Isio names Claire Head as Chief People Officer

22 April 2021 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read
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Claire Head has joined Isio as its inaugural Chief People Officer. She takes over from Colin Silverman, who fulfilled the role on an interim basis.

Following its private equity carve-out from KPMG at the end of 2019, Isio launched across eight locations in Britain, holding onto its 20 partners and 500 staff. The firm has since been looking to expand its expertise, and earlier in 2021, it announced its first round of partner promotions since becoming independent.

Now, Isio has appointed a new partner and Chief People Officer. The role had been fulfilled on an interim basis by Colin Silverman throughout the firm’s first year of solo-trading – during which time the team to transition from KPMG to Isio and then begin remote working just 10 working days later – however, after a transition period in the coming weeks the position will be occupied by Claire Head.

Isio names Claire Head as Chief People Officer

Thanking Silverman for his “expertise and calm, measured approach,” Isio CEO Andrew Coles said of the appointment, “Claire’s HR experience and attitude to developing an enviable workplace culture really appealed to us. Her appointment further consolidates our senior management team, providing a strong base from which to drive new growth while supporting the success and wellbeing of our hugely talented team.”

Head brings more than twenty years of HR business experience to Isio, having held senior roles at multiple investment banks in the UK. Most recently, this saw her work as People Director and Deputy Chief HR Officer with Santander UK, while prior to this she was Head of HR for a division at the Royal Bank of Scotland. She will now lead on Isio’s people agenda, including designing and implementing the strategy to underpin and support the consultancy’s growth.

Reflecting on her new challenge, Head noted, “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. I also feel incredibly fortunate to be stepping into the position following the outstanding job Colin and the HR team have done over the last 12 months against some really challenging circumstances.”