HRMI 2022: Neil Morrison, group HR director, Severn Trent

Neil 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 CIPD 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.

He has continued to drive the operational and financial success of Severn Trent through an inclusive and high performing culture and an investment in skills and development.

The company is recognised as a trailblazer company for social purpose and one of only three companies to achieve the Water Services Regulation Authority Ofwat’s fast track status.

Morrison is also on the board of The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.


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Neil Morrison ranked 7th on HR magazine’s list of HR Most Influential practitioners in 2022.

Find the full list of HR Most Influential 2022 practitioners and thinkers here.