The City HR Board comprises senior HR practitioners and
market experts who are elected annually to represent
“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. After many years of HR roles within Investment Banking, she has been Group Head of Human Resources at Canopius, the global specialty (re)insurer since September 2013. She is a member of the Executive committee and the Canopius Board and is also responsible for Communications, Marketing and Facilities within the group.
She enjoys travelling (both business and pleasure), is a keen follower of Liverpool FC and for many years has been involved in various medical research programmes with TwinsUK – the biggest UK twin registry used to study genetics.
Barbara has a son and a daughter.
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!
Natalie started her career as a legal aid lawyer working in Lambeth before moving to City law firms and becoming a Partner. She is now Chief Administrative Officer at BlueCove Limited. She has held various NED roles including with RBC GAM (UK) Ltd, is on the national development board of Teach First, an Ambassador for the Diversity Project, advocate for Barnardo’s and a school governor at a primary school in Lewisham.
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
Karin Rehacek joined the City HR Board in 2003. She has over 20 years’ experience of working in Human Resources. She is currently Director of Human Resources at Erste Group Bank AG, London Branch. Prior to joining Erste Group Bank in 1994 she worked for Creditanstalt Bankverein and previously M&A boutique Johnstone Associates. Fluent in several languages she has also spent time working in the Czech Republic. In her spare time Karin enjoys theatre, opera and travelling and has visited more than 80 countries.
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.
Charlotte Sweeney OBE has over 20 years HR experience, specialising in Diversity and Inclusion for the majority of that time. She joined the City HR Board in 2011. She has worked at Nomura, HBOS and Barclays where she was Head of Diversity & Inclusion. She advises Government on their Diversity Strategy and led an Independent Review for the Secretary of State. Her first book ‘Inclusive Leadership’ was published by The Financial Times in 2016. She has won a number of awards including the Women in Banking & Finance Champion for Women award in 2012.
She is passionate about justice, fairness and enabling social mobility, which has fuelled her career. She lives in Leeds with her husband, Brian, and her beautiful Border Collie, called Goose.