HR leader loses cancer fight

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THE woman who transformed the professional body for human resources has died after a battle with cancer.

Jackie Orme, left, whose parents Roy and Dorothy Chadwick live in West Stow, became chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in 2008. She died from pancreatic cancer last Thursday.

When she joined CIPD, after a high profile career in HR, she set about a radical review of professional standards which resulted in the institute publishing its HR Profession Map within a year.

Gill Rider, president of CIPD, said: “All of us at the CIPD are devastated by Jackie’s death. We have lost an inspirational leader who was so ambitious for our HR profession.”

She was born on August 14, 1965, in Beaconsfield, and the family moved to the Bahamas when Jackie was a few weeks old with Jackie’s father’s work for Coca Cola. They moved to Puerta Rico to the UK when she was eight. They moved to West Stow when she was 13 and Jackie went to Culford School.

Jackie is survived by her husband David and their daughters, Sophie and Jessica.