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Bola Ogundeji

ROLE New People and Organisational Development Director
COMPANY Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Development Corporation responsible for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has appointed a new Director of People and Organisational Development.

London Legacy Development Corporation has appointed Bola Ogundeji who will move from her current role at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Bola has extensive experience in the public and private sector with a particular focus on workforce design and planning, equity, inclusion and diversity and learning and coaching development. Lyn Garner, chief executive of LLDC, said she was pleased to welcome such an experienced professional to the organisation: “As the legacy delivery for the 2012 Games enters its second decade, the organisation is evolving so this is a crucial time in terms of both delivering and setting colleagues up for the future”.

“We are delighted that Bola will be leading our People and Organisational Development team. She has skills and experience that will benefit all our colleagues as we enter this crucial part of the legacy story.”

Bola Ogundeji said: “I am delighted to be joining LLDC as their Director of People and Organisational Development, especially at such a pivotal time in the history of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“Keeping our people inspired and engaged will be an important objective for me during my time in this role, in addition to retaining and developing the organisation’s diverse talents. I look forward to being a part of a corporation whose values, ambitions and legacy strongly resonate with me.”


(June 2023)

Michelle Denman

ROLE Chief People Officer
COMPANY IMPACT.COM – the partnership management platform – has announced the appointment of Michelle Denman as Chief People Officer.

Michelle Denman brings more than three decades of experience in human resources, people development, talent acquisition and organisational development to As CPO, she will lead the people function, developing and executing the company’s strategy to attract, develop and retain the very best talent. She will also focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts, ranging from ensuring a diverse workforce to ensuring equitable and inclusive treatment of all team members. Michelle’s track record and approach to leading human resource teams, will drive’s people-first culture and people excellence strategy, with a focus on high performance, diversity and engagement.


(May 2023)

Gabor Nagy

ROLE Group Chief Human Resource Officer
COMPANY Amber Beverage Group (ABG)

Fast-growing global spirits company, Amber Beverage Group (ABG), has appointed Gabor Nagy as Group Chief Human Resources Officer.

Gabor Nagy will become part of the ABG Executive Board, bringing several years’ experience in HR to the business. Most recently, he worked in a similar role with VELUX and previously he was with AGC Glass Europe, where he was HR Director for Finance & Business Services. He was also at Bridgestone EMEA as HR Business Partner, Manufacturing & Legal. Gabor will be responsible for bringing the firm’s HR priorities into actions and, using his international experience, implement the long-term ambitions for an employee motivation system, helping the teams to make full use of the lean system and internal platforms and generate improvements via new ideas.


(May 2023)

Collette King

ROLE Director of People & Performance
COMPANY Chester Race Company

Chester Race Company have announced the appointment of Collette King as new Director of People and Performance.

Collette King was most recently HR Director for Studio Retail Ltd and will join Chester Race Company with a wealth of experience, following a 25-year career in senior roles, including Matalan, Blockbuster and QVC. She was also former Chief Executive of Equity Housing Group in Manchester. Collette has a proven track record of success in retail and leisure businesses and will help drive forward the firm’s long-term objectives, by enhancing all aspects of the HR operations and leading the development and implementation of a robust approach to people and performance, underpinning the wider business strategy.


(May 2023)

Prerana Issar

ROLE Chief People Officer
COMPANY Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s has announced Prerana Issar as the supermarket chain’s new Chief People Officer, replacing the outgoing Group HR Director, Angie Risley.

Prerana Issar was previously Chief People Officer at NHS, including during the COVID-19 pandemic and prior to that, she worked at the United Nations World Food Programme as Director of Public-Private Partnerships and Chief HR Officer. Issar started her career at Unilever, where she was focused on HR delivering commercial impact. She brings a multi-sector background and a strong and broad HR experience to the business, with a focus on purpose, as both a unifying force and a driver of business results.


(May 2023)

David Reay

ROLE People Director
COMPANY Immediate Media Co

David Reay joins Immediate as People Director taking a strategic lead on people development, culture, ED&I and talent management, reporting to Jo Brandl, Chief People Officer.

David will head up Immediate’s People Team, incorporating the HR, Internal Events, Learning and Development, ED&I, Facilities, Talent Acquisition and Communications functions.

With a passion for driving diversity, talent development and creating environments where people flourish, David has over 15 years of senior HR and People leadership experience. David joins from Condé Nast, where as SVP for People, Editorial and Entertainment, he led the people function for the global editorial and entertainment divisions, across journalism, creative, digital, film and TV. David has also previously held senior People leadership roles at TikTok, Sony Music, RSA and BAE Systems.


(May 2023)

Helen Stephenson-Ellis

ROLE HR Director

Helen Stephenson-Ellis has been appointed Human Resources Director for Marshall Aerospace.

Helen brings a wealth of experience to the role with an accomplished background in the global pharmaceutical and financial services industries, working for organisations such as; AstraZeneca, Aviva and Oxford BioMedica. She has extensive experience in delivering all aspects of the people agenda including; skills growth and development, reshaping and resizing of organisations to meet changing business needs, acquisitions and engagement. Helen joins Marshall Aerospace at an important and pivotal time for the organisation, with plans for growth and transformation across the business and its global strategy. Helen brings her strong capabilities in change management to continue to develop and improve the organisation and support it’s business ambitions.


(April 2023)

Tim Hopgood

ROLE HR Director

Howden, the international insurance broker, announces the appointment of Tim Hopgood to the newly-created role of HR Director of Howden UK & Ireland.

The role reflects the importance Howden places on its ‘people first’ principles and on the retention and attraction of top talent to drive its ambitious growth strategy. Tim reports to Carl Shuker, CEO, Howden UK & Ireland, and Diahann Williams, Group HR Director, Howden Group. He brings over 20 years of experience in HR, having worked for a number companies including; Lloyds Banking Group and Starbucks Coffee Co and most recently, Danone, where he spent the last 12 years in a variety of roles, including; Business Services HR Director. Tim has a proven track record in transformation and has had a significant impact on organisations that have seen a strong rate of growth and pace of change.


(April 2023)

Kieron Galloway

ROLE HR Director

The University of Winchester announces that Kieron Galloway has been appointed as Director of Human Resources.

Kieron Galloway will join the University from Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he was Chief People Officer and has been instrumental in developing the Trust’s Great Place to Work strategy and in supporting colleagues through the pandemic. Kieron has extensive global HR experience, spanning a range of sectors, including engineering, pharmaceuticals and healthcare and has a track record of driving cultural transformation and change, as well as developing and implementing people strategies that create the conditions for sustainable high performance. Kieron joins at an exciting point in the University of Winchester’s history, as it launches its new strategic plan.


(April 2023)

Uzair Qadeer

ROLE Chief People Officer

The BBC has announced the appointment of a new Chief People Officer, who will sit on the Executive Committee.

Uzair joins the corporation from Carbon Health, a healthcare provider in the US, where he was CPO and will also sit on the Operations Committee and will be a key adviser on the Board Remuneration Committee. He will also oversee Children in Need, the Salford-based independent charity. Uzair will have global HR responsibilities across the Group and will be responsible for driving the Corporation’s vision of employee experience, cultural transformation and organisational change, shaping the people strategy and supporting inclusivity, in line with the BBC’s ten-point DEI plan and ambitious Value for all objectives.


(April 2023)