HRMI 2022: Kevin Empey, managing director, WorkMatters

Kevin Empey is founder and managing director of WorkMatters, an international future of work consulting and training firm set up in 2017 to help business leaders, HR practitioners and employees shape and navigate the changing world of work.

He is the author of Thrive In The Future of Work and a regular contributor to HR and business publications on future of work trends and the practical implications for organisations and their people.  

A former partner and director of Willis Towers Watson and head of its HR consulting practice in Ireland, Empey is also the director of the senior leadership programme in the Irish Management Institute. He has received several national and international awards for his contributions to future of work research, social entrepreneurship and employment and labour policy. 

A former CIPD National Council member, he was a member of the Irish Government’s Labour Market Council and the founder of Worklink, an internationally recognised not for profit, coaching and mentoring organisation set up to help unemployed jobseekers into full time employment. 

In 2014 he was the first individual recipient in the UK and Ireland of CIPD’s PACE Awards in recognition of his voluntary contribution to the HR profession and to employment activation.


Recommended reading:

Employers failing to use data for future workforce planning

Work reinvented: take the future of work in your own hands


Kevin Empey ranked 33rd on HR magazine’s list of HR Most Influential thinkers in 2022.

Find the full list of HR Most Influential 2022 practitioners and thinkers here.