HRMI 2021: Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer, Civil Service

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McNeil was appointed government chief people officer on 1 January 2016, joining the Civil Service from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was the group HR director.

As government chief people officer, McNeil is responsible for delivery of the Civil Service People Strategy, which sets out what the Civil Service needs to do to attract the most capable and public-spirited people, and build a culture and ways of working that are as good, if not better, than anything on offer anywhere else.

McNeil graduated in Politics and Philosophy from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2010. He began his career at the Confederation of British Industry before becoming a partner at Arthur Anderson and Deloitte. Since then, he has worked for Barclays Bank plc, and at Aviva where he was HR director and then HR centre of expertise director.


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Rupert McNeil was inducted into the HR Most Influential Hall of Fame in 2021.