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Julie Romero

ROLE Chief Human Resources Officer
COMPANY HireRight

HireRight is pleased to share that Julie Romero has recently joined the company as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with a focus on aligning HireRight’s global people strategies, elevating the company’s talent development and total rewards programs, and enhancing HireRight’s ability to find and retain top talent globally.

Ms. Romero is a transformational leader with more than 20 years of extensive global experience in developing high-performing teams, as well as driving change and enabling business success through post-merger and post-acquisition integrations. In her role, she is responsible for creating and driving a human resources strategy that aligns with HireRight’s core business objectives and strategic vision — including continued global expansion as the company focuses on attracting and retaining top talent in support of strategic growth in key markets across the world.

Prior to joining HireRight in June as CHRO, Ms. Romero served as the Vice President, Global People Strategy, at WPP, where she focused on Global Succession & Development. Ms. Romero’s experience also includes leading the Healthcare Human Capital team at Navigant for more than four years, multiple Consulting and HR roles at Accenture over 15+ years, and Organization Development Consultant for Walt Disney World.

“I am so excited to be part of the HireRight team and look forward to cultivating further growth within our business and our Human Resources organisation,” said Ms. Romero. “I believe growth is the foundation to our success – as individuals, as leaders, and as a business.  The Human Resources team is working with our business leaders to grow our capabilities for the future.  We know that a holistic and inclusive approach is essential and are looking forward to expanding our offerings to improve our employee value proposition.”

Julie Davies

ROLE HR BUSINESS PARTNER
COMPANY NICHOLAS ASSOCIATES GROUP

Specialist talent solutions provider Nicholas Associates Group has announced the appointment of Julie Davies as their new HR Business Partner.

Julie, who lives in South Wingfield, Derbyshire will primarily be based at the company HQ which is in Rotherham and in her new role will be responsible for ensuring a smooth and efficient HR service across the organisation. Her focus will be on helping to create an environment and culture that will attract, develop, and retain talent by offering a great Employee Value Proposition and place to work.

Julie has an HR career spanning over 20 years and worked for 12 years at Parker Hannifin Corporation initially as a Divisional HR Manager and then as a Global Talent and Organisational Development Manager. Prior to this she was a Regional HR Specialist & Compensation & Benefits Specialist, EMEA for Panduit Europe Limited.

Commenting on her new role Julie said, “I have always sought variety in both my personal and professional life so I was looking for a role that would give me the opportunity to apply my experience in a completely new industry. The recruitment industry is tough and challenging but that’s what I wanted and there is certainly plenty of opportunities in my new role to have a positive impact and a lot of opportunity for growth. I think the real hook for me was the clear commitment from Nick Cragg, our Chairman, towards the well-being of all team members and to support the wider local and global community.”

Julie holds a BSc Hons Hotel Catering & Institutional Management, BA Theology & Counselling, CIPD, and an Executive MBA. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her Springer Spaniel, yoga, and has recently taken up paddle boarding. She has also spent 3 months working for a Relief and Development Agency in Uganda/Sudan supporting an Education Project for young Sudanese children.

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Erica Bourne

ROLE Chief People Officer
COMPANY LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group)

LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group), announces that Erica Bourne will join the Group as Chief People Officer and a member of the LSEG Executive Committee. Reporting to David Schwimmer, Erica will join in January 2023. Tim Jones will step down as Chief People Officer when Erica joins and, after supporting with the transition, will leave during Q1 2023.

Erica joins the Group from Burberry, where she is currently Chief People Officer. Prior to Burberry, Erica has held leadership and executive roles in technology, consulting and financial services. During a 12-year period with American Express, Erica progressed to Executive Vice President leading a global HR team across more than 30 countries in support of the Company’s 54,000 employees.

Rachel Mooney

ROLE Chief People Officer
COMPANY Pets at Home Group Plc

Pets at Home, the UK’s leading pet care business, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Mooney who joins as Chief People Officer.

Prior to joining Pets at Home, Rachel held senior roles at global brands including Google and Vodafone and was Chief People Officer at digitally-led organisations Monzo and Snow Software.

Throughout her career, Rachel has been instrumental in developing talent acquisition strategies, upskilling leadership, and shaping organisational effectiveness, whilst also ensuring a strong sense of purpose and people engagement remain central to building a meaningful employer brand.

Rachel has held several board roles, including previously as a Non-Executive Board Member at Vodafone Group Services, and at Women’s Aid (Ireland). She has a BA (Hons) in Psychology, an MSc in Applied Neuroscience as well as an MBA in Organisational Change and Innovation.

Rachel is married to Ciaran and has two sons. She is also the proud owner of 13-year-old Westie, Lily, and Ari the cat.

“I am delighted to be joining the Pets At Home team and being part of an exciting and growing business that is centred on the well being and welfare of our wonderful animal friends and their owners.”

Helen Cook

ROLE Chief People Officer
COMPANY Finastra

Finastra announced the appointment of Helen Cook as Chief People Officer. In her role she takes global responsibility for the people organization and advancing the company’s aspiration to be the most inclusive and diverse employer in the Fintech industry. She is particularly passionate about building a curious and well-tooled workforce, supporting employees to develop skills that keep them relevant, engaged and growing.

Helen joins from Natwest Group, where she was a member of the executive team and held the position of Chief Human Resources Officer. She has an incredible wealth of expertise including extensive global exposure in all aspects of people strategy. Her career spans more than 25 years in financial services, including experience at Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley.

Based at Finastra’s HQ in Paddington, Helen is a key member of the Finastra Executive Leadership Team, reporting to CEO, Simon Paris. He said, “Helen is passionate about personal development and building skills and capabilities for our employees that enable growth and boost business performance. Her expertise and experience will help us further accelerate Finastra’s people programs that afford opportunities to our employees to expand their horizons.”

Helen added, “I’m excited to be at Finastra and look forward to working more with the passionate and diverse team I have met so far. Finastra’s vision is built on collaboration, and its commitment to become a truly inclusive workplace and enhance the skills of its workforce is inspirational. I’m thrilled to support in growing and developing the company’s global talent.”

Helen graduated from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel. In addition to her role at Finastra, she served on the Board of the Financial Services Skills Committee and on the Advisory Board of Ivy House. She also serves as a mentor for the FTSE 100 Mentoring Foundation.

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Min Rodriguez

ROLE Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
COMPANY NHS Property Services

NHS Property Services is delighted to announce that Min Rodriguez has joined the organisation as Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. The announcement comes during Pride Month and compliments NHSPS’ ongoing commitment to improving diversity and inclusion across the organisation.

Min joins NHS Property Service from Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)/ Ministry of Defence and is a highly experienced senior diversity and inclusion practitioner. Min will lead NHSPS’ equality, diversity and inclusion transformation to support the organisation’s commitment to create an inclusive, collaborative and engaging environment where colleagues feel valued and respected.

Min Rodriguez said: “I am absolutely delighted to have joined NHS Property Services at a pivotal moment in their journey. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across the organisation and enthuse, engage and embed great practice that will make us an employer of choice and the best property services provider to the NHS.”

Hilary Stables, Chief People Officer for NHS Property Services, said: “I’m delighted that Min Rodriguez has joined the NHSPS team. I know Min’s wealth of EDI leadership experience and expertise will really make a difference in how we continue to develop and strengthen our culture.”

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Geoff Cawley FCIPD

ROLE Global HR Director
COMPANY SPD Development Company Ltd

Geoff Cawley FCIPD has joined SPD Development Company Ltd as their Global HR Director.  SPD is part of SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics GmbH and is a world leader in the research, design and marketing of advanced consumer diagnostic products including the Clearblue® brand of pregnancy and ovulation tests.

Geoff has held a number of senior HR positions across a variety of sectors including Transport & Logistics, Professional Services, Pharmaceuticals and Financial Services.

As a member of the Global Executive leadership team at SPD, he will lead the HR team and drive the People Strategy including Cultural transformation and Process Improvement across the business.

Claire Lawrence

ROLE GLOBAL CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER
COMPANY BRAIN LABS

Brainlabs has appointed Claire Lawrence as its first Global Chief People Officer. Previously, Claire Lawrence was at MediaCom for nine years, where she was appointed Chief People Officer in 2019. Previously, she worked as People and Performance Director for the EMEA region, at the agency’s HR department. In her new role at Brainlabs, she will lead the organisation’s talent programmes, support career development and help identify and recruit global talent. The firm says it considers its people and client-centric culture as a strategic advantage and is entering a new phase of growth and development in which Claire will play an integral role.

Becky Kowall

ROLE VP OF HUMAN RESOURCES
COMPANY CLEO

Cleo, the Ecosystem Integration software category and integration platform, has appointed Becky Kowall as Vice President of Human Resources. Becky brings has nearly 20 years of diversified HR experience, having previously worked in various industries including; technology, professional services, government, manufacturing, transportation and construction. She will lead Cleo’s global HR, putting immediate focus on talent acquisition and retention with the aim of expanding the company’s U.S. and international workforce to help scale the business and position Cleo for further rapid growth.

Mairéad Nayager

ROLE CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
COMPANY GSK (CONSUMER HEALTHCARE)

GSK’s (Consumer Healthcare), has appointed Mairéad Nayager as Chief Human Resources Officer. Mairéad Nayager was previously Chief Human Resources Officer at Diageo, a position she held since 2015. Before that, she held HR executive roles across a number of Diageo’s regional offices, during which time she played a pivotal role in successfully leading the business through multiple transformations and spearheading Diageo’s ten-year action plan, to help create a more inclusive and sustainable world.