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Kathryn is Director Human Resources and has more than 25 years experience across multiple sectors including distribution, energy, defence, support services, telecoms, utilities and financial services.
A change agent, Kathryn has significant experience of bringing organisations through substantial change including turnaround, technology implementation, cost reduction, merger and high growth. This has included transforming the HR function in a number of organisations to ensure it aligns to business priorities.
Prior to joining AWE, Kathryn spent a year with Premier Farnell (a global electrical component distributor) as HR Director for Europe and Global Support Functions. She was engaged specifically to support the transformation of the operating model from regionally focused to globally led.
Previously, Kathryn was Chief People Officer of Balfour Beatty’s Construction business. With revenues in excess of £2.5 billion and approximately 10,000 employees she led the people aspects of a major and complex change programme to simplify and re-focus the businesses UK operating model. This resulted in significant annualised cost savings, new leadership and a transformed support services structure including HR.
Kathryn led HR and Change for Serco’s Defence, Science and Nuclear Division for three and a half years. During this time she implemented new working practices into a strongly unionised business (Marine Services); undertook restructuring leading to significant annualised savings; and developed and implemented a talent strategy to address issues in the succession plans. She also instigated an Apprentice Academy to address national shortages in critical skills.
Her career has been international – she spent over five years in Canada where she was Vice President Organisational Development for Aviva and Vice President HR for Telus Business Solutions based in Toronto.
Her passion for leading change was founded when she joined Eastern Electricity in the 90s (immediately post-privatisation) and was a key part of re-defining the organisation in its many forms over an eight year period.
She lives in Buckinghamshire with her partner and two teenage children. Her hobbies include singing with an operatic group, skiing, theatre and music.