Ann Pickering is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development and is former CHRO & Chief of Staff of O2 UK Ltd where she managed a team of 130 who provide HR services to the 6500 O2 employees in the UK. After gaining a degree in English, Ann began her career with Marks & Spencer, joining their Graduate Programme specialising in HR.
She went on to hold variety of HR roles in different lines of business at an American investment company, and an international business technology services group operating in the UK, Europe, India and USA. Here, she was responsible for creating and implementing key strategic developments from an HR perspective in both the UK and abroad. Ann’s expertise in human resources, together with a strong background in technology, brought her to O2 in March 2004.
Since joining O2 she has been voted top 5 ‘Most Influential HR Director’ for the last 3 consecutive years (voted number 1 in 2018). In 2019 Ann was recognised in the HERoes global top 50 Women Role Model list which recognized women who are leading by example and driving change to increase gender diversity in the workplace. Outside O2, Ann is a Trustee of Breast Cancer Now and Trustee of ‘Step up to Serve’ a charity established by HRH Prince Charles in 2013 to make social action part of life for 10-20 year olds by the year 2020. She now lives in Worcester and is married with two adult sons.