HR Most Influential 2009

Our readers have spoken, and in the most in-depth investigation of its kind ever undertaken, have revealed who they consider to be the most influential names in HR in 2009. Siân Harrington examines the results of our exclusive survey, discovers why some practitioners and thinkers stand out from the crowd – and hears what fellow HR professionals really think about them.

Top 30 practitioners
2009 Name, title and company
1 David Fairhurst, senior VP/chief people office, McDonald’sr McDonald’s Restuarants Northern Europe, McDonalds Europe
2 Clare Chapman, director general, workforce, National Health Service
3 Martin Tiplady, director of human resources, Metropolitan Police Service
4 Imelda Walsh, HR director, Sainsbury’s
5 Angela O'Connor, chief people officer, National Policing Improvement Agency
6 Liane Hornsey, HR director, Google
7 Vance Kearney, vice president HR (EMEA), Oracle
8 Caroline Waters, director of people and policy, BT
9 Theresa Proctor, HR director, Tesco Stores
10 Richard Smelt, group HR director, Northern Rock
11 Catherine Glickman, group managing director, HR, Tesco
12 Helen Giles, HR director, Broadway
13 Stephen Dando, executive vice president and chief HR officer, Thomson Reuters
14 Stephen Moir, director of people and policy, Cambridgeshire County Council (and ex-president of PPMA)
15 Ann Almeida, group managing director, human resource, HSBC
16 Dave Gartenberg, HR director, Microsoft UK
17 Gillian Hibberd,corporate director (people and policy), Buckinghamshire County Council and president of the PPMA
18 Rachel Campbell, head of people management, KPMG
19 John Ainley, group HR director, Aviva
20 Tanith Dodge, HR director, Marks & Spencer
21 Gareth Williams, HR director, Diageo
22 Paula Larson, executive vice president human resources, Invensys
23 Graham White, director of HR, Westminster City Council
24 Anne Copeland, HR director, Department for Children, Schools & Families
25 Kevin White, director general, HR, Home Office
26 Alan Walters, vice president, HR, Unilever UK & Ireland
27 Stephen Kelly, group HR director, Logica
28 Claire Thomas, senior vice president, human resources, GlaxoSmithKline
29 Madalyn Brooks, HR director, UK and Ireland, Procter & Gamble
30 Hugh Mitchell, global head of HR, Royal Dutch Shell