Danny Harmer, chief people officer, Metro Bank
Sian Harrington, September 12, 2016
Danny Harmer is the Chief People Officer for Metro Bank, Britain’s first new high-street bank in over 100 years. Focussed on providing “outstanding customer service” its unique culture is central to the bank’s success.
Metro Bank listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2016, is the fastest growing bank in Europe and was named Moneywise’s Most Trusted Financial Provider 2017. Harmer has helped build an outstanding executive team and created a unique approach to culture and training that attracts and develops great people; CEO Craig Donaldson was voted HR Magazine’s Most People Focused CEO for 2017.
Metro Bank takes a unique and innovative approach to everything it does for its people. The focus is on brilliant training and relentless simplification so that every colleague feels set up to surprise and delight the customer. For example the traditional nine box talent grid does not exist at Metro Bank and has been replaced by talent families which are simple, effective and aligned to the bank’s model and culture. Passionate about diversity; Harmer is the Executive ally for Mpride, the Bank’s LGBT+ group and was recognised as an FT OUTstanding Top Ally Executive in 2016. She is also a frequent media commentator on HR.
Prior to Metro Bank, Harmer worked in people roles at Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and HBOS plc. Unusually she only moved into the HR profession in 2003 and spent her early career in customer network and operations roles in Retail Banking. This helped spark her relentless focus on the customer and on the link between culture and customer experience.
An Economics and Business Economics graduate from the University of Southampton, Harmer is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Court Member for the Guild of HR Professionals where she also chairs their Charitable Trust.
Outside work she runs a ‘mummycabs’ service for her three children; a responsibility she shares with her husband George.