HR Directors Roundtable with Deborah McKenzie, Chief People Officer, Public Health England

Please note, this is a private event, by invitation only, and is intended specifically for HR Directors. The invitees are carefully selected in line with The Whitehall and Industry Group’s charitable purpose, representing organisations from a variety of sectors, to bring a range of views and perspectives. If you or a colleague would like to be considered for future roundtables in this series, then please feel free to email us on [email protected]

In this roundtable discussion, HR Directors from across the sectors will come together to discuss the importance of leading and supporting through crises. Deborah McKenzie, Chief People Officer of Public Health England, will open the session, before an open conversation involving all.

  • Deborah McKenzie

    Chief People Officer

    Public Health England

    My passion is people, understanding how we behave, and what enables us to adapt successfully to new or different circumstances.  All of the roles I’ve had throughout my career have a strong people focus and have enabled me to gain extensive experience of organisational change and leadership development. I am also intrigued by how systems operate and their impact on culture. My interest began when I worked for an international company and spent 8 years travelling around the world. During this time I worked in 4 continents and over 20 countries, building my understanding of how good practice could be transferred from one culture to another. In terms of career, I have worked in the Public Sector for over a decade and during this time have had roles at the Cabinet Office, Department of Health, an acute trust, an SHA, in local government and most recently at Public Health England. Following the announcement in August 2020 regarding the establishment of the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP), I have also been appointed as the Senior Responsible Officer for the design and creation of the NIHP. In my early career, I worked for Accenture as an Associate Partner, where I led a number of large-scale change programmes. Prior to this and following University, I spent a few years in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, holding roles as varied as Market Research Manager; Space Planning Manager; National Sales Account Manager; and Trade Marketing Manager.



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