Sadly, Jackie Orme lost her fight against pancreatic cancer on 19th July, less than 11 months after being diagnosed. Jackie fought her illness with the same qualities with which she lived her life, courage, dignity and determination. And with the support of so many wonderful friends and family. She was only 46.
Jackie touched so many lives, both personally and professionally. Her family was always at the centre of her life, and she of theirs. Whilst managing a high profile career, she still always devoted herself first and foremost to her family. She leaves behind two wonderful daughters, Sophie, aged 13, and Jess, aged 11, as well as her husband David who she met at the University of Birmingham in 1984.
Jackie was Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the professional body responsible for HR and Training. Before taking up the leadership of the institute in 2008, Jackie worked in many different parts of the HR profession. After graduating from the University of Birmingham in 1987, where she studied modern history and politics, she worked at the Department of Employment, then in recruitment consultancy and then as graduate recruitment officer for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. But her four years in the early 1990s working as an HR manager in the steel industry showed Jackie that she thrived at the heart of a manufacturing environment. This led her to join Pepsico in 1995 as HR manager responsible for manufacturing and logistics at their Walkers Snack Foods factory in Swansea.
At Walkers, Jackie’s career really took off. In 1998 she took on responsibility for the company’s organisational and management development, before becoming HR director responsible for Operations, and then vice-president, HR of Pepsico, UK and Ireland.
Jackie could really connect with people on a personal and professional level, and had a way of making everyone feel important. But whatever the public face of Jackie, what really defined Jackie was her family and particularly her love as a mother. She was so proud of Sophie and Jess and her love and spirit will be with them forever, as will our memories of her sparkling blue eyes, her infectious laughter and incredible zest for life.