Helen Matthews

SpecialityChief People Officer, Ogilvy

Helen Matthews is an industry-leading agent of change, specialising in creating, shaping and delivering world-class strategies for organizational excellence through people. . She has over 20 years of deep expertise of culture change and organisational development, collaborating with businesses and C-suite teams to design and bring to life new ways of working, future-proofing some of the world’s best-known organisations across sectors to cater to the talent of today and tomorrow. 

Helen has consistently been a trusted partner within senior teams, setting the agenda for transformation, but with collaboration at the heart of her approach. She has a strong belief that companies are only as strong as their people, and maintaining humanity at the heart of organisational decisions is key. She is a passionate advocate for not just attracting diverse talent, but providing an environment of true inclusivity which allows all voices to thrive with a sense of belonging. 

Helen builds momentum within companies, ensuring solutions are designed to attract, nurture and upskill people – yielding an uplift in commercial performance, as well as working to create an invigorating culture for the best talent across industries. Determined to challenge the status quo, Helen motivates teams to work closely with talent in the organisation to shape solutions differently. Her pragmatic approach to new challenges allows for change to be enacted at pace. 

At Ogilvy UK, Helen is the agency’s first Chief People Officer. She is the overarching guardian of the agency’s employee experience, co-designing new ways to attract, retain and grow talent. In an agency first, she is harnessing customer engagement strategists to apply a renewed rigour to understand and act upon real insights into what the agency talent needs. Through working closely with teams across Ogilvy’s capabilities, Helen has overseen the continued embedding of a culture rooted in creativity, learning, listening, diversity and inclusion. She is pursuing a holistic strategy for making the agency a true talent magnet within the agency landscape and beyond. 

Prior to joining Ogilvy, Helen has demonstrable experience in organisations of various scales and specialisms. She played a pivotal role in the editorial transformation at Time Inc. in the UK – ensuring the business could realise its digital ambitions by creating platform-agnostic content while achieving commercial targets.  Helen has helped a number of SMEs with employee engagement, organisation design and leadership development, and overarching transformational change. At Tiger Aspect, she transformed the company into a powerful employer brand, resulting in improved creative work and commercial success. With the BBC, Helen led a team of over 50 specialists across creative divisions to establish a robust, future-proofed people strategy. Other notable organisations Helen has worked with include SAP, ITN and the NHS.

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