The British Business Bank Appoints New Chief People Officer

The British Business Bank has appointed Karen Barnett as its new Chief People Officer. Barnett steps into the role from October 2023.

Barnett joins the Bank from WH Ireland, a private wealth management, financial planning, and capital markets services company where she was Human Resources Director anda member of its Executive Committee. Prior to joining WH Ireland, she was Head of Human Resources at Merian Global Investors where she focussed on organizational effectiveness, culture, talent acquisition, and supporting multiple business change agendas. Karen began her career working within a large team at the Department for Education.

Louis Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, of British Business Bank, said he was pleased to welcome Barnett to the Bank adding that she brings a wealth of human resources expertise and knowledge.

Barnett said she is delighted to have the opportunity:

“I look forward to joining the human resources team, working with the business to optimise support for smaller businesses and deliver the Bank’s goals of driving sustainable growth, backing innovation and unlocking potential, whilst working to build the modern, green economy.”


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