Helen Matthews is an industry-leading agent of change, specialising in creating, shaping and delivering world-class management of people.
She has over 20 years of experience, collaborating with businesses and C-suite teams to design and enact 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.
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 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, tech companies and accelerators 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.
She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Development; two advanced qualifications for Ashridge Business School in organisational design and leadership; and ICP level coaching qualification. She is an active voice in Ogilvy’s relationships with NABS and Creative Equals so the agency remains a trusted and proactive partner.