Kate Guthrie, group HR director, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank


Kate Guthrie
Kate Guthrie, group HR director, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank
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Kate Guthrie was appointed as group HR director, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank in January 2016, with responsibility for developing and leading HR strategy.

Kate Guthrie's previous role was HR director - culture, capacity and engagement at Lloyds Banking Group, encompassing group-wide talent strategy, executive and leadership development, learning, organisation culture and colleague engagement.

In this role she led a team of around 450 people, having regular contact with the bank’s group executive committee and main board. Her role involved leading the development and implementation of people strategy ensuring that the right investments in development, colleague frameworks, systems and processes are made to build a high performing organisation.

Previous employers have included Novartis, Diageo and Marks & Spencer. She is an HR generalist by background and has spent large parts of her career managing mergers and acquisitions, organisational restructurings, culture change, talent and development and employee relations.

Guthrie was appointed a trustee of Action for Children in October 2014. She has lived and worked abroad, both globally and in Europe.

She is based in Scotland and is a member of the Scottish Executive Committee and Chair of the Bank of Scotland Foundation.

In October 2011 Kate co-led the very successful LBG/Save the Children expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro.

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