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Irene McDermott Brown

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Irene McDermott Brown
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Group Human Resources Director

Irene is Group Human Resources Director for Barclays and a member of the Executive Committee.

Irene joined Barclays in 2011 as HR Director for the Functions, becoming the Interim Barclays Group HR Director in October 2012 before being formally appointed to the role in July 2013.

Irene joined Barclays after six years with BP where, as part of the HR transformation programme there, she led the transformation of the human capability within the global HR function. Overall, the programme delivered strong operational efficiencies and significantly enhanced HR’s reputation and contribution to business performance.

Prior to BP, Irene held senior roles at Cable & Wireless and Barclays Private Clients, as well as leading her own consultancy business. Irene began her HR career in the electricity industry.

Irene has an MSc in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 

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