The Hot 100: M – S

HOT 100Simone Macmillan
Associate director, pensions and benefits, Barclays Bank

Macmillan has 22 years’ pensions experience covering both DB and DC schemes, working both in-house and with third-party administrators. She started her career at Godwins (now Aon Hewitt) where she gained wide-ranging experience. This was followed by a move to Bupa as technical pensions manager. Then at MNPA, she worked as a client manager for a number of clients. Macmillan then worked at Lend Lease for just over seven years, managing its pension schemes and pensions policy and strategy. She left in January 2012 to join Barclays Bank.


HOT 100Alison Main
Head of international benefits, Wells Fargo

As head of international benefits, Main is responsible for Wells Fargo employees across 25 countries. Before joining the company, Main was compensation and benefits manager, mergers and acquisitions, for the EMEA region at Oracle.

Read also Alison Main joins Wells Fargo.


HOT 100Neil McCawley
Head of reward, benefits and policy, Wolseley UK

McCawley has been part of the reward team at Wolseley UK since April 2007, where he is responsible for all aspects of reward and benefits. Before that, he was reward manager at One Stop Stores (a subsidiary of Tesco), for three and a half years. His career started at Barclays Bank, where he spent 21 years in a variety of roles, starting in branch banking and ending up as an HR project manager working on reward and non-reward-related projects. Read also Wolseley plumbs staff into £4.5 million bonus scheme.


HOT 100Neil McKie
Head of reward and management information (MI), Herbert Smith

McKie started his career in banking at NatWest, and moved into IT as an analyst programmer for five years, before switching to internal consultancy and reward design. McKie then spent three years at Barclays in reward, which was followed by six years as head of reward and management information at Deloitte.

He joined Herbert Smith in January 2009 as head of reward and MI and also has responsibility for HR systems, as well as the international mobility team.

HOT 100Colin Miller
Reward manager, Kent County Council

As reward manager, Miller has been responsible for delivering the council’s reward strategy, which includes performance-based pay progression, ensuring fair and transparent job grading and introducing targeted approaches to recognise and reward personal delivery. This involves a competitive range of employee-focused benefits and policies. Miller started his career at Pfizer, spending five years in research before moving into HR in 1995. He is currently chairman of the CIPD Reward Forum and a member of the CIPD VP Reward Panel. He won the Employee Benefits Award for ‘Compensation and benefits professional of the year’ in 2010.

HOT 100Jeremy Mindell
Senior reward and tax manager, Henderson Global Investors

Mindell started his career in employment and personal taxation in a big four accountancy firm. He was a senior manager with Deloitte and Touche before going in-house. Mindell moved to AMP (Australia Mutual Provident), which had about 10,000 employees, in 2001. Additional areas he took on there were share schemes, reward design, pensions and benefits. When AMP disposed of its UK businesses, he joined Henderson. Mindell was elected a member-nominated director of the Henderson pension scheme and has also led the share schemes team in design and communication, winning awards and recognition from the industry.

HOT 100Harsha Modha
Director – UK benefits, GSK

Modha has over 20 years’ experience as a pensions and benefits professional. At GSK, she is responsible for benefits programmes such as healthcare, save-as-you-earn (SAYE), share incentive plan (Sip), salary sacrifice plans, pensions administration and the car scheme. Modha has led critical team projects and initiatives at GSK and has consolidated a number of external and internal benefits providers, leading to a seamless service and cost savings.

Read also GlaxoSmithKline introduces company car scheme.


HOT 100Sarah Moise
Global insured and medical benefits manager, Schlumberger

Moise joined Schlumberger in 1997, initially working as global compensation and benefits manager for the company’s acquisition businesses and has, for six years, been responsible for managing local benefits across 80 countries. She added managing international benefit plans to her remit in 2010. Moise’s background is as a personnel generalist and it was on joining Schlumberger that she entered the world of benefits. Previously, she worked for Balfour Beatty, Bovis Construction and Babcock Engineering in HR roles.

HOT 100Debbie Morey
Compensation and benefits manager, GeoPost UK

Morey’s role at GeoPost includes overall responsibility for the firm’s voluntary and flexible benefits. She heads the employee recognition scheme and manages the company’s closed DB pension scheme and employer-sponsored stakeholder pension plan. Morey is secretary to the trustees for the DB scheme, and has 16 years’ pensions experience.†

Read also GeoPost UK extends flexible benefits

HOT 100Rosemary Mounce
Group pensions manager, Arup

Mounce is responsible for the Arup group’s global pensions strategy. She started as an actuarial student in a major consultancy, moving to a role as an in-house pension scheme manager. Mounce has worked with some of the largest UK plans and managed overseas schemes on every continent. Her aim has been to align the benefits design with the needs and finances of the employer and improve scheme governance.

Mounce will be speaking at Employee Benefits Connect 2012.


HOT 100Chad Murphy
Total reward manager, United Health Group

Murphy has been with United for almost two years. Previously, he held HR and reward positions at Aviva, Dollond and Aitchison and Vodafone. This is his first non-UK specific reward role and he is enjoying the challenges of working in an internationally focused role.

Read also United Health Group struggles to get market data on 2012 pension reforms.

HOT 100Brian Newman
International human resources director, Live Nation Entertainment

Newman graduated with a degree in personnel management in 2001, during which time he worked for the Woolwich Building Society in corporate HR before shifting into the dotcom boom in a start-up firm based in the City. After that, he joined ITV Productions, and then finally Live Nation, where he has spent eight years working in the theatre division, music venues, and is now responsible for all HR activity across the Live Nation Entertainment business.


HOT 100Sarah Newsome
Manager – compensation and benefits/ employment law, Marriott Europe

After gaining a BA (Hons) in hotel and catering management, Newsome has held various posts in the hotel industry. Starting as an operational manager, she digressed into personnel and training at hotel level before taking a regional training role. She joined Marriott in 1998 and opened the five-star London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, as director of human resources, before moving into a corporate role for Marriott in 2001. In 2004, she began specialising in employment law and compensation and benefits. Newsome’s remit originally covered the UK only, but was extended two years ago to cover Europe.


HOT 100Sarah Nightingale
Benefits manager, UK and Republic of Ireland, Tesco Stores

Nightingale joined Tesco after gaining a first-class honours degree in business management and psychology. In her five years at head office, she has worked in a range of specialist and operational personnel roles. She spent a year in the reward team before joining the UK and Republic of Ireland benefits team, where she works to deliver the Tesco benefits package to over 270,000 employees. Nightingale’s role is as champion for the scheme, focusing on engaging each employee with benefits through creative and simple communication, including new and traditional media. Read also Tesco adds QR code to total reward statements.


HOT 100Marianne Nugent
Benefits manager, Nomura

Nugent has been responsible for employee pensions and benefits in the EMEA region at Nomura since early 2009. Nugent gained 20 years’ experience in tax and employee benefits consulting (including flexible benefits) before joining Nomura.†

Read also Nomura rolls out flexible benefits scheme.


HOT 100Julie Osman
Director of pensions and benefits, Eli Lilly

Osman joined Lilly in 1991, spending 10 years in financial management roles before moving to HR in 2001 as director of pensions and benefits. Osman has introduced share plans, flexible benefits, an employee assistance programme and managed pensions change for the UK and Ireland. The Lilly Pension Plan has won awards for staff participation and the Lilly self-invested personal pension (Sipp) holds the National Association of Pension Funds’ Pension Quality Mark Plus Award.

HOT 100Hema Patel
Compensation and benefits manager, Kantar Worldpanel

Before joining market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, Patel worked as a compensation and benefits executive at TNS UK, which was taken over by the WPP Group in 2008. She has more than five years’ experience in the compensation and benefits field and is CIPD qualified.†

Read also Kantar Worldpanel aims for fun culture.


HOT 100Helen Paxton
Head of reward and HR policy, Sainsbury’s

Paxton joined Sainsbury’s 20 years ago. She was appointed to her current role in May 2010 and has accountability for developing and delivering Sainsbury’s reward strategy. Paxton started her career as a trainee manager in stores before rising to deputy store manager. She then switched to corporate HR, working in learning and development before moving on to lead a number of core HR projects. In 2007, she took on a key change management role, leading a team to deliver process, systems and organisational changes within the HR function.

Read also Sainsbury’s introduces employee assistance programme

HOT 100Roy Platten
Group pensions manager, VW Group

Platten joined the Volkswagen Group in 1978. He trained as an accountant and has held various financial or analytical roles across the business. He became a pension trustee in 1999 and joined HR as a benefits manager in 2001, incorporating the role of pensions manager. In 2006, Platten became group pensions manager for all Volkswagen UK companies.

Read also Interview with Roy Platten, group pensions manager at VW Group

HOT 100Dev Raval
Director of reward, BSkyB

BSkyB uses reward programmes to align staff to the company’s strategy and improve engagement and performance. As director of reward, Raval has worked on a number of major initiatives to support this aim, including launching new benefits and recognition programmes, as well as on processes to improve the link between reward and performance. Before joining Sky, Raval held senior international reward roles at Citigroup, GlaxoSmithKline, and Vodafone.


HOT 100Jennifer Reimart
Vice-president, total rewards, Symantec

Reimart is responsible for setting and leading Symantec’s total rewards strategy at a global level. Under her leadership, the global compensation team revamped Symantec’s disparate reward and recognition programmes into one global platform. Her team manages all areas of compensation, including equity planning, market analysis, salary budget development and review, reward and recognition programmes, executive compensation, incentive and bonus plan design and compensation tool plan design. She also takes part in Symantec’s compensation committee.
Before joining Symantec in 1997, Reimart supervised compensation at Franklin Templeton Investments.

HOT 100Jane Richards
Reward technical partner, wealth management, Royal Bank of Scotland

Richards joined RBS in January 2011 and manages reward for the bank’s wealth management division, the group’s international private banking arm. Richards oversees all aspects of the reward proposition to the bank’s 5,000 staff globally, with particular focus on compensation, executive pay and governance. Previously, she worked for BDO, the UK chartered accountant, where she was responsible for reward for 3,000 employees. In her time there, she had particular responsibility for employee benefits. Richards has also held reward roles at Accenture and Cable and Wireless.

HOT 100Spencer Roach
Compensation and benefits manager international, Nuance Communications

Roach graduated with a psychology degree 15 years ago and first worked as an employee benefits consultant at Mercer and subsequently Aon (now part of Aon Hewitt). In 2004, he moved into internal compensation and benefits, working in various roles for the EMEA reward organisation at Honeywell. His current role at Nuance involves supporting 26 countries across the EMEA and APAC regions for the US-owned software company. Roach’s specialisms include DB pension fund management, standardisation and simplification projects, introducing global operating models and M&A expertise.

Read also Interview with Spencer Roach, compensation and benefits manager international, Nuance Communications

HOT 100Neil Robson
Senior compensation manager, Societe Generale

Robson is a senior reward contractor currently on assignment with Societe Generale. He has 15 years’ experience in both the UK and overseas in employee reward, covering a variety of sectors including retail, transport, oil and gas and latterly financial services. Robson’s areas of interest/expertise include due diligence and mergers and acquisitions reward integrations, Financial Services Authority (FSA) reward regulations, pay review co-ordination, project management and executive compensation.

HOT 100Seth Russell
Director of reward, Three UK

Russell is a multi-sector reward practitioner with a generalist HR background. He has domestic and international compensation and benefits experience in telecoms and retail, oil and gas, media, finance and government sectors, including sales incentives, executive compensation and implementing flex. Russell also has expertise in expatriation, performance management, HR systems implementation and employee relations case management. Read also Three connects with young workforce.


HOT 100Matthew Scott
HR compensations and benefits director, L’Oreal

Scott has worked for L’Oreal UK for over 14 years. He joined the firm’s graduate programme as an engineer based at its factory in Cardiff. Scott spent three years in Cardiff before moving to the firm’s head office in London, where he undertook various supply-chain roles, which, after seven years, resulted in a management position. In 2006, he moved into the firm’s HR department. At the beginning of 2010, Scott became HR compensations and benefits director.

Read also L’Oreal launches pensions communications campaign.

HOT 100Kerry Shiels
Pensions policy manager, BT

Shiels began in pensions working for an insurance company the day before the introduction of the personal pension, administering the outdated small individual pension arrangements. She has spent a lot of time working in-house and in consultancy through a period of change – the closure of DB schemes and the swing to DC for most employers. Seven years ago, she moved to BT, a large employer with a growing DC membership and a large DB scheme. Shiels was recently involved in a major review of BT’s UK pension arrangements, which produced annual savings of £100 million and a reduction in significant risk. She is a key member of a small pension policy team responsible for all aspects of pensions, that includes managing BT’s contract-based scheme with over 17,000 members.

HOT 100Andrea Shipman
Compensation and benefits manager, Manchester City Football Club

Shipman joined Manchester City in December 2009. As compensation and benefits manager, she has been responsible for implementing the HR information system, PDR system, P11D benefits administration, fleet policy and the introduction, communication and management of core benefits. In 1989, she began her career in an operational role at Rank Amusements and became area manager for the north-west. She moved into HR in 1997 when she joined RAL. In 1998 Shipman moved to Caudwell Group, where she managed a 1,400-vehicle fleet and benefits for 10,000 staff. When the group was sold in 2006, Shipman moved to 20:20 Mobile Group as compensation and benefits manager. Read also Manchester City Football Club sets new goals for HR.

HOT 100Eleanor Smith
Rewards and mobility manager, Linklaters

Since November 2010, Smith has led the reward and global mobility teams at Linklaters, one of London’s ‘Magic Circle’ law firms. She has 22 years’ experience as an HR professional. Before joining Linklaters, Smith was associate director, rewards at Covance, a US-headquartered clinical research organisation, where she led the global mobility team and the rewards team across 54 countries. Her retail HR experience includes heading up specialist reward and systems teams at Sainsbury’s, Boots and BHS, and HR roles at Aventis Pharma and Tiphook.

HOT 100Janine Sparks
Reward manager, BA

Sparks is a senior reward manager with responsibility for employee benefits for BA’s 36,000 UK-based staff. Her remit includes pension, medical benefits, reward communication and staff travel. Previously, she worked at Lloyds TSB Asset Finance as head of reward for 19 years.†

Read also British Airways appoints new employee discount scheme provider.


HOT 100Andrew Stemp
Director, EMEA reward, Amazon

Stemp is based in Luxembourg and oversees reward strategy and policy across all parts of Amazon’s EMEA operations. His career started at KPMG, where he trained in the tax department. He spent six years in consulting roles at Mercer and Watson Wyatt in London and Milan, specialising in executive compensation. His career has included roles as head of reward for GE Consumer and Industrial, BPB and Alliance Boots.


HOT 100Mike Sullivan
Head of employee benefits and pensions, Veolia Environnement UK

As head of employee benefits and pensions at Veolia Environnement’s UK headquarters, Sullivan is responsible for health and wellbeing programmes, employee insurances, flexible benefits, share plans and pensions for 20,000 employees across five business sectors. He also has ad-hoc responsibilities for overseas pensions issues. Sullivan is immediate past president of the Pensions Management Institute. Read also Veolia wants employees to keep shares.

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