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Sandy Begbie, global head of people and organisation integration, Standard Life


Begbie is responsible for integration following the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management in August 2017

Begbie is also the lead executive for the joint venture Heng An Standard Life in China and the Asia business based in Hong Kong. He joined Standard Life in May 2010 as the group transformation director. He was also a member of KPMG’s P3 client advisory board until July 2016, chairman of Career Ready, the Scottish Advisory Board (SAB) and has recently been appointed as a NED on Open University's board. Begbie also chairs the new regional Developing Young Workforce (DYW) group to tackle Edinburgh and Lothian's youth unemployment. He is a member of the HR50 network; a trusted forum for the world’s leading chief HR officers with only 50 members globally.

Begbie’s main areas of expertise are operating internationally, leading major organisational change, driving performance through a strong commercial approach, and growing talent within an organisation. Before joining Standard Life he was HR director at AEGON UK (2007 to 2010) and Scottish Power (2000 to 2007). Prior to this he held a range of senior roles at RBS (1983 to 2000), including leadership, management and talent development, business change, organisation development and training and reward.

Begbie’s career highlights to date include:

  • Being voted HR Network Scotland’s ‘HR Director of the Year’ in 2009 and 'Outstanding Contribution to Scottish HR Award' in 2011
  • Leading the team that won the HR Network ‘Talent Management Programme of the Year 2010’ for Standard Life
  • Membership of the board of the Wharton Business School, Philadelphia (2004 to 2010)
  • Completing nine years as NED with the Scottish government and chair of its remuneration committee
  • Being appointed chair of Standard Life Asia's board, a member of the Heng An Standard Life (HASL) board and chair of the HASL audit and risk committee in 2012
  • Being fifth in HR magazine’s Most Influential Practitioner of the Decade list and also making the HR Most Influential 2014 and 2015 lists
  • Awarded 'Most Influential HR Director' at HR Most Influential 2016
  • Winner of 'Inspirational Role Model' award at The Scottish Diversity Awards 2016

  • Begbie gained an MBA at the University of Edinburgh and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Away from work his interests include travelling, gardening and reading business books and biographies.