Helen Norris joins BFS from British Business Bank to drive people strategy
International business financier, Bibby Financial Services (BFS), has announced the appointment of Helen Norris as chief people and organisation officer to drive forward its BFS 4.0 strategy, which aims to bring together people and technology to boost support for SMEs around the world.
Helen joins BFS from the British Business Bank, where she spent more than three years as chief people officer. Helen has over 30 years’ people insights, all within financial services, including senior HR and organisation roles at HSBC and Nationwide, where she spent almost six years.
Jonathan Andrew, chief executive officer of Bibby Financial Services, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Helen to BFS during what is a hugely exciting time for the business. Attracting someone of Helen’s calibre, with such extensive and widespread experience of the financial services sector, is testament to our ambition.
“Across the business, we have highly engaged and experienced colleagues delivering excellent service to our customers and developing innovative solutions for SMEs and business partners. We want to continue to attract, develop and retain this core talent within the business. Helen’s deep knowledge and understanding of our sector, coupled with her experience of implementing successful transformation and cultural change programmes will undoubtedly enable us to achieve this goal.”
Speaking of her appointment, Helen said: “BFS is an incredibly forward-looking business, with a high-performing culture and ambitious strategy focused around its people. I’m thrilled to be joining BFS as such an important time in its strategic progression, and look forward to meeting with colleagues and business partners over the coming weeks.”
Jonathan Andrew added: “On behalf of BFS colleagues around the world, I’d like to welcome Helen to BFS. I look forward to working with her in 2022 and beyond.”
Helen joined BFS on 1 January 2022 reporting to Jonathan Andrew as a member of the executive leadership team.
BFS was formed in 1982 and this year celebrates its 40th year of supporting businesses. Today, BFS supports 9,000 businesses across Europe and in Asia.