Isio hires former Santander HR chief as its first CPO

Pensions and investment advisory firm Isio has announced the appointment of Claire Head as its first chief people officer.

Formerly the people director and deputy chief HR officer at Santander UK, Head has nearly 25 years’ experience in HR. She has previously held positions at Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Fortis Bank and also Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was head of HR.

In her new role, Head will be responsible for driving Isio’s entire people agenda, where she will lead the HR function and partner with the business to design and implement strategies that support Isio’s growth plans.

Commenting on the new appointment, Andrew Coles, CEO, Isio, said: “Claire’s HR experience and attitude to developing an enviable workplace culture really appealed to us.”

He added: “Her appointment further consolidates our senior management, providing a strong base from which to drive new growth while supporting the success and wellbeing of our hugely talented team.”

Speaking about her new role, Head said: “I feel incredibly fortunate to be stepping into this position. It’s really clear that Isio absolutely prides itself on its people and so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop the people agenda to support the organisation’s continued growth and success.”