 to 2016, global adviser for Wagestream)
  • Maureen Royce (associate dean and HR/CIPD programmes leader in Liverpool Business School at John Moores University)
  • Siobhán Sheridan (civilian HR director for the Ministry of Defence)
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