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Will Hutton

Will Hutton

Principal, Hertford College, Oxford University and chair of the Big Innovation Centre

Sunday 11 Sep 2011
Jackie Orme, CIPD chief executive takes the organisation to Asia

Jackie Orme, CIPD chief executive takes the organisation to Asia

The move to open an office in Singaporecomes after the organisation found a third of its members reported international responsibilities form part of their roles and current and potential members want and expect more international insight and global reach.

The CIPD's chief executive Jackie Orme, said: "A greater international profile for the CIPD will serve to raise the profile and strengthen the credibility of CIPD professional membership as the professional badge of competence for HR professionals operating on a global stage - to the benefit of existing and future members.

"We believe the only way we can deliver truly global reach and insight is to establish ourselves more comprehensively in other parts of the world.

"Singapore hosts the regional headquarters of a large number of multinational corporations. It boasts a high quality education sector, and an already established track record in acting as a regional centre for learning - hosting regional bases for Western higher education establishments and 'corporate universities' for multinationals. It also offers the ideal geographic hub to give us access to the high growth Asia region. The Singapore Government has actively supported our plans to locate our regional base there. They see a strong fit between our plans and their own ambition to establish Singapore as 'a talent hub for the region'.

"We'll also be working to establish productive partnerships with respected local education providers. And we've already seen plenty of examples of innovation and agility in HR in the region - just the kind of examples we'll be looking to learn from and capture, for the benefit of CIPD members operating in the UK and around the world.

"This is an exciting moment for the CIPD. We already attract global respect and credibility. But I'm frequently
challenged by HR professionals who don't believe we're as equipped as we could be to reflect and support the international profession in which they operate. They have growing global expectations of their professional body. CIPD Asia will help us to change those perceptions and meet those expectations."