Your chance to nominate HR's Most Influential

HR magazine would like to hear who you think has been the most influential person in the field of people strategy over the past 12 months.

The HR Most Influential ranking is the definitive list of influential practitioners and thinkers. Now in its eighth year, the list features the people whose ideas and actions are shaping HR in both the UK and globally.

This year we would like to gain more input from the HR community. Who do you think is influential - and why?

This is not a list for those who spend all their time on the conference circuit, nor those whose ideas are theoretical not practical. It is based on criteria including challenging conventional thinking in HR, bringing credibility to HR both inside and outside the business, playing an ambassadorial role, commanding the respect of peers and key stakeholders, adding real value to the business and being visionary and transformational.

Let us know who you think meets these criteria. We are looking for the most influential HR practitioners, UK thinkers and international thinkers. We want to know who are the most influential HR professionals in industry sectors - in retail, financial services, manufacturing, professional services and so on. Which academics are having an impact on your thinking and practice? Which consultants are making a difference in HR? Who is proving influential in small businesses?

The ranking is compiled in association with Ashridge Business School and nominations will go through to a long-listing panel, before being debated by experts to whittle it down. The shortlist will then be put to our readers to rank, with the results unveiled in September.

Here's what 2012 sponsors Ceridian and KPMG have to say about HR Most Influential.

"Ceridian is delighted to be associated with HR Most Influential, which has become more and more of a force with each passing year. It is ever more important to recognise great HR influence and leadership as the people agenda grows still further in importance, both here in the UK and increasingly, globally," says Ceridian UK and Ireland managing director Doug Sawers.

"Increasingly in our society we seem to be let down by the behavior of individuals, businesses and should-be respected institutions. This needs to be countered by placing more emphasis on values, which in turn need to be personified in our HR leaders of today and for the future. This listing exhibits the best and most influential in this respect, and hence carries more weight than ever before."

Robert Bolton, partner in KPMG Management Consulting and global chairman of the firm's HR Centre of Excellence, adds: "HR Most Influential reminds us that HR can and should seek to drive significant organisation value and improve the experience and performance of employees in the world of work. HR Most Influential is a welcome antidote to the view that HR is a 'back-office' cost.''

Last year's ranking can be found on our dedicated website This year we want to make the ranking bigger and more comprehensive. So please help us.

Email your names and reason why you think they are influential to the editor at marking your email HR Most Influential 2013. All nominations will be treated confidentially.

Alternatively let us know who you think should qualify via Twitter @HRMostInf, on our HR magazine LinkedIn site or on

Please get your nominations to us by 8 April 2013. We look forward to discovering who is influencing you!