Helene Speight, HR Director, Formula E Operations Limited
A respected global HR leader with a strong commercial edge. Helene started her early career in financial services before joining the global giant General Electric (GE). Identified by senior managers as high potential, Helene was assigned onto challenging assignments taking her around the world in countries such as India, Russia and the USA.
After delivering some key $$ projects in Operations and Technology, Helene was promoted to Commercial Leader of an Global Industrial Operations arm of GE before securing the top spot in the business as General Manager covering 11 sites around the world.
In 2009, Helene made a key career decision which was to follow her passion of developing people and make a move into HR. The first role she landed was to implement a people strategy for a fast growing UK IT Services Start up based in Romania. After successfully building a team there the pull of home brought Helene back to the UK where she did some consulting and then was snapped up by the FTSE 100 Company Intercontinental Hotel Group as Global Talent Director. This was the green light of realisation that the move to HR was a successful one.
Helene’s latest role is with Formula E, a challenger to Formula 1. As a key member of the senior management team, Helene is leading the people agenda in a highly exciting and challenging environment. In the first season, Helene has grown the team by 30 people and is amazed daily at the passion and talent of the team around her.
Helene has also been an active Ambassador of the Princes Trust for the last five years, the highlight being hosting the Celebrate Success Regional Awards in 2014. Far down on the list is the fleeting TV appearance where she was a finalist on the Apprentice 2008.Back to Speakers