Talent, Learning & Reward Movers and Shakers

Following on from our earlier post highlighting the moves across the CPO and HR Director communities, Oakleaf Executive has also seen a number of moves across specialist Talent & Learning and Reward. In particular, we have seen a number of senior hires within Talent Acquisition across all sectors.  Hopefully, a positive sign for the market!   

In addition, there have been a number of moves between different sectors within specialist roles.  

Many congratulations to the following individuals in our network on securing new roles.

Talent and Learning  

Charlotte Cherry and Alix Ainsley joined John Lewis Partnership as Director of Talent & Learning.  They previously worked as a job share at Quilter and I am pleased they have managed to maintain this partnership.  

Jessica Bellwood joined Capco as Head of Talent, L&D and Leadership.  She previously worked with Rosanne Kincaid-Smith at Refinitiv. 

Natalie Hughes-Jacquemin joined CapGemini as Chief Talent and Learning Officer from Mercer. 

Anand Kumar joined PTW as Global Head of Learning & Development.  He was previously at BP.   

Marina Gromova joined Tech Data as Director Talent Management.  She was previously HR Director at Delphi Technologies 

Neeha Kurana moved to Celonis as Head of Culture & Leadership from Finastra.

Jai Cozzi is the new Global Head of Talent at Ocado Group.  He joined from RELX. 

Emma Smythe joined Aviva as Director of Aviva University.  She was previously at the AA. 

Rachel Dale is now Director of People Growth and Performance at Nationwide Building Society.  She was previously Head of Leader Development and Talent at Sky. 

Sarah McKinlay is now Talent Development Director ISG.  She was Global Head of Talent Acquisition at Dunhumby. 

Colette Comerford has joined DLA Piper as Head of Culture & Inclusion.  She has joined from LGIM. 

Talent Acquisition 

Richard Larkin joined GHD as Talent Acquisition Lead.   

Kay Jones Wolsey joined BDO as Head of Resourcing.  She had previously worked for BA. 

Alasdair MacDonald is the new Head of Talent Acquisition at Kingfisher.  He joined from Entain. 

Helen Motture  is now Head of Experienced Hire Resourcing at Accenture.  She was previously at KPMG and Dentsu. 

Matt Bailey has joined Accenture as European Lead for MD Hiring from Hewlett Packard. 

Sarah Roche is the new Director of Early Careers Liberty Global.  She was previously at UBS. 


Saffron Freeman has joined Britivic as Head of Global Reward from Amey. 

Meera Mistry is now VP Reward at Pearson.  She was previously at Ascential. 

Rachel Clifford has joined OGCI Climate Investments LLP as Reward Director from Spire Healthcare. 

Svetlana Ignatenko is now Head of Reward at Inside Ideas Group.  She was previously interim at Diageo and Quilter. 

Damandeep Chugh has joined NewDay as Head of Reward from Federated Hermes. 

Joel Thompson is now Head of Reward and HR Analytics at Ebury.  He was previously at Aon. 

David Millard is the new Head of Performance, Reward and Mobility at Fujitsu.  He joined from Control Risks where he was Strategic Reward Director. 

Jean Slater-Romp has joined Eversheds Sutherland as Head of Reward.  She was previously at Slaughter and May. 

James Whittaker has joined SimplyHealth as Head of Reward. 

Jules Ingleby has moved to Barclays as Head of Reward, Policy and Governance from Schroders. 

Brian McLoughlin has joined Mundipharma as Director Total Reward from Menzies Aviation. 

Alex Lawrie is the new Head of Reward at Equniti. He was previously at Willis Towers Watson. 

Rachel Clark has joined John Lewis as Head of Total Reward from Virgin Atlantic. 

Mili Handa has joined JLL as EMEA Head of Reward from LSEG. 

If you would be interested in a more detailed insight into the Executive HR market, please contact Emma Castillo. Emma places executive HR, Talent, Learning and Reward specialists across the UK and internationally.

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