The Co-operative Bank Appoints HR Director

1 September 2016

2 min read

The Co-operative Bank today announces the appointment of Helen Gallagher as its new HR director, subject to regulatory approvals. Helen, who is expected to join in early 2017, will be a member of the Executive Committee reporting directly to Liam Coleman who takes over as CEO of the Bank in January 2017. She is currently the Retail HR Director at Lloyds Banking Group, and has also held senior HR positions at Santander and Barclays.

Julie Harding, who has led the Bank’s HR strategy for the past three years, will be stepping down, as planned, once Helen joins. Julie joined the Bank in January 2014 as a member of the executive team recruited to help deliver the transformation required in the early years of the Bank’s turnaround plan.

Niall Booker, Chief Executive Officer of The Co-operative Bank, said: “We welcome Helen as our new HR Director. Her deep knowledge of retail banking will prove extremely valuable as we continue to progress the turnaround of the Bank with the help of our talented colleagues. Helen will take on the excellent work that Julie Harding has delivered over the past three years. Our people and our workplace values are vital in defining and differentiating us and I would like to thank Julie for her substantial contribution as we have continued to make progress implementing our turnaround.”

Helen Gallagher said: “The Co-operative Bank has a rich heritage and a distinct position in the market and central to that are its people, its customer service and the values and ethics that set it apart. I am looking forward to joining the Bank in the next stage of its turnaround.


Notes to Editors:

About the Co-operative Bank

the Co-operative Bank plc provide a full range of banking products and services to almost 5 million retail and SME (Small and Medium Sizes Enterprises) customers. The Bank is fully committed to values and ethics in line with the principles of the co-operative movement.

For further information please contact

Nicki Parry, Head of Media Relations

The Co-operative Bank Press Office

Tel: 07734 002 983


Twitter: @CooperativeBank


Head of External Communications & Sustainability

Dan Chadwick

Mobile: 07724 701319

The Co-operative Bank Press Office

Landline: 0151 271 1985

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