“I feel privileged to have been nominated by my fellow Board Directors to succeed Paul as Chair. Together with Barbara Turner as Vice-Chair, we recognise UK Financial Services is experiencing unprecedented change and transformation. From AI and robotics, to repositioning culture and conduct, to addressing Brexit, and the challenges, as well as opportunities, this brings to the City, Human Resources professionals have a key strategic role to perform in advising business leaders through such times. This all requires energy, enthusiasm and tenacity, and this is why the subject of resilience is something we are convinced needs greater focus. As such, the Board will be examining how we further support the mental and physical well-being of our people and equip them with the coping strategies required to deal with the many changes ahead of us.”
Ben is Head of Human Resources, UK and Ireland for Société Générale. He sits on the UK Executive Committee and is a member of the Global HR Executive Committee. Ben has been a Board Director of the City HR Association since May 2014. He has two daughters and is passionate about being an active father. His other interests include spending as much time as he can in the countryside, clay pigeon shooting and photography.
Barbara Turner joined the City HR Board in 2014. She has been Group Head of Human Resources at Canopius, the global specialty (re)insurer for the last 4 years. She is a member of the Executive committee and is also responsible for Communications, Marketing and Facilities. She has a son and a daughter and is a keen follower of Liverpool FC. She also gets involved in various medical research programmes with TwinsUK – the biggest UK twin registry used to study genetics.
Andrea is Chief Executive of City HR Association, having been on the Board since 2007. She previously founded a business which was acquired by a PLC, giving her main board experience. Her 12 years line HR experience was in Investment Banking. She delivers a wide range of business and people management activities to members, and feels strongly about social inclusion. Andrea is a Founder and Court Member of the Guild for Human Resources. She lives with her husband and daughter in West Sussex, where she helps run an Arts & Music Festival.
David Barnett joined the City HR Board during its previous incarnation as the City Personnel Group and is our Honorary Treasurer. He has been at Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation since 1998, and is currently Head of the UK Audit Office. Prior to this David worked for Yasuda Trust & Banking as Financial Controller. Other companies David has worked for include TSB, and Deloitte. He has a wealth of banking and finance experience. His hobbies include classical music, travel, 10k runs and golf.
Louise Batchelor joined the City HR Board in May 2014. She began her HR career working for the Gallup Organization as a Leadership Consultant responsible for embedding a strengths based culture through development interventions. She joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2004 and became the Regional Head of HR in 2012. She moved to the Bank of Ireland in 2017 as the Head of HR for Programmes and Risk. Louise lives in Wimbledon with her partner and two boys, enjoys spending time with her family, walking the dog on Wimbledon Common and finishing the afternoon with a pub lunch at the Fox and Grapes!
Kate Hamilton joined the City HR Board in June 2016 and has over 20 years’ experience in HR. During her 12 years at ABN AMRO Bank she held various regional and global HR roles in Hong Kong, London and the Netherlands. Kate is currently the Group Head of HR at Novae Group Plc, prior to which she was the Regional Head of HR at Jefferies and Brown Brothers Harriman. Kate is passionate about forward thinking HR and diverse talent engagement, has twin teenage boys and enjoys horse riding and watching her boys play rugby.
Nick Hurley joined the City HR Board in June 2014. He has been a Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP for over 10 years and in January 2017 became the Head of the Employment, Pensions and Immigration Group. Nick is a leading expert in employment law by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Nick is also on the Management Committee for Devonshire House Network. Nick spends most of his free time chasing his four young energetic boys around and coaches junior cricket and football. He is also a season ticket holder at the Emirates supporting Arsenal – time permitting!
Cindy is Head of Talent Management at City HR and has been a Board Director since Jan 2017. She previously held global HR roles in financial services organisations as well as spending 11 years in consulting. She is passionate about strengthening a diverse talent pipeline into the sector. Cindy is married with a big family in West Sussex, and is passionate about growing her own veg
Rob Stanton is Global Head of Human Resources for Investec Asset Management. He has been a Board Director of City HR since June 2016 and also sits on the Investment Association’s HR Committee. Prior to joining Investec Asset Management, Rob spent 3 yrs at Gartmore, in a number of roles including Head of Human Resources. He is a qualified solicitor by background and started his career at the city based law firm, Macfarlanes. Rob’s passions are his family, sports and travel and he’s a governor at the primary school his children now attend.
Louise Brown joined the City HR board in July 2019 and has over 15 years of Financial Services experience. She is currently Global HR Reward, Performance, People Analytics Governance Lead at HSBC Bank plc. Louise is passionate about driving the future of works and digital agenda whilst being an advocate for keeping people at the heart of the HR journey. Louise enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 girls, cycling and taking part in outdoor activities.
Martin Jackson joined the City HR Board in April 2020. Before starting his career in financial services, Martin served 13 years with the Royal Navy. Prior to his current role as Head of Human Resources for Federated Hermes, which he has held since 2009, he was the Global HR Business Partner for the Investment Division of ABN AMRO and Fortis Investment following the acquisition of the business. Martin is a member of the group’s Irish Board Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Supervisory Board for the Generations Multi-Academy Trust. Martin has two children, who have almost flown the nest, and lives in Hertfordshire with his wife Sam. He enjoys various sports and is a Master Scuba Diver (when the water is warm enough!).
Monique is Partner, Global Head of Human Resources at BlueBay Asset Management and a member of BlueBay’s Management Committee. She has been a Board Director of City HR since 11th October 2018. Prior to joining BlueBay Monique held regional and global HR roles at Gartmore, Rabobank, Deutsche Bank and commenced her HR career within ING Barings. Monique holds a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Board member of BlueBay’s US LLC and Chairperson of BlueBay’s Diversity and Inclusion Forum. Monique spends any spare time (the weekend) with her family where participation in a variety of sporting activities take the lead.
Ella Gosling joined the City HR Board in 2018. Since 2018 she has been Director of HR Business Partnering and Reward at Just Group Plc, a company that specialises in providing retirement income products and services to individual and corporate clients. Her role includes responsibility for the HR Business Partnering team, HR Operations, MI & Analytics and Group Reward & Benefits.
She lives in Guildford with her husband, 2 children and labrador. At the weekends, if not taking the children to various sporting clubs and activities, she enjoys going on family walks and spending time with her family.
Fenil Khiroya joined the City HR Board in March 2020 and has over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services Sector
Fenil is the Head of HR, UK for Standard Chartered Bank, who she joined in October 2018 and lead the UK HR team through their HR transformation journey. Fenil plays a key role in delivering the People agenda and leads the D&I agenda across Europe. Fenil is the senior HRPB for the Front Office business and works closely with the UK CEO.
In May 2016 Fenil was listed on the Financial Times Inaugural Upstanding 100 Executive BAME (British, Asian, Minority Ethnic) Power List (UK & US) and in July 2016 Fenil was chosen as a Mentor for the inaugural Slaughter and May BAME programme launched to support the progression of their ethnic employees with particular focus on expanding the future Partner talent pool. Fenil is a speaker for the Inspiring Women Campaign, which aims to inspire girls they can follow whatever career path they choose regardless of gender.
In March 2020 Fenil joined the working group for the Financial Services Skills Commission who are working to ensure the sector has the skills it needs to remain globally competitive.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Fenil worked at UBS as the Head of UK HR Advisory and took the organisation through their big HR transformation after the last financial crisis. Fenil has worked at several other Banks in the City of London during her career.
Fenil has gained Masters level accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and holds a post graduate qualification in Employment Law.
Fenil is on the Board of Trustees for one of the top grammar schools in the country.