HRMI 2021: Danny Harmer, Chief People Officer, Aviva

Danny was appointed chief people officer for Aviva Plc in February 2020. She leads Aviva’s global People and Culture strategy and is passionate about supporting our people and keeping things simple for them so they can focus on putting our customers at the heart of everything they do.

Danny is the co-executive sponsor of our pride community, executive representative on the Global Inclusion Committee and co-executive sponsor of our Domestic Abuse Working Group, which introduced training last year to support customers and colleagues.

Danny also writes articles and speaks at events on issues such as menopause, caring and working parents.

Before joining Aviva, Danny was the chief people officer at Metro Bank for over seven years. During that time Metro Bank was consistently recognised as providing market leading service through its unique approach to people and culture. She previously held a variety of roles in HR and business leadership at Halifax, HBOS, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays.

Danny is a chartered fellow of the CIPD and a founding court member of the Guild of HR Professionals. She was recognised as one of HR Magazine’s Most Influential Practitioners in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and has been named as an OUTstanding LGBT+ ally and HERoes female role model.

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Danny Harmer was ranked seventh on the list of HR Most Influential practitioners 2021.