CIPD - New examiners
23 March 2001 -
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has made a number of appointments
to support its Professional Qualification Scheme. The Professional Qualification Scheme covers knowledge, understanding and competence in three
vital fields: core management, core personnel and development, and personnel and development
specialisms. There are professional standards in 22 specialist areas formalised
into elective modules. The five examiners will take up their roles from the May 2001 examinations.
The two new chief examiners and three new examiners are:
David Farnham, Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Portsmouth as
Chief Examiner - Core Personnel and Development. Professor Farnham teaches CIPD
programmes at postgraduate, diploma and masters levels. He has extensive examining experience as
an external examiner in the UK, as a moderator on overseas programmes, and as an examiner in
Core Management for the CIPD. A long-standing member of the CIPD's Quality Assurance
Panel, David Farnham has written text books for the CIPD including
Managing in a Business Context and
Employee Relations in Context.
"The Core Personnel and Development module of the CIPD's qualification scheme covers a broad
range of professional knowledge and skills but students meeting these standards enhance not
only their effectiveness with their present employer but also their career prospects within
the profession," says Professor Farnham.
Tina Stephens, Head of Wrexham Business School appointed as Chief
Examiner - Employee Reward. She has practical management experience at Marks and Spencers and Burton Group. She lectures, writes and advises on a wide range of human resource
issues at the business school, including employee reward, performance management and bullying
and harassment in the workplace. Tina Stephens has been an examiner for the CIPD in the core management subject
of Managing Activities.
"The range of reward issues for people management practitioners is huge, from the impact of
the minimum wage to debate on directors' pay," says Tina Stephens. "It is vital that personnel
professional understand and use the best of theory and practice."
The new examiners are:
Lynne Spencer as Examiner - Selection and Assessment. She has been a a consultant, lecturer,
trainer and researcher for the past ten years, specialising in areas such as selection,
assessment and career management. Previously she was a senior human resource practitioner at the BBC.
Lynne Spencer has been involved in major research studies for the Bar Council and the Lord
Stephen Taylor, Senior Lecturer for Human Resources Management at Manchester Metropolitan
University, appointed as Examiner - Managing in a Business Context. He has
taught at UMIST's Manchester School of Management and has had a number of HR roles in the petroleum
industry and the National Health Service. He is author or co-author of several books, including the
CIPD's text book on Employee Resourcing.
Miriam Orton, Director of Human Resources at Sheffield Hallam University appointed as
Examiner - Performance Management. She worked as an HR practitioner at board level in the public sector for the past ten years, including the
role of Director of Human Resources at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
"The Institute is committed to the enhancement of the quality of programmes leading to its
qualifications and membership, and these five new appointments will add significantly to
the strength of the current examining team," comments Judy Whittaker, CIPD director,
membership and education.
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