Kate Guthrie, group HR director, CYBG

Guthrie was appointed group HRD in 2016, with responsibility for establishing and leading HR strategy

She was recruited as part of a new executive management team put in place to prepare CYBG for floatation on the stock exchange in 2016 and to establish CYBG as the UK’s leading independent challenger bank.

Leading a team of around 90 people, Guthrie has established a new people strategy for CYBG built around a cultural transformation programme focused on improving performance and service across the bank’s workforce of around 6,000 people. It is supported by a new HR operational framework delivered by Guthrie and her team, following the bank’s separation and demerger from National Australia Bank.

Guthrie has also worked closely with the new board and remuneration committee to put in place the bank’s remuneration strategy, implementing a new reward strategy (including pensions) across the whole group, as well as leading the delivery of the bank’s restructuring programme.

Guthrie’s career has been built upon an extensive range of UK and international experience managing mergers and acquisitions, organisational restructures, culture change, leadership, and talent development, as well as employee relations. Her previous roles have spanned a range of leading FTSE firms across multiple sectors, including Novartis, Diageo and Marks & Spencer.

She joined CYBG from Lloyds Banking Group where she was first HR director for Scottish Widows and then the group's wider insurance division, before becoming group HR director for culture, capacity and engagement.

An active supporter of various charities, Guthrie was appointed a trustee of Action for Children in 2014 and was previously chair of the Bank of Scotland Foundation, one of Scotland’s largest charitable donors.

In October 2011 she led the hugely successful Lloyds Banking Group/Save the Children expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro, combining her charitable roles and love for outdoor pursuits and hill walking.

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