Beth Whittaker

Chief Human Resources Officer, Veolia

Beth started her 22 year career in HR as an apprentice, since that time she has worked for a variety of organisations including 5 years leading HR teams at the Police through significant transformation. Beth joined Veolia 6 years ago as Head of Employee Relations, where she set up the ER team and created a progressive ER strategy aligned to the business strategy and people priorities. Beth was also a co-creator of Veolia’s Respect at Work programme and led the submission for the Princess Royal Training Awards. 

Beth was appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer of Veolia UK and Ireland in September 2019. In this role, Beth has redesigned the HR function to bring closer alignment within the team and the wider business. She is passionate about the role and impact of HR in the business and has created and implemented a four year HR strategy which recognises that it is through our people that we will deliver business performance and achieve Impact 2023. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Beth has led a dynamic and ongoing response to people related matters for both the UK and Ireland with the focus at all times on all of Veolia’s people. 

As a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a qualified Executive Coach and Mentor, Beth demonstrates the importance of continual learning and developing her team for success. 

Beth lives in her Cheshire hometown with her partner and border terrier, Bobby. She has been a Manchester City season ticket holder since she was 5 years old and enjoys all things interior design.