Professor Sir Cary Cooper elected as new CIPD President


The CIPD today announced that Professor Sir Cary Cooper will succeed Gill Rider CB as President of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

One of the most distinguished voices on people management, Cooper is world-renowned for his ground-breaking research and insights into health and well-being in the workplace. He is 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School and the author of over 120 books on subjects including occupational stress, women at work, and industrial and organisational psychology.

His election as the new CIPD President took place at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on 15 December 2015. The Board nominated Sir Cary for the role, which is the most senior non-executive role within the CIPD, to support the CIPD on its mission in promoting the HR and L&D professions and in its wider purpose of championing better work and working lives.

Cooper has had a number of connections with the CIPD over the years on matters relating to the wellbeing agenda and creating better workplaces. Most recently, in November 2015, he opened the CIPD’s Annual Conference with a key note on mental capital and wellbeing at work.

Peter Cheese, CIPD CEO, comments: “We are thrilled to officially welcome Cary into the CIPD family. As an ambassador at the highest level with a natural ability to inspire those around him, Cary’s passion for wellbeing in the workplace is second to none. His passion for the people agenda within business makes him an ideal representative and spokesperson to support the CIPD in its purpose of championing better work and working lives. We are delighted that he has accepted the role of CIPD President and look forward to working with him to build the profession for the future and help champion better workplaces and working opportunities.”

Cooper comments: “The fast changing nature of work means there’s never been a more crucial time for organisations to put wellbeing at the heart of their culture. The CIPD has long championed how employee wellbeing is key to building high performing, productive workplaces and I’m delighted to be given the chance to work with the CIPD and its membership to move this important agenda forward. Healthy workplaces are productive workplaces and it’s so important that, together, we ensure that businesses are hearing and acting on this message.”

Cooper’s role as president has an initial tenure of three years and he succeeds Gill Rider who has held the role since December 2010.


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