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Fidelio Appoints New Partner - Heather Cooper - Enhancing Fidelio's Commitment to the People Agenda

Fidelio is very pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Cooper, former FTSE 100 Chief People Officer, as Partner. Heather brings rich first-hand experience of the People Agenda to Fidelio's highly-regarded Board Evaluation and Search practice.

Heather is a former CPO at Hargreaves Lansdown, the FTSE 100 Financial Services company. In this capacity, she chaired the Reward Governance Committee and Tech Committee.

Heather is also currently an Executive Coach, specialising in developing high-performance leadership teams, and has been Chair of Business in the Community South West Leadership Board.

On her appointment, she commented, “I’m delighted to be joining Fidelio with its innovative approach to building Board capability. I am looking forward to bringing an enhanced People and Culture lens to their expertise in building outstanding Board performance.”

Gillian Karran-Cumberlege, co-founder, Fidelio Partners, welcomed Heather's appointment saying “On International Women's Day, we are delighted to welcome Heather to the Fidelio team. As our clients, in particular leading Chairs, place ever greater emphasis on the People Agenda and building Board capability, Heather’s advice and insight will be invaluable. Heather’s appointment is an important part of Fidelio’s commitment to building better Boards, building Board competence and building value.”


NOTES TO EDITORS Heather Cooper - Biography Heather joins Fidelio Partners following a career spanning 30 years of Human Capital consulting, Board Evaluation and Senior Executive roles. Much of her consulting experience has been gained in Financial Services, Asset Management and in Professional Services firms operating across the UK and Europe. Heather has also held senior roles for Marks & Spencer and Deloitte. Her most recent executive position was as Chief People Officer at the FTSE 100 FS business Hargreaves Lansdown where in addition to the broad people agenda she held a number of governance roles. Heather has chaired Business in the Community - South West Board, leading business leaders in the creation of a strategy and action plan tackling inequality, D&I and climate change across the region. She has been a Board member of West of England Combined Authority helping to shape the post lockdown industrial strategy. Recently she has been conducting Board Effectiveness Reviews and supporting the ongoing development of Boards and Executive Teams through the delivery of programmes and Executive Coaching. Heather brings a thorough understanding of the governance and oversight requirements of Boards and the role of Board members in different environments including FTSE 100, Professional Services, Local Government and Not for Profit. She has deep expertise across the People, Talent, Reward and Culture agendas. Heather is a Freeman of the Guild of Human Resource Professionals. About Fidelio Fidelio is committed to Building Better Boards, bringing a distinctive approach to adding value in the Boardroom. We provide practical solutions to complex challenges through:

  • Composition – Search (Board and Executive) / Diversity

  • Effectiveness – Evaluation / Development

  • Alignment – Strategy / ESG / Engagement

Fidelio brings to Board Evaluation and Search a deep understanding of shareholder and stakeholder expectations for the Board and leadership team. We are focused on the connection between Board effectiveness, strategy, and valuation and are recognised for our advice and thought leadership on ESG.

Our senior consultants bring many years of Board-level experience from leading quoted companies and are supported by a highly effective in-house research team. We have a track record of supporting Boards of firms of varying sectors, sizes, and geographies.

For further information on how Fidelio can support your Board through Evaluation, Development and Search please contact

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Fidelio Partners Board Development & Executive Search Ltd
60 Petty France - London - SW1H 9EU

+44 (0) 20 7759 2200

Fidelio Partners LLP is a company registered in England and Wales with Company Number OC345377.
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