Top 5 HR thinkers 2014

HR Magazine’s annual list of “Most Influential” individuals has been released. Here is our summary of the top 5 HR thinkers of this year:

1-     Cary Cooper, distinguished professor of organizational psychology and health, Lancaster University Management School

Cary Cooper is the author and editor of over 125 books. He has advised the World Health Organisation, ILO, and EU on matters of occupational health research and wellbeing and was chair of the Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease of the World Economic Forum (2009-2010). He currently chairs the Academy of Social Sciences. His overall efforts have been recognised through his award of Knighthood in 2014 for his contribution to the social sciences

2-     Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD

CIPD chief executive since 2012. His expertise in HR is reflected in the fact that he sits on the Council of City & Guilds and he is a European board director with Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe. Furthermore, he is an executive fellow at the London Business School, associated with the faculties of strategic management and organisational behaviour

3-     Rob Briner, professor of organisational psychology, School of Management, University of Bath

Rob Briner’s publishing and research have focused on several topics including wellbeing, emotions, stress, ethnicity, the psychological contract, absence from work, motivation, and everyday work behaviour. Briner is also enthusiastic about helping practitioners and companies make informed, evidence-based management decisions.

4-     David MacLeod, co-chair, Employee Engagement Task Force

David is co-chair of the government initiative, The Employee Engagement Task Force. He is also a visiting professor of Cass Business School, and a fellow of Ashridge Business School, the Institute of Marketing and of the RSA. His expertise and contributions are reflected in the fact he was awarded an OBE for services to employee engagement and business in 2013.

5-     Adrian Furnham, professor of psychology, University College London

Previously a lecturer in psychology in Oxford, Adrian Furnham has been professor of psychology at UCL since 1992. He is a fellow of the British Psychological Society and one of the most productive psychologists in the world. HR magazine has nominated Adrian as one of the 20 Most Influential People in HR since 2007. His expertise and knowledge are internationally renowned as he often speaks at conferences around the world.