“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.
Lucy joined the City HR board in December 2021 and has over a decade of experience in financial services. She started her career on the trading floor at BGC Partners, and is currently the head of Reward for the global Investment Bank and the UK/EMEA region at UBS. She works with internal RemCos and Boards advising on remuneration matters, as well as with regulators in the UK and Europe.
Lucy holds a degree in Economics from UCL and is also a member of the People Committee of the Association of Foreign Banks. She grew up and has lived in several countries, and is a fluent Spanish and French speaker, who is very much looking forward to more travel in the near future.
Ali’s career in HR started with Goldman Sachs, where she worked for 14 years in both Germany and the UK in various HR roles including the Head of Graduate Recruitment for EMEA. In 2008 Alison moved to Rothschild & Co as the HR Director based in London, overseeing the UK based team plus colleagues abroad covering the Global Advisory and Merchant Banking businesses.
She has a special focus on D&I and Wellbeing for the firm. She joined the City HR board in 2020. She has served on the main Council and Remuneration Committee of Aston University (where she graduated with a degree in International Business and Modern Languages) and also sat on the International Advisory Board of its Business School. She is a member of the Queen’s Gallery Group. Ali is a single parent to Will and Pia, actively competes for Great Britain in Age-Group Triathlon and is a keen cross-country runner.
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!
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
She 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.
Fenil was listed on the EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List in 2020 and 2016, and is also on the Board of Trustees for one of the top grammar schools in the country.