Choosing the right HR software is just one side of the coin for a successful HR professional; keeping up with the latest ideas and ways of working is the other. As we enter a new decade and wonder about the latest trends and innovations, content on ‘What’s new in 2020’ is coming out thick and fast.

But, who are the people we should really be listening to, and why?

Top HR influencer to follow

There are a lot of inspiring HR leaders in the marketplace, so any list of influencers is never exhaustive; below are just some of the people we’ll be following in 2020.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper

As the CIPD’s President since 2015, Professor Sir Cary Cooper is a leading figure in the HR world. A LinkedIn recommendation for Sir Cooper notes: ‘On the one hand Cary knows his stuff and is very thorough, on the other he is one of the most dependable, pleasant and motivating scientists I have worked with.’

Sir Cooper is a Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, and a 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He’s regularly quoted in HR publications and guest authors articles on wellbeing and issues surrounding CIPD’s mantra of ‘championing better work and working lives’.

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Dr Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge

Dr Cheung-Judge is an expert in organisational development, and her work has been influential across the globe. She consulted with the United Arab Emirates media on their 24-month transformation programme, and has also worked with Singapore on a nationwide change project. Her work with the BBC is impressive – running a change programme that included 17,000 people.

She describes herself as a ‘scholar-educator-practitioner’, and she’s currently a Senior Visiting Fellow of both Roffey Park Management Institute and the Singapore Civil Service College. Dr Cheung-Judge has an interesting library of blogs, articles and posts, reflecting her diverse experience, on her website, LinkedIn and Twitter on issues relating to OD and change. She is also the co-author of the book: Organization Development: A Practitioner’s Guide for OD and HR, alongside Linda Holbeche.

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Perry Timms

I had the pleasure of working with Perry when I was at the CIPD. His energy and innovative approach were clear from the get-go. On LinkedIn, Perry states: ‘My mission is to connect people and bring about better business for a better world.’ He wears many hats in working towards this goal, including Founder and Chief Energy Officer for People and Transformational HR Ltd, Visiting Fellow for Cranfield School of Management, Associate at The Work Foundation, and Learning and Development Advisory Group Member for the CIPD.

Perry is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, and is regularly quoted in CIPD’s highly respected publication: People Management. He is also the author of Transformational HR: How Human Resources Can Create Value and Impact Business Strategy. Perry is someone to follow if you’re looking for new ideas and solutions for people and HR challenges.

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Ann Pickering

As the CHRO and Chief of Staff for O2 (Telefónica UK), Ann offers invaluable practitioner insight into the HR world. Her influence in the industry was recognised in 2018 when she was named number one ‘Most Influential Practitioner’ in the UK by HR Magazine.

Ann is also well known in the HR world as a presenter. Her speaking opportunities include the recent CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition: a panel discussion on ‘Putting the people profession at the heart of Good Work’, and a talk on ‘The courage of speaking up – increasing your impact, profile and influence’. I worked with Ann when I was a conference producer for the CIPD events team, and I’ve enjoyed following her career.

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