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Karen Frizzell

Karen advises on senior HR appointments for corporate, financial services and professional services institutions. She has extensive experience of appointing Chief Human Resources Officers, senior generalists, Talent, Learning, Organisational Development, Reward and other specialist positions. In addition to this, she has considerable Corporate Officer experience, with particular expertise in Marketing and Communications. Previously, Karen was a Partner leading the HR and Corporate Officer Practice of Saxton Bampfylde. Prior to this she headed up the HR Practices of JD Haspel and Russell Reynolds. Her early career was in Human Resources. She holds an MA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen.

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Hedley May Thinking

Professionalising Professional Services

Are high quality functional leaders the magic ingredient? ...

Goodbye, glass ceiling?

Female Group HRDs now dominate the FTSE 100, with 52 female HR Directors in the C-suite ...
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Mental Wellbeing

Dr Barbara Mariposa – Mental Health Expert and Thought Leader in the field of workplace wellbeing and Rachel Kelly – Writer and Ambassador for Mental Health, discuss the importance of tackling mental health issues in the work place ...

Tax follows Reward

It has been a difficult few years for big business - as if the economic environment has not been challenging ...

Becoming an NED – HR Directors up 318%; lawyers down 32%

We analysed the success of HR Directors and lawyers on becoming PLC Non-Executive Directors it made for pretty grim reading. HRDs have had rather more to celebrate than their legal counterparts ...
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So why do people work for your organisation? A critical question for the RemCo

In the current plc remuneration landscape, where large awards are under intense scrutiny, companies increasingly need to look to non-financial levers to entice and retain key talent, rather than relying on purely financial incentives ...

Executive Pay – Perspectives on a fair Deal

Our survey results highlight the areas where there is broad alignment, to those where there is fundamental disagreement – from the importance of the CEO to a company’s success, to the need for better succession planning ...

The HR Director’s right-hand and successor?

Reward continues to be the hottest area of HR. Migration from Reward into Senior Generalist HR roles is a growing trend in banking ...

Reward isn’t just a technical discipline; it is related to psychology, motivation and culture

Peter Newhouse, Global Head of Reward, discusses how Unilever is understanding reward from the consumers’ point of view and how the demands on Heads of Reward have changed now that we are in “the era of application”. He also dispenses some invaluable advice for the next generation of reward leaders ...

Changing Faces at the RemCo

Strategies for Navigating Today’s Remuneration Landscape ...

If I’m ever going to be fired it will be because there was a mix up with the RemCo

Hugh Mitchell, Former Chief Human Resources & Corporate Officer, Royal Dutch Shell”discusses the pivotal moments in his career, the growing opportunities for HR to make an impact in international organisations and why Group HR Directors don’t need to be on the main board ...

Gender Diversity: Moving the Dial in 2012

A year after the Davies Report, there has been step change in the number of women appointed to FTSE 100 Boards. However, 87% of these board seats are non-executive. So how much has really changed and what more needs to be done to ensure women are better represented at all levels in organisations? Caroline Waters OBE gives her view on the controversial question of quotas and discusses some of the key barriers to progress and how these might be addressed ...
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Diversity and inclusion applies to everybody, from the CEO to the janitor…

Helen Mahy CBE, former General Counsel & Company Secretary, National Grid and Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Vodafone talk to Nick Hedley about the practical steps that can be taken to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace ...
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