Recent Appointments

Recent Appointments


BGL Group

BGL Group has announced the appointment of Rachael Gillett as Chief People Officer (CPO).  Rachel will join BGL from Thomas Cook, where she is Group and UK HR Director. Prior to Thomas Cook, Rachael spent more than 20 years with Guoman (Thistle) Hotels in various roles before becoming Group HR Director. She will become part of BGL Group’s Executive Committee.

BGL’s Chief Executive, Matthew Donaldson, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Rachael to BGL. She brings extensive experience of working with well-known, market-leading brands, and her track record in developing global people strategies; driving employee engagement and implementing first class leadership programmes makes her an excellent fit for BGL. I’m confident she will help us to ensure we maintain our renowned focus on our people as we continue to grow.”

Speaking about joining BGL, Rachael said: “I’m excited to be joining the team at BGL. I am keen to support the company as it builds its reputation for being a great place to work, and seeks to retain and develop the best talent. With employee engagement scores at a record high, I’ll be starting from very strong foundations.”

Resource Solutions

Resource Solutions has appointed Kirsty Adams as Global HR Director from network telecommunications provider, Openreach where she led a team of HR business partners supporting the business and cultural transformation of their delivery teams of over 4,500 employees. Kirsty has a wealth of experience in human resources and talent management at British Telecommunications giant, BT. When BT acquired mobile network operator EE, Kirsty led the integration of the EE B2B sales force into the BT Group. During Kirsty’s tenure BT was ranked on LinkedIn’s Top Companies to work for in the UK.

As Global HR Director, Kirsty will lead a global team to develop and implement HR strategies, programmes and policies to drive Resource Solutions’ high-performance and values orientated culture. Kirsty will spearhead efforts to enhance Resource Solutions’ cultural transformation to embed the brand’s values into the business’ recruitment, management, and people development practices globally.

Oliver Harris, Resource Solutions’ CEO said: “Kirsty’s experience driving cultural change and business transformation will be harnessed to focus on supporting our global business that is growing at pace. Our employees are at the heart of our business and Kirsty’s leadership will play a significant role in fostering our commitment to offering our people better careers. We are excited to welcome Kirsty to the Resource Solutions global family."

BPS World

Global resourcing specialists BPS World has announced that Kevin Green, the departing CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), will be joining BPS as a non-executive director on 1st April 2018.  BPS is a global recruitment partner with clients spanning the Engineering, Technology, FinTech and Business and Professional sectors.

Kevin Green was Chief Executive of REC for ten years, having previously spent 5 years as HR Director of Royal Mail letters. Prior to that he ran his own strategic HR consultancy Qtab ltd. He explained why he had accepted his new position with BPS; “I’m delighted to be joining an organisation as pioneering, innovative and global as BPS; I’ve long admired how ambitious and hard -working they are, and with world class team of people.

"I see my role as advising and helping Simon and his Global leadership team achieve BPS’s full potential, leveraging my knowledge and experience to raise the profile of the BPS brand. I will also seek to help them further develop their already strong talent management offering so it provides even greater value to their ever-increasing client list.”

Simon Conington, who set up BPS in 2001, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Kevin as a non-executive director of BPS.  He is widely respected as an outstanding CEO of REC and has played a key role in changing the perceptions of the industry.  He brings to BPS enormous amounts of experience that I know will be of huge benefit to BPS, our clients and our candidates.”


Capita has announced the appointment of Will Serle as Chief People Officer, with effect from April 2018. He will join Capita’s Executive Committee and report directly to Jonathan (Jon) Lewis, Capita’s Chief Executive Officer.

Will has over 25 years of Human Resources experience and has developed significant expertise in leading teams in highly demanding and complex organisations. Prior to joining Capita, he was Chief People Officer at Amec Foster Wheeler, where he led the company’s global HR leadership team. Will has also held senior HR management roles including at several energy firms.

 “Our people are key to the long-term success of Capita and I am determined to invest in developing talented colleagues that help position Capita as a differentiated provider of technology enabled solutions. I worked with Will for a number of years and I am very pleased he is joining us. Will has a superb track record in effectively implementing strategies to manage the human capital in large, complex businesses. He also has extensive experience of overseeing companies going through significant reorganisations and his insight will be invaluable as we continue with the transformation plan we announced in January of this year. This appointment is representative of the important steps we are already taking within the business to return it to long-term sustainable growth.” Jon Lewis, CEO

Will said “I am really excited by the prospect of joining Capita. Jon has talked to me at length about the excellent talent that already exists within the business and, while this is obviously a period of significant change within the company, a major part of my role will be to ensure the right resources are in place to deliver Capita back to a position of strength”


The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has announced the appointment of David D’Souza as its Membership Director. David brings with him extensive experience and knowledge both of the CIPD and the wider HR community. He has been at the CIPD since 2015, initially as Head of London and later as Head of Engagement. Previous to that he worked as an independent consultant following a long career in HR in financial services and retail.

David D’Souza said: “I'm honoured and delighted to take on a new role at the heart of a profession that I'm extremely proud to be a member of. I have a firm belief - one which I have seen in practice on many occasions - in the difference our members make to their employees, organisations and society as a whole. I look forward to building on the work we have done over the last few years to enhance standards across the profession and the value our members get from their association with the CIPD.”

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD said: “I’m delighted to welcome David into his new role. During his time at the CIPD, David has engaged widely across our membership and the HR community, and has been a strong voice for our purpose and mission. He brings a wealth of HR and operational experience in to this new broader leadership role where he will help focus the development of our membership and the services and support we provide.”


Nationwide has welcomed a number of new hires, including: Jon Hull as Head of Resourcing for Customer, Change & Technology, James Clark as Head of Resourcing Strategy & Specialist Services, 2017 Recruiter Awards winner Kesh Ladwa as Head of Resourcing for Group Functions, Tom Portingale as Head of Employer Brand External Relations and Sarah Griffiths and Laura Thomas as Head of EBM (job share).

Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill, Director of Resourcing, said “For the past two years we’ve been leading Nationwide on a transformation journey; building a world class & modern resourcing function which is able to deliver on the ambitions of the Society.  As one of the few truly strategic and genuinely holistic resourcing functions in the UK which in addition to delivery, spans strategic workforce planning, Contingent Labour full accountability (across all categories) and a range of critical controls operated on behalf of the organisation. It’s essential that we have the best and most commercial minds in in-house resourcing.  Our plans for the next two years are ambitious, challenging and market leading, and I’m excited to have the strongest team I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with to lead on that journey. Watch this space!”

James Clark comments: “Nationwide is an iconic brand, one which its people care deeply about; the resourcing team has created a great foundation in which to build upon. I genuinely feel like a kid in a sweet shop, the opportunities are endless.”

John Hull adds: “Katrina’s strategic vision and the Society’s strong mutual values really resonated with me. Its members’ and talent are at the heart of everything they do. These values provide great potential and support for long term resourcing planning. I’m also excited to be in an environment where I can implement and execute leading edge recruitment practise and technology at scale.”

Thursday, 22 March 2018

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