Kate Guthrie, group HR director, CYBG plc


Kate Guthrie
Kate Guthrie, group HR director, CYBG plc
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Kate Guthrie was appointed Group HR Director, CYBG, owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, in 2016, with responsibility for establishing and leading HR strategy and performance for the newly independent bank.

Kate was recruited as part of a new executive management team put in place to prepare CYBG for flotation on the stock exchange in 2016 and to establish CYBG as the UK’s leading independent challenger bank.

Leading a team of around 90 people, Kate has established a new people strategy for CYBG, built around a cultural transformation programme focussed on improving performance and service across the Bank’s workforce of around 6,000 people and supported by a new HR operational framework delivered by Kate and her team, following the Bank’s separation and demerger from National Australia Bank.

In her role, Kate has also worked closely with the new Board and Remuneration Committee to put in place the Bank’s remuneration strategy, implementing a new reward strategy, including pensions, across the whole group as well as leading the delivery of the Bank’s restructuring programme.

Kate’s career has been built upon an extensive range of UK and international experience managing mergers and acquisitions, organisational restructurings, culture change, leadership and talent development, as well as employee relations. Her previous roles have spanned a range of leading FTSE firms across multiple sectors, including Novartis, Diageo and Marks & Spencer.

She joined CYBG from Lloyds Banking Group where she was first HR Director for Scottish Widows and then LBG’s wider Insurance Division, before becoming Group HR Director for Culture, Capacity & Engagement.

An active supporter of various charities, Kate was appointed a trustee of Action for Children in 2014 and was previously Chair of the Bank of Scotland Foundation, one of Scotland’s largest charitable donors.

In October 2011 Kate led the hugely successful Lloyds Banking Group / Save the Children expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro, combining her charitable roles and love for outdoor pursuits and hill walking.

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