Annette Kelleher, group HR director, Johnson Matthey


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Annette Kelleher joined Johnson Matthey in early 2013 as group HR drector. She is responsible for leading the people strategy across the global organisation as it moves into its third century.

Johnson Matthey is an organisation with a long and wonderful heritage, being selected as Britain’s most admired company in 2014, where its people strategy reflects its long term approach to innovation, customer focus and sustainable talent development.

Since joining Johnson Matthey, Kelleher has been instrumental in re-shaping the company’s approach to developing talent at all levels as well as preparing leaders to embrace employee engagement in a way that builds on the organisation’s culture of doing the right thing for the long term.

Kelleher's team has more recently led the transformation of the company’s approach to reward and benefits, enabling much greater transparency for employees through “Elements – bringing your benefits together”, promoting a total reward concept including personalised reward statements and a centralised on-line information platform, which is being rolled out globally.

Prior to joining JM, Kelleher spent the majority of her career with Pilkington Glass where she held a number of challenging roles within both the businesses and corporate, including director of global HR operations, VP HR Automotive Worldwide, head of group talent and head of group remuneration.

Following the take-over of Pilkington by NSG (Nippon Sheet Glass) in 2006, Kelleher had the opportunity to spend significant amounts of time working in Japan and SE Asia, and led much of the HR integration for the organisation.

In addition to her current role, Kelleher is a NED of Hill & Smith Holdings, where she chairs the remuneration committee.

Previously Kelleher was a NED of the Tribunal Services.

She holds a MSc in HR Management and a 1st class BA hons in Business Studies, both of which she achieved while working full time.


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