Career Highlights

2013 - present | Group Head of Human Resources, Comms & Marketing


2008 - 2013 | Head of HR EMEA

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd

2007 - 2008 | Group HR Director

NYSE Technologies Ltd

2006 - 2007 | Global Head, HR Advisory & Development


2003 - 2005 | Global Head of HR Advisory and Development


2000 - 2003 | Global Head of HR Advisory for Technology, Operations & Property Services


1999 - 2000 | Director HR Strategy & Systems (Deputy Head of HR)


1998 - 1999 | HR Director Central Services


1997 - 1998 | Head of Career Development

Union Bank of Switzerland

1995 - 1996 | Head of Training and Career Management

Union Bank of Switzerland

1994 - 1995 | Director HR Development

Union Bank of Switzerland

1989 - 1994 | Personnel Director

Union Bank of Switzerland

Aziz Mentor - UK

Barbara is an HR leader who has extensive experience of managing HR functions globally in the financial and insurance service sectors. Developing global strategies and leading large teams of up to 1300, she is also a Board member.

Specific Expertise

  • Women on boards
  • Exit strategy/divestment
  • Business growth
  • Restructuring/turnaround
  • Transformation
  • M&A and management buy-outs
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Diversity

Career history

Barbara began her career as Personnel Director for Union Bank of Switzerland and then became Head of Career Development for Europe.

When she moved to ABN Amro Bank, She swiftly became Global Head and Head of People and Organisational Development. She delivered global HR support to traded markets and fixed income capital markets and lead people and organisational development initiatives across global markets.

At NYSE Technologies Ltd, Barbara led the strategic delivery over 1300 staff worldwide and reported in to the Chief Executive.

Barbara has now landed at Canopius and is responsible for the full HR, comms and marketing strategy across the group. As well as reporting in to the Chief Executive she is also a member of the Executive Committee and a Board member of Canopius Managing Agents.

Current role

Barbara is currently responsible for full HR, communication and marketing strategy across 7 countries at Canopius.

Over the 6 and a half years in the role I have led:

  • sale of the company to Japanese insurer Sompo
  • major offshoring programme to reduce headcount by 100 with significant savings
  • the merger with another large Lloyds syndicate to become the 3rd largest syndicate at Lloyds
  • a major culture shift in the organisation – introducing an inclusive culture to Canopius

” I am a mentor on the inaugural HR Guild Leadership Programme.

I have also mentored the Global Ambassador for the Insurance Supper Club.”


Vice Chair of City HR Association

Global Ambassador Insurance Supper Club

CIPD member

Pension Trustee

Personal Interests




Key Influencers

“Inga Beale – ex CEO of Lloyds. Inga inspired me to join Canopius to help her build a great place to work. An inspiring leader with a refreshing focus on diversity and inclusion. She modernised the insurance industry.”