Davies appoints new Group Chief HR Officer as it continues to invest in its people, innovation and growth

20th October 2020

LONDON, UK – 20 October 2020 – Davies, the leading specialist professional services and technology business, serving the insurance and wider highly regulated markets, today announces the appointment of Emma Wedderburn who will join as Group Chief HR Officer, and also joins Davies’ Group Executive Committee.

Currently Group People Director at Capita Plc, Emma has an impressive senior executive background in human resources and people leadership.  Prior to her time with Capita, Emma held various senior and international roles at Amec Foster Wheeler, and latterly Wood plc.

Emma will take up her role in January 2021 and will report to Dan Saulter, Davies’ Group CEO.  With more than 4,000 colleagues operating across Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, the UK and US, Davies is committed to investing in its people and their development.  As part of her people and HR remit, Emma will also lead Davies’ focus on inclusion, diversity and its global charitable activities.  She will join the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Board, as well as becoming a trustee of the Davies Foundation, a charity focused on investment in to the communities in which Davies is rooted.

With a focus on internal promotion, mobility, and innovation, in 2017 Davies launched its Disruptive Thinking lab, placing the power of new ideas in the hands of its people.  Now in its third season, the programme has seen new product and solution launches, as well as helping Davies to drive automation and digital transformation, delivering speed and efficiencies across the business.   In September 2020 Davies was listed in the Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 league table of leading mid-market private companies.

During 2020 Davies has invested heavily in strengthening its global leadership team, as it seeks to continue its expansion in to new territories and to add new expertise, including: Dr Nneka Abulokwe OBE as Non-Exec Director, James Heath as Group Chief Risk Officer, Jeff Chang as General Counsel, and Matt Button as CEO of its fast-growing US Claims Solutions business.

Davies delivers professional services and technology solutions across the risk and insurance value chain, including excellence in claims, underwriting, distribution, regulation, customer experience, human capital, digital transformation & change management.  The firm works in partnership with more than 750 insurance, financial services and highly regulated businesses.

Dan Saulter, Group CEO, Davies commented: “I am delighted that Emma is joining Davies at this pivotal point in our growth and development.  Ensuring Davies is a great place to work is central to our success.  We must continue to invest in our people, their development and their success.  This is the way we will continue to innovate and stay ahead of the pack.  As we grow we must continue to challenge ourselves organisationally, ensuring we promote mobility and support our local communities.”

Emma Wedderburn, Group Chief HR Officer added: “I’m excited to be joining the Davies team and to be working alongside Dan as the business continues its global growth journey.  Davies has a fantastic track record of promoting from within and investing in its people and their professional development; I’m pleased to be able to build upon these foundations as we focus on inclusion, diversity and our global charitable activities.”

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