Karen Beaven, HR director, River Island


Beaven joined River Island as HRD in 2012 and has led a significant HR transformation programme

She is also a member of the leadership board for The People Space and has recently founded her new venture the HR Entrepreneur’s Network.

Beaven is known as a very progressive and transformational HR director who has also developed a successful commercial venture (River Island Style Studio) outside of her HR remit. She is now passionate about helping other HR professionals set up their own commercial ventures and embrace a more entrepreneurial mindset.

Beaven's career highlights to date include:

  • Being voted 'HR Director of the Year’ in 2015 at the HR Excellence Awards.
  • Leading the team that won Best HR Team, Best Recruitment Strategy and the Gold Award at the 2015 HR Excellence Awards.
  • Being listed in the HRO Today Global Superstar rankings.

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