Sally Hyndman has been appointed to the newly created role of chief people officer at Sovereign.
The new role includes responsibility for people, culture, safety and facilities. Upon joining the housing association in January, Ms Hyndman’s initial focus will be people and culture, with the safety and compliance and the workplace management teams moving into her department over the course of the year.
She will sit on the executive board, reporting directly to chief executive Mark Washer
Ms Hyndman is a non-executive director at the mental health charity Mind, and has worked in key HR roles for Debenhams, Carphone Warehouse and Marks & Spencer, where she spent the first 20 years of her career.
She has also been training director at Dixons and group HR director at Dixons Carphone.
Her appointment follows several significant hires by the 60,000-home landlord this year, including Jim Dyer as construction and technical director, Nick Watson as strategic business development director, Emma Wright as customer experience director and Charles Pitt as corporate affairs director.
Mr Washer said: “I am delighted that Sally will be joining Sovereign as our new chief people officer.
“Her experience in transforming HR functions, delivering efficiencies and putting customers first will be great assets to Sovereign as we continue our transformation programme.
“2021 is already shaping up to be a very exciting year for Sovereign, and I know that Sally will have a vital part to play.”
Ms Hyndman said: “I am so excited to be joining Sovereign early in the new year and I am looking forward to getting stuck in on work around people and culture.
“Sovereign is clearly an organisation that is undergoing positive change, improving how it operates and delivering for its customers.
“I am really proud that I will be involved in an organisation with such a strong social purpose.”