Peter Cheese is the Chief Executive of the CIPD, the professional body for more than 140,000 HR and people development professionals around the world. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster, a member of the board of BPP University, and sits on the advisory board for the Open University Business School. He was previously Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management; and, until 2009, had a long career at Accenture culminating in a seven-year spell as Global Managing Director, during which he led the firm’s human capital and organisation consulting practice.