Most Influential Practitioners by Sector

Construction and property

HRMI 2021: Harvey Francis, Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer, Skanska UK

Harvey Francis is executive vice president and chief people officer at Skanska UK Plc, a role he has held since 2008. He joined Skanska in 2007, having previously held senior HR and operational roles...


Financial services

HRMI 2021: Caroline Nugent, HR Director, Financial Ombudsman Service

Nugent is director of HR & OD at the Financial Ombudsman Service. As part of the executive, Nugent is responsible ensuring the Financial Ombudsman Service manages its statutory role as well as...

HRMI 2021: Danny Harmer, Chief People Officer, Aviva

Danny was appointed chief people officer for Aviva Plc in February 2020. She leads Aviva’s global People and Culture strategy and is passionate about supporting our people and keeping things simple...

HRMI 2021: Hannah Awonuga, Global Head of Colleague Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays

Hannah Awonuga is the global head of colleague engagement, diversity and inclusion at Barclays. In her role, she is responsible for strategic oversight of the global employee resource groups, she is...

HRMI 2021: Mark McLane, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing, M&G

McLane is head of diversity, inclusion and wellbeing for M&G plc, an international savings and investments business with over 7 million customers across the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

HRMI 2021: Siobhan Sheridan, Chief People Officer, Financial Conduct Authority

Sheridan Sheridan joined the Financial Conduct Authority as chief people officer in March 2021, joining the regulator from the Ministry of Defence where she was the civilian HR director.

Hospitality, leisure and travel

HRMI 2021: Jon Dawson, Group Director of People Development, Lore Group

Jon Dawson was appointed Lore Group’s director of people & development in September 2020, having joined the international hospitality company from Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London and One Hyde Park...

HRMI 2021: Kathryn Austin, Chief People and Marketing Officer, Pizza Hut Restaurants UK

Kathryn Austin was appointed chief people & marketing officer of Pizza Hut Restaurants in 2012, operating around 200 Pizza Hut Restaurants across the UK.


HRMI 2021: Sue Swanborough, HR Director, Europe, Snacks Kolak

Swanborough is an experienced HR director with a track record of delivering focussed, pragmatic people strategies to transform organisations, cultures, leaders, and teams across different sizes of...

HRMI 2021: Jane Brydon, People Director, The Heineken Company

Brydon joined Heineken in March 2014. Her previous role was at Sainsbury’s Bank where she was the People and Communications Director.

HRMI 2021: Stuart Branch, Weetabix, Chief People and Digital Officer

Branch has over 10 years’ executive level experience in business. In his current role, he is responsible for the organisation and effectiveness of people, systems, technology, culture, and performance...

Media, marketing, publishing and print

HRMI 2021: Amina Folarin, Chief Inclusion and People Officer, Inside Ideas Group

Folarin is the global chief people & inclusion officer at Oliver and the Inside Ideas Group. The youngest of Oliver’s global leadership team, Folarin oversees Oliver’s People function globally: 3,500...

HRMI 2021: Jabbar Sardar, Global HR Director, BBC Studios

Jabbar Sardar is global HR director for BBC Studios, the commercial subsidiary of the BBC that combines the strengths of the UK’s most awarded-production company with a world class distributor.

HRMI 2021: Melanie Tansey, Group HR Director, Hachette

Tansey was appointed group HR director of Hachette UK in January 2019. The UK’s second largest book publishing group, Hachette UK is in a period of significant growth, acquisition, and diversification...

HRMI 2021: Tim Pointer, Global Senior Vice President of HR, Global Brands Group

As senior vice-president, people & culture, Pointer is a member of the global executive team of brand management agency CAA-GBG leading their people strategy with a team across the Americas, Asia and...

Mobile telecommunications

Not for profit

HRMI 2021: Grace Mansah-Owusu, Talent Consultant, British Heart Foundation

Mansah-Owusu is a chartered psychologist and member of both the British Psychological Society and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

HRMI 2021: Kerry Smith, Director of People and OD, British Heart Foundation

Smith is the executive director of people and organisational development at the British Heart Foundation, one of the largest charities in the UK at over £350m turnover. She has three decades’ worth of...

Oil, gas and mining

Public sector

HRMI 2021: Debbie Alder, Director General of People and Capability, Department for Work and Pensions

Alder is the director general of human resources at the Department of Work and Pensions. She sets and leads the department's people straegy, aligning it to the business strategy and the wider Civil...

HRMI 2021: Angela O’Driscoll, Director of People and Transformation, Companies House

O'Driscoll joined Companies House in May 2012 as head of human resources and estates. She took up the new role of director of people transformation in February 2018.  This role brings together HR,...

HRMI 2021: Philippa Bonay, Director of People and Business Services, Office for National Statistics

A fellow of the CIPD and one of 2020’s UK 50 Leading Lights in Kindness & Leadership, Bonay has extensive international corporate experience across the whole HR remit in both the private and public...

HRMI 2021: Richard Hall, Head of Resourcing and Learning and Development, Hertfordshire County Council

Hall is head of resourcing and development at Hertfordshire County Council. Prior to this he has held numerous positions including roles with Anglian Water Group and IBM.

HRMI 2021: Stephen Moir, Executive Director of Corporate Services, Edinburgh Council

The City of Edinburgh Council’s executive director of corporate services since 2017, Moir Moir is responsible for leading the Council’s strategic and corporate services, including HR, Finance and...


HRMI 2021: Sue Round, Head of Social Mobility, Inclusion and Belonging, Co-op

Round has multi-sector experience of devising effective global talent management strategies, diversity, and leadership strategies that deliver organisational transformation and drive continuous...

Support services

HRMI 2021: Corina Forman, HR Director, APC Overnight

As HR director at The APC, Forman works closely with the leadership team to drive forward a people focused approach and instil HR practices, applying over 30 years of experience to create a work...

HRMI 2021: Sharon Benson, HR Director, Sunrise Senior Living UK

Benson is human resources director at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, a luxury care home provider operating 46 homes employing 5,000 colleagues. She leads a team of 31 covering...


HRMI 2021: Patricia Ashworth, Learning Director, Adviser Plus

Ashworth joined AdviserPlus in 2007 from the Co-operative Bank where she was head of management development.



HRMI 2021: Neil Morrison, Group HR Director, Severn Trent

Morrison is currently the director of HR for FTSE100 water company Severn Trent and has executive responsibility for all aspects of HR as well as the corporate communications, PR and marketing teams.