HR Directors Roundtable: Helen Webb, Chief HR Officer, Co-operative Group
With the increasing challenges faced by organisations, whether private, public or not-for-profit; HR as a function has an increasingly crucial role to play. Join us to hear from Helen Webb, Chief HR Officer of The Co-op. She will share her experiences and insights, which are particularly valuable given her experience not only as a senior HR professional, but also as a previous Central Retail Director with a focus on store profitability.
Following Helen's remarks, attendees will then be invited to take part in a discussion.
About the speaker
Helen has 25 years’ experience in retailing and financial services. Before joining Co-op as HR Director for the Food business in January 2014, Helen held senior positions in Morrisons, ASDA, Aviva, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s.
Helen was appointed to the role of Chief HR Officer of the Co-op in April 2017. She is a member of the Group Executive, leading the HR function across the Group to champion a better way of doing business for customers, members, colleagues and communities.
Helen has been involved in a number of large change roles including the integration of ASDA within Wal-Mart and also led strategic projects including the creation of a Global Diversity strategy for Aviva. After 6 years as Retail HR Director at Sainsbury’s, in 2012 she was appointed to the role of Central Retail Director where her accountabilities included Profit Protection, Facilities Management, Planning and Response and the Simple Stores team responsible for improving ways of working and store profitability. In her role as HR Director for the Co-op Food business she was responsible for developing and leading the people strategy for over 60,000 colleagues in stores, logistics and support centres.
Helen also undertakes the role of NED on the board of Housing for Women; both a housing association and a charity, providing homes and related services to empower women to make the most of the opportunities they have. She’s passionate about diversity and is a strong women’s advocate, winning an ‘Everywoman Retail Ambassador’ award in 2015.Helen has a degree in Politics, is a qualified member of the CIPD and is a visiting fellow of The University of Birmingham Business School.