One of the first big challenges for Jackie Orme as CIPD chief executive will be to lead a drive to boost membership by 15% over the next two years.
Plans disclosed in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s annual report revealed that it has set a target of 150,000 members by 2010, with a “substantial” increase in those with chartered status.
Chartered members have to demonstrate three years’ relevant experience at management level, two of which must be in a specific personnel or development role. The CIPD currently has about 130,000 members – 48,000 of whom are chartered.
Plans also include improving relationships with large employers and exploring international opportunities.
The report revealed that Orme will be taking over a financially sound organisation next April, when she replaces retiring director-general Geoff Armstrong.
Income for 2006-07 was £35.2m, up £1m on 2005-06. After deducting a pension liability of £2.1m, the CIPD had a total of £29.3m in reserve to cover operating costs. Armstrong was paid £343,000 last year, and Orme can expect a similar deal.