CIPD appoints new Deputy Chief Executive — Charged with helping lead delivery of ambition to champion better work and working lives

  18th June 2013      
 CIPD, Company News

The CIPD has today announced the appointment of Susannah Clements as its new Deputy Chief Executive.

Susannah joins the CIPD with 29 years’ experience in HR, change management and consulting, including time at Whitbread, Anglian Water, Care UK and PwC.  She holds an MBA from the London Business School and a degree from Cambridge University, and joins the CIPD from her current role as Group HR Director at Carillion.

Peter Cheese, CIPD Chief Executive, said: “Susannah Clements joins us as Deputy Chief Executive, where she will take lead responsibility for all of the CIPD’s research, policy and content, as well as overseeing our brand and marketing function. This is a critical role in enabling us to deliver on our purpose and stretching ambitions.  She brings the skills, the experience and the passion to position the CIPD and the profession we represent at the heart of the debate about the future of work, the changing nature of workforces and the culture and organisation of our workplaces.  She has the enthusiasm and the drive to help us translate our ambition into practical support that delivers real, meaningful change and benefits for individuals, for organisations, and for the economies and society in which we all live. I’m extremely pleased we’ve been able to appoint her to the role, and I look forward to her joining the team.”

Susannah Clements, the incoming Deputy Chief Executive of the CIPD, said: “I am delighted to be joining the CIPD in this centenary year. For me, as for so many other HR and learning and development professionals, the CIPD has been an important source of information and support in my career.

“But we have a bigger role than that, captured in the CIPD’s newly stated purpose of ‘championing better work and working lives’. That principle has guided my professional career and drives my passion for the profession and this role. It also encapsulates our key role in answering the questions that are at the top of CEOs’ agendas today — on culture, on skills, on the very future of work, HR should be the unquestioned place our leaders expect to turn to for answers. Our challenge at the CIPD, under Peter’s leadership, is to ensure we’re equipping our members and those they lead and serve to find those answers.”


Sept 2012 — date:      Group HR and Communications Director, Carillion plc
2010 — 2012:             Group HR and Communications Director, Care UK
2009 — 2010:             Interim Director, Learning and Development and Interim HR Director, Broadcasting, ITV
2009:                        Vice President, People, Orange UK
2004 — 2009:             Anglian Water Group, Group Director of HR, Change and Communications
2000 — 2004:             Independent HR and OD Consultant, where clients included Cancer Research UK, The Tussaud Group and Unite Group
1996 — 2000:            Whitbread plc, various senior roles, including Director of Human Resource Development for the Inns Division, and HR Director for Pizza Hut
1994 — 1996:            Head of Strategic Support Unit, English Nature
1991 — 1994:            Price Waterhouse management consultants
MBA, London Business School
BA (Hons) in History from Cambridge University
Susannah is Mum to Tom, 15, and Kathryn, 12.

Susannah will take up her post in September 2013.

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