Professor Cary Cooper inducted into HR’s Most Influential Hall of Fame


Alliance Manchester Business School’s 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Sir Cary Cooper, has joined a select few after being inducted into HR magazine’s Most Influential Hall of Fame.

Professor Cooper received the magazine’s lifetime achievement award at its prestigious event at Claridge’s hotel in London this week.

Professor Cooper said: “I feel really honoured and humbled to receive this accolade. Given that a large panel of leading HR Directors decides this honour, it is doubly significant particularly that these HR Directors feel my research has had an impact on the quality of people’s lives at work. It has also affirmed that the HR profession supports my passion for workplace wellbeing, providing a ‘good work day’ for all.”

Each year HR magazine compiles the HR Most Influential rankings to find the definitive lists of directors and thinkers who have the greatest influence in the field of people strategy.

The Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to HR over the course of their career.

Katie Jacobs, Editor of HR commented on Professor Cooper’s contribution to the field: “At HR magazine, we celebrate those pushing the boundaries of people strategy through their practice and thinking via the HR Most Influential rankings. This year, we are delighted to induct Cary Cooper into the HR Most Influential Hall of Fame, where he joins five others.

“The HR profession is truly lucky to count Cary as one of its own. He has worked tirelessly over the course of his career to promote the importance of wellbeing in the workplace, bringing the concept to a wider audience through his regular media contribution. He is incredibly generous with his time and knowledge, and there are many HR practitioners who have benefited from his work.

“We know from engaging with the senior HR practitioner audience just how highly they rate Cary and all that he has done for the HR profession and workplace wellbeing. It is hard to think of a more deserving beneficiary of this lifetime achievement award.”

Professor Cooper has featured in the rankings previously for his contributions to workplace wellbeing research and he presides over a number of associations.

He is president of the CIPD, chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, president of Relate, a clinical advisor to Anxiety UK, president of the Institute of Welfare and immediate past president of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is also a director of wellbeing specialists and business psychologists at Robertson Cooper, which he set up in 1999 with Ivan Robertson.

He regularly discusses wellbeing issues in the media, helping to highlight the importance of his work to an even wider audience.

Angela O’Connor, CEO of the HR Lounge and one of the HR Most Influential judging panel, said of Cooper: “His work changes lives for the better. He is a consummate professional, a brilliant communicator, and a global spokesperson for the benefits of stress reduction for business success. We are lucky to count him as one of us in our profession.”



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