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Professor Sir Cary Cooper elected as new CIPD President

The CIPD today announced that Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE Academic FCIPD will succeed Gill Rider CB as President of the CIPD.


Cooper is 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester 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 15th December 2015. The board nominated Cooper for the role, which is the most senior non-executive role within the CIPD, to support the CIPD on its mission to champion better work and working lives, by promoting the importance of good people management and development.


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


Peter Cheese, CIPD CEO, commented, “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 well-being 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.


Cooper said, "The CIPD has long championed how employee well-being is key to building high performing, productive workplaces and I’m delighted to be given the chance to work with the CIPD and its members to move this important agenda forward. Understanding the future of work and the workplace and the role of the HR and L&D professions is key to the strategic agenda for the CIPD, and I look forward to engaging in this wider debate with the CIPD and the communities it supports and engages with.”


Cooper’s role as president has an initial tenure of three years.

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