Annette Kelleher, chief HR officer, Johnson Matthey


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Annette Kelleher joined Johnson Matthey in early 2013 to lead the Group’s human resources agenda. She is responsible for steering the people strategy across the global organisation as it moves into its 3rd century.

Johnson Matthey is an organisation with a long and wonderful heritage, being selected as Britain’s most admired company in 2014, where its people strategy reflects its long term approach to innovation, customer focus and people development.

Since joining Johnson Matthey, Annette has been instrumental in re-shaping the company’s approach to growing talent capabilities at all levels in a way that builds on the organisation’s culture of sustainability and long term development. During the recent years, Annette has overseen focussed leadership development, in conjunction with the London Business School, for Johnson Matthey’s future leaders. In addition, her team have a lot on the horizon for leadership development this year with the introduction of a new mid-level programme for managers, a redesign of the global managers’ programme and a suite of executive master classes. These will be supported by a new digital and mobile enabled social learning platform that will provide managers with greater access to diverse and just in time leadership content.

During the past year Annette’s team led the way in employee engagement across JM, building a programme of education following the results of the company’s 1st ever global engagement survey, involving all of its employees across the world.

In addition, her team managed the development and roll-out of a CareerPath framework and a global grading structure across the four major global sectors of Johnson Matthey and this will form a great foundation for further developments.

Prior to joining JM, Annette spent the majority of her career with Pilkington Glass Plc where she held a number of challenging roles within both the businesses and corporate, including Director of Global HR Operations, VP HR Automotive World-wide, Head of Group Talent and Head of Group Remuneration.

Following the take-over of Pilkington by NSG (Nippon Sheet Glass) in 2006, Annette had the opportunity to spend significant amounts of time working in Japan and SE Asia, and led much of the HR integration for the organisation.

In addition to her current role, Annette is a NED of Hill & Smith Holdings Plc, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee. Previously Annette was a NED of the Tribunal Services.

She spends time sponsoring and coaching young adults who have an interest in potentially developing their careers in Human Resources.

She holds a MSc in HR Management and a 1st class BA hons in Business Studies, both of which she achieved while working full time.


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