Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment 2016

Introducing our Rising Stars winners in the HR & Recruitment category for 2016

Winnie Oudemans


Winnie Oudemans is a HR Business Partner within the Operations and Technology HR Team. She joined Barclays in 2011 after graduating from the University of Manchester, initially within the Wealth and Investment Management Learning team and following that within the Organisational Insight team as a Portfolio Manager. Winnie is also a co-founder and UK Global Co-Chair of Emerge, an internal network for colleagues early in their career at Barclays. With a passion for Social Impact and Entrepreneurship, she is privileged to have represented Barclays at the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg in 2013 and Dublin in 2014.

Julia Vanoli

House of Commons

I am an experienced Learning and Development professional and I have worked in Parliament for many years, in a range of different departments and roles. I have substantial experience of the varying requirements of different business areas, their preferred learning approaches and how to manage specific development needs.

I am also chair of Parliagender (Parliament’s Workplace Equality Network  for Gender Equality)   and this has enabled me to develop excellent working relationships with House of Lords and external organisations in the delivery of the Parliagender strategy.

I have deputised for the current Head of Learning, attending leadership meetings and representing the work and achievements of the team. I recently gained a Postgraduate qualification in Career and Talent Management and I have led the Career Coaching team in Parliament and developed this service from a small group to a team of over 20 qualified career coaches. This team actively support staff development and coaching at all levels in the organisation.

I have also led the development of an new external mentoring programme for women colleagues to develop leadership skills and their careers  in Parliament, a new initiative which I developed in partnership to enable this to be a key feature of our annual development offer. I am passionate about people developing their skills to meet their full potential, whatever their background or aspirations may be.

Ellen Hartley


When Ellen was young, someone told  her the world wouldn’t go round without hundreds of people working together to push it, and whilst she now knows that’s not quite how it happens, she’s still a firm believer in the importance of people working together to learn, develop and achieve. It’s for this reason she joined HR, and continues to love every day of her role.

Ellen studied Management at Manchester University, before spending a year in Massachusetts studying and working part time as a teacher for students with learning difficulties.

Passionate about equality, Ellen is on the Diversity and Inclusion Council, being part of the winning team for the 2015 Women in Banking and Finance Diversity Team Award, for her role supporting females entering senior leadership.

Ellen believes we have a responsibility to give back to communities we operate in, and volunteers weekly, spending time with the elderly.

Kayleigh Bottomley

Progressive Recruitment (SThree)

I’m the eldest of eight siblings, four sisters and three brothers. I started a degree in Actuarial Science but after year 1 a change in circumstances meant one of my sisters who was 14 needed to move in with me, so I secured a full time job with Santander to allow this to happen. After three years, once she had secured a position in a foundation course for a mental health nursing degree we moved to London and I started a brand new career with Progressive Recruitment, a trading division of SThree. In the last six years, I’ve been through the high and lows that recruitment offers, however have been given an amazing platform to champion come of the key beliefs I hold in life. Everyone deserves to be given an opportunity to reach their full potential, always give excellent customer service, create a diverse and inclusive work environment and this will lead to a creative, happy and retained work force. I have had some really good success which I am always thankful for, but truly believe it is my unwavering desire to assist my customers in making the right choices for their organisations or careers that has led me to this success.

Tarryn Severn


Having started her career as a PA, Tarryn is now the Colleague Engagement Lead for Investment Banking Operations UK. Tarryn’s primary focus is ensuring that her colleagues feel engaged, enabled and empowered to deliver high performance, encouraging retention and fostering a positive working environment for the business. Tarryn leads the business strategy for Colleague Engagement in the UK, working with senior stakeholders to prioritize and implement execution by organizing engagement and recognition events.

Tarryn also supports the Business Management team for Risk and Control, having ownership of Headcount and financials data, ensuring variances are monitored and accounted for.

Tarryn has a passion for giving back to the community and works with different organizations to provide employability, financial and life skills to underprivileged individuals, both in and outside of prison.

Originally from Australia, Tarryn has lived in the UK for seven years and enjoys travelling around the world experiencing new cultures!