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Jean Tomlin

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Jean Tomlin OBE

Jean is a senior executive and consultant with extensive business experience working alongside CEO’s across multiple stakeholders in the private and public sector.

Jean has delivered a series of landmark Start-up and Transformation programmes within mature organisations. She was Director of HR, Workforce and Accreditation for London 2012, and is probably most widely known for the extraordinary success of the ‘people’ aspect of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the mobilisation of the UK’s largest peace-time workforce of 200,000, including the universally-acclaimed 70,000 Games Makers.

Prior to joining London 2012, Jean was Group HR Director at Marks & Spencer plc as well as an executive advisor to the BBC. Jean had a classic foundation to her career as a graduate trainee at Ford, starting in personnel, training and labour relations.

After the successful delivery of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, Jean founded, and is CEO of, Chanzo (formerly Tomlin&Co), specialising in working with global clients and organisations providing consulting, operational delivery, international recruitment services and volunteering expertise to major events and sport sectors around the world.

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.