Hermes has created the new role of chief people officer as part of its commitment to investing in its people as the business continues to grow and transform. Penny Garnett will take up the role, working alongside the executive committee and Jill Maples in her new role of people and culture director.
Garnett’s remit includes driving cultural change within the business, looking at aligning practices and approaches for employees, self- employed contractors and agency staff. as well as ways of addressing the industry driver shortage from within the business and focussing on senior level succession and talent planning.
Garnett joins from services provider Serco where she was HR director and has held similar roles at fintech firm Pico and the James Hay Partnership.
Commenting on her new role, she said: “Now more than ever, it’s people who make the difference between a good business and a great one and it is this ethos that will form the foundation of everything I intend to implement.”