Cushon appoints chief people officer

Joanna Bean

Rapidly growing finance technology provider Cushon has appointed experienced HR practitioner Jo Bean as chief people officer.

The firm, which recently completed four acquisitions in 12 months and now has 140 employees, said Bean would focus on embedding values across the expanding business.

She will also promote diversity and inclusion activity at Cushon as well as ensuring staff have the tools they need to develop and be successful.

Previously head of people for Thomsons Online Benefits, Bean before that held the same job title for benefits software provider Darwin. She also spent 15 years at Samsung Electronics UK, rising from HR advisor to head of reward for UK and Ireland.

Ben Pollard, chief executive and co-founder of Cushon, said the organisation’s people were “critical” if it was going to achieve success on its mission to accelerate the use of technology and innovation in the UK workplace savings and pensions sector.

“In her new role as chief people officer, Jo will ensure we are supporting and developing our people to be at their best and help instil our company values across the growing business,” he added.

If Cushon’s acquisition of the Creative Pension Trust is approved by the regulator, it will increase the fintech’s customer base to over 400,000 and the value of the assets under its management to £1.7 billion.

Bean said she was “excited” to join Cushon at this time.

I’ve worked with Cushon as a client for four years and am delighted to now be able to work with the team on all things related to culture and people,” she added.

“I’ll be supporting Cushon in delivering its strategic objectives and to help the business grow even further over the coming years; with a focus on a values-based engagement approach, which is about the team working, living and breathing our Cushon values.

“I’ll be designing and delivering programmes and initiatives that support each and every Cushoneer, helping them to grow further and develop along the way.”