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Jean Tomlin OBE

Jean has had a distinguished Human Resources career and is probably most widely known for the extraordinary success of the ‘people’ aspect of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As Director of HR, Workforce and Accreditation, Jean was responsible for the mobilisation of 200,000 people, the UK’s largest peace-time workforce. She was awarded an OBE from the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees for her outstanding contribution to the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

Born and raised in southeast London, Jean began her career at Ford, Dagenham working in labour relations. She has worked for a number of Heritage brands, including Prudential and Marks and Spencer as Group HR Director, and is a founding member of the first online Bank, Egg PLC.

Since founding and becoming CEO of Chanzo, a Human Resources consultancy firm, Jean has continued to work alongside CEOs and stakeholders worldwide in the public, private and voluntary sector. Most recent assignments have included providing HR advisory services to the Department of Health and Social Care and advising McLaren Racing on their Diversity and Inclusion journey.

Jean was listed in the Powerlist 2015-2016 and the Green Park Top 100 BAME Business Leaders 2018. She continues to develop an extensive and diverse board portfolio, including Non-Executive Director at J Sainsbury’s PLC, with current positions held at Capri Holdings Ltd (Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo & Versace) and Hakluyt & Co Ltd.

She has been a judge with Rare Rising Stars since 2012 and views her participation as one of her major achievements.