Leeds Building Society appoints chief people officer

Leeds Building Society (LBS) has appointed former KPMG HR leader Caroline Hill as chief people officer.

Hill joined the Yorkshire-based institution this week after a short stint as head of people for professional services firm KPMG’s audit and business services division.

Prior to that she spent four years as chief people and strategy officer for financial services mutual Wesleyan after 18 months as head of HR operations for Santander UK.

LBS said Hill’s career has included time shaping the vision and strategy that FTSE-listed firms needed to create a welcoming, diverse and inclusive culture capable of responding to the changing needs of their businesses.

Richard Fearon, chief executive at LBS, said: “Caroline shares our belief in purpose-led business, and I’m delighted to welcome her to the society.

“This is a time of great opportunity for the society as we look ahead to a post-pandemic way of working.

“Caroline’s skills and experience will be invaluable as we build a diverse workforce for the future and continue to settle into our new modern head office in the centre of Leeds.”

Hill added: “I’m delighted to be joining LBS, where our skilled and talented colleagues are our biggest asset.

“We want to continue to attract, develop and retain this core talent by ensuring we have a supportive culture in place that creates an environment where people can thrive, whether that’s offering learning and development opportunities or developing hybrid working.”