Loughborough Alumni


30 May 2019

CEO shares HR insights in latest Personal Best talk

Alumnus Peter Cheese visited campus on Wednesday 29 May to share his story with staff and students at the University.

Peter is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

He began his career at Accenture after he graduated with a degree in Ergonomics in 1979 from Loughborough. Most recently, Peter spent time in his career giving back to a range of organisations in an advisory role, before becoming the CEO of the CIPD in 2012.

The alumnus talked about the beginnings of his career, and the impact that his time at Loughborough had on his journey. He reminisced on experiences at the University – and is still good friends with the people he met at Loughborough.

He talked passionately about the future of work and how global, technological and demographic changes may affect the jobs of the future.

Later, Peter discussed his experiences as a HR professional, and what he has learned as the CEO of the CIPD. He also touched on the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), an organisation where he used to be Chairman.

Some of the top tips shared by Peter to apply to working life included “be curious and never stop learning”, “failure is the best way to learn” and “seek purpose and meaning”.

Peter was keen to encourage attendees to always look for solutions to problems, and to be proactive in managing working life.

The talk was delivered as part of the Careers Network “Personal Best: My Story” series, where alumni share their career journeys and top tips with students.

Thank you to Peter for volunteering his time.

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