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HRMI 2018: Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge tops list of influential thinkers

Last night HR magazine unveiled its Most Influential rankings at Claridge's hotel

The HR Most Influential rankings, in partnership with LifeSight, recognise the HR practitioners and thinkers pushing people strategy forward. HR Most Influential is now in its 13th year.

Mee Yan Cheung-Judge, an academic OD practitioner and founder of Quality and Equality, took the coveted place of HR's Most Influential thinker.

Cheung-Judge was commended for her "resilience and generosity of spirit".

Commenting on her award she said: "I have a very ambivalent relationship towards awards for the individual. Because all of our achievements rest on the shoulders of giants we stand on. I'll never forget the professor who first helped me with my university application."

She added: "It is humbling to be an OD practitioner, and it's important that we continue to honour the trade. We need to celebrate HR because where would the world be without it? Go forth, the opportunities are there, the challenges are there. I absolutely adore HR people."

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, was announced as the second most influential thinker. Commenting on the recommendations made in his Modern Working Practices report in 2017, Taylor said: "If there is anything that I did that in any way helps you to win the argument in your organisation that valuing people is the path to becoming successful, then I am delighted to have helped you. Thank you."

Rob Briner, professor of organisational pyschology at Queen Mary University of London, came in at third place for his continued, tireless work on evidence-based HR.

"We all want to make a difference in HR, but we can't make a difference unless we really understand the problem," he said. "We're on the cusp of saying goodbye to the hundreds of fads in HR. I'm delighted. Evidence-based HR isn't going away, and neither am I."

The top 30 thinkers are as follows:

1 Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge Founder Quality and Equality
2 Matthew Taylor Chief executive RSA
3 Rob Briner Professor of organisational psychology School of Management Queen Mary University of London
4 Herminia Ibarra Charles Handy professor of organisational behaviour London Business School
5 Perry Timms Founder & chief energy officer PTHR
6 Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Professor of business psychology University College London and Columbia University
7 Adam Grant Professor of management Wharton School of Business University of Pennsylvania
8 Simon Sinek Speaker and consultant
9 Vlatka Hlupic Professor of business and management Westminster Business School
10 Wendy Hirsh Independent researcher & principal associate Institute for Employment Studies
11 Stephen Bevan Director employer research and consultancy Institute for Employment Studies
12 Amy Edmondson Novartis professor of leadership and management Harvard Business School
13 Gervase Bushe Professor of leadership and organization development Beedie School of Business Simon Fraser University
14 Patrick Wright Thomas C Vandiver Bicentennial Chair Darla Moore School of Business University of South Carolina
15 Amy Cuddy Associate professor Harvard Business School
16 Josh Bersin Principal and founder Bersin by Deloitte
17 Peter Cheese Chief executive CIPD
18 Steve Boese Co-chair of the HR Technology Conference and technology editor at LRP
19 Helena Morrissey Author and founder 30% Club
20 Megan Reitz Professor of leadership and dialogue Ashridge Hult
21 Patrick Lencioni Founder and president The Table Group
22 Susan Vinnicombe Professor of women and leadership Cranfield School of Management
23 Wayne Clarke Founding partner The Global Growth Institute
24 Meghan Biro Strategist analyst, author and speaker
25 Chris Roebuck Organisational success advisor Cass Business School
26 Linda Holbeche Adjunct professor The Holbeche Partnership
27 Jeffrey Pfeffer Thomas D Dee Ii Professor of organizational behavior Stanford Business School
28 Liz Mellon Executive director Authentic Leadership and Duke Corporate Education
29 Peter Cappelli George W Taylor professor of management Wharton School
30 Matthew Syed Journalist, writer and broadcaster

Visit the HR Most Influential website for profiles of all our listed individuals.