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Jean Tomlin

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Jean Tomlin OBE

Jean Tomlin is a Non‑Executive Director on the Board of Sainsbury’s, an Independent Director on the Board of Michael Kors and a Board Director of the Join In Trust.

Currently the Founder and CEO of Tomlin&Co, Jean is an experienced senior executive and consultant. In her 35 years’ experience working alongside CEOs, Jean has delivered a series of defining Start‑up and Transition/Transformation programmes spanning a variety of industries. Most notably, as HR Director for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Jean mobilised the largest peacetime workforce the UK has ever seen – 200,000 people including the world‑acclaimed 70,000 Games Makers.

Jean began her career as a graduate trainee at Ford Motor Company and progressed to Sales, Operations and HR leadership positions at the Prudential, Marks & Spencer and as a founding member of Egg, the UK’s first Internet bank. Jean was an executive advisor to the BBC and has also worked extensively with the Public Sector including as a Commissioner for Judicial Appointments, a Board member and Chair of the Remuneration Committee to the former Greenwich Healthcare Trust, Board member of the Student Loans Company and as a member of the National Curriculum Advisory Board.

Jean received the CIPD’s first Special Achievement Award in 2012 for services to HR practice and was awarded an OBE for Services to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the New Year’s Honours 2013.