HRMI 2021: Neil Morrison, Group HR Director, Severn Trent

Morrison is currently the director of HR for FTSE100 water company Severn Trent and has executive responsibility for all aspects of HR as well as the corporate communications, PR and marketing teams.

Severn Trent is recognised as a trailblazer company for social purpose and one of only three companies to achieve OFWAT’s fast track status. Their investment in the local community over the last twelve months has included £2m support for charitable projects and a £10m investment in employability and skills programmes, including the opening of a state-of-the-art training academy.

Morrison’s executive career has taken him across multiple industries and sectors, including media, retail, and utilities, as well as the public sector. He was one of the leads in the global merger between Penguin and Random House, the largest merger in publishing history and helped successfully navigate the rise of digital publishing and media

Morrison has served on the board of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, was one of the inaugural members of the Good Recruitment Campaign and the Social Mobility Pledge and has advised and supported government on a number of policies and initiatives. He writes regularly about organisations leadership and change, is a frequent media commentator and speaker.


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Neil Morrison was ranked eighth on the list of HR Most Influential practitioners 2021.