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Karen Barnett

The British Business Bank has announced the appointment of Karen Barnett as its new Chief People Officer.

Karen is joining the British Business Bank from wealth management firm WH Ireland, where she held the post of HR Director, having successfully built a best practice HR team and worked with the Board and CEO to develop the company’s people strategies and policies. Prior to WH Ireland, Karen was at Merian Global Investors, where the focus was on organisational effectiveness, culture, talent acquisition and supporting business change. She began her career working within a large team at the Department for Education. Karen will be working closely with Louis Taylor, Chief Executive Officer at British Business Bank as the company continues to grow and expand, while making sure that it remains a fantastic place to work for our people.


(December 2023)

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