Linda Kennedy-McCarthy

Group HR Director - SIG plc

Topic: Operational vs Strategic: Getting the board on-board

 

Linda is currently Group HR Director for SIG who are a major supplier to the construction industry of exterior and interior products across the UK, Europe and UAE. Previously she was Vice President of People for Orange UK and then Chief Change Officer at EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, where she was successful in delivering Orange UK into the Sunday Times Best Companies and in leading the merger and integration of Orange and T-Mobile.  Prior to EE, Linda was Group HR Director at international service company Serco, where she was responsible for the development of their people strategy and the implementation of a new leadership and talent management framework

Linda has over 22 years of significant HR experience across a range of industries and has worked for large global organisations including the roles of Global HR Director at Williams Lea, the corporate information solutions business, global HR Director at waste management business Cleanaway and VP Human Resources  at oil and mining company BHP Billiton, amongst others.  Linda has worked internationally across various geographies including South Africa, South America, Australia, the Former Soviet Union and Europe  during her career.    She is fluent in several languages including French, German and Spanish and is an Associate of the Institute of Linguists.

Although a generalist in HR, she specializes in Organisation Design, Change Management and Engagement and takes a metric driven approach to demonstrate value added HR.   Linda has had extensive experience in company turnarounds, business mergers and re-organisations.  Having originally studied at Napier University, Linda is now a Fellow of the CIPD.

Topic

Operational vs Strategic: Getting the board on-board