Chartered companion is one of the highest levels of recognition in the world of HR and people development. The CIPD's select group of Chartered companions are exceptional leaders who have a proven track record within organisations and have demonstrated exceptional impact on the profession over their careers. This is the highest accolade and level of membership awarded by the CIPD and final approval of new Chartered Companions is given by the CIPD Board based on recommendations by our Senior Leadership Team.

What makes someone a great Chartered Companion?

We're looking for individuals who through their careers have made a positive impact for the profession and our purpose of championing better work and working lives. A great Chartered Companion will have made an outstanding contribution against one or more of the following areas:

  • Having a track record of delivering results and change within their vocation
  • Being a positive influence on the profession, its body of knowledge, credibility, and reputation
  • Contributing to good work and society more broadly
  • Being an ambassador, advocate and promoter of the CIPD.

Please note that the criteria act as guidance only for nominators and decision-makers. Only the most exceptional nominees, based on the judgment of our Senior Leadership Team and final approval of our Board, will be progressed.


We are accepting nominations from members on an ongoing basis. Nominations can be made by anyone who is a Chartered Member, Chartered Fellow, Chartered Companion, Academic Member or Academic Fellow. Nominees must be a CIPD Chartered Fellow or Academic Fellow member. Nominations will initially be reviewed by members of our Senior Leadership Team. Those considered to be exceptional will be presented to the Board for final approval. This process can take up to several months. We will inform nominators of the outcome of the process as soon as possible.

(Download nomination form here):

CIPD Chartered companion nomination form

CIPD Chartered companion nomination form
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Valerie Hughes D'aeth

2022 Chartered Companions

Chartered companion membership recognises exceptional leaders who have not only a proven track record within organisations, but who have also demonstrated exceptional impact on the broad HR profession over their careers. It is the highest level of recognition in the world of HR and people development, and we are delighted to be able to announce those who have been newly appointed. Congratulations to all and thank you for your great contribution to the profession.

Valerie Hughes D’Aeth
CIPD Chair

In 2022 we were delighted to acknowledge the following members with Chartered companion membership:

Previous Years Chartered Companions