Editorial Advisory Board

The HR World is fortunate to have some of the UK’s finest HR, talent, business and tech minds to help steer its editorial direction and strengthen its thinking.

Membership of the board includes bi-annual meetings and being on hand to provide insight as key issues arise in the world of work.

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Kim Clarke

Kim Clarke

People Director, Head of HR UK Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Specific interests

People development, businesses learning and developing. Kim is a skilled facilitator and executive coach at board level. As a Fellow of the CIPD, Kim is a regular conference speaker and contributor. She is a mum to three young adults and (with the little spare time available) is a marathon runner, keen foodie and lover of the theatre and art.

Career snapshot

An experienced HR Executive and People Director, having worked across the public and private sector in multiple industries and Internationally. Most recently Kim has spent 20 years within Insurance and Banking including AXA, Friends Life and Aviva. More recently Kim’s held senior roles in banking and is currently the Head of HR UK for SMBC Investment Bank.

Kim has a strong record of leading change and delivery of the People proposition, supporting businesses through transformational change. Partnering board teams, Kim has supported the largest Insurance acquisition of Friends Life by Aviva and has led a series of mergers and acquisition programmes.

Jessica Gallop

Jessica Gallop

Director of People & Organisational Effectiveness, Student Roost

Specific interests

Progressive HR, strategy, culture, business growth, health and wellbeing. Outside of work she can be found walking her three dogs with my husband, or on a beach somewhere preferably hot.

Career snapshot

Jess started out as a drama graduate and took a temp job with Unite Students while at university showing students round new student accommodation. Eleven years later she left there as the Operational Excellence Director in the Property Management Board, overseeing 40k beds.

She moved over to Serviced Apartments, working in London for four years and returned to student accommodation in 2017, where she joined the global real estate behemoth, Greystar, as Operations Director. A subsequent Goldman/Wellcome deal saw my brand merge with iQ, where she stayed to support the transition until joining Student Roost to lead on all things people.

Kathryn Kendall

Kathryn Kendall

Chief People Officer, Benefex

Specific interests

Kathryn is passionate about making a difference and challenging the status quo as well as speaking up and ensuring the voices of all those who need to be heard, are heard. Delivering change, ensuring a future of work that is inclusive to all – as well as reading, writing and singing and laughing with her family.

Career snapshot

Kathryn started her professional working life as an actor, before moving into the totally unrelated career of HR. She joined Benefex in October 2014 and now siits on the board, reporting into the CEO, with overall responsibility for people and culture within the business.

She has almost twenty years’ experience working in senior HR roles across a variety of sectors, heading up both HR and operational functions, and with a core focus on change and transformation activities.

David Mason

David Mason

Global Head of Talent Acquisition, PMI

Specific interests

Talent acquisition, AI, use of strategic insights to drive commercial outcomes – and wine and rugby!

Career snapshot

David has worked in the staffing, talent management and workforce planning fields for over 20 years, holding a number of both in-house and consultancy roles.

Previous roles include Director of Recruitment Capita, COO Resourcing RBS, International Talent Acquisition Director CH2M HILL and Group Head of Resourcing for AXA’s UK and Ireland operations. He was responsible for both temporary and permanent recruitment covering activity from board to customer service level. His early career was spent in the British Army where he served in the 1st Gulf War and Jungle Warfare Instructor as well as leading the “Flying Gunners”, the Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team.

Jyoti Parmar

Jyoti Parmar

Founder and Director, Sacred River Consulting

Specific interests

Consultation advice on transformation, mergers, acquisitions, restructure and people alignment – and travel and good food.

Career snapshot

Jyoti has spent 25 years working in global and transformation projects of all shapes and sizes across both corporate and third sector. Her interim experience has seen her be part of many of the UK’s biggest change programmes and brings a huge amount of knowledge in how to deal with and communicate on major organisational shifts in business and people strategy.

Rob Taffinder

Rob Taffinder

Assistant Director Careers Service, University of Bristol

Specific interests

Graduate talent, HR strategy, talent acquisition, people development, economics and politics. Rob is also a Boston United fan who likes cooking, cricket coaching and walking.

Career snapshot

Rob has a broad range of resourcing experience, leading teams and developing strategies from an agency and inhouse perspective. Alongside this resourcing experience he has also led a corporate responsibility team focused on strategic partnerships and driving employer and customer engagement for the world largest Building Society.

His current role is leading the University of Bristol’s employer and community engagement teams, connecting and preparing students for employment and the world of work.

Sue Turner OBE

Sue Turner OBE

Founder and Director, AI Governance Limited

Specific interests

AI, data, tech, business growth, social justice.

Career snapshot

Sue has dedicated her career to growing organisations and helping people improve their prospects. Early in her career she was South West Director for the CBI and director of a national charity working with businesses to encourage young people to study STEM subjects. She went on to be Chief Executive Officer of Quartet Community Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the UK.

And in 2021 she completed an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and founded AI Governance Limited. She is Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics among other non-exec roles. In 2021, she was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Justice.

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