Catherine Parkinson

Chief People Officer

Catherine Parkinson joined Zetland as Chief People Officer Summer of 2022. She leads the people, talent and culture strategy for Zetland and contributed significantly to Zetland in the early years as an HR consultant to the firm in 2017 for 2 years. Prior to joining Zetland, Catherine was Head of Human Resources for Experian Plc, the Global Decision Analytics business. Her experience consulting to mid-market firms and early-stage entrepreneurial, tech companies gives her a refreshing perspective that informs her approach. Catherine brings over 20 years of experience in people management, with over a decade at American Express and starting her career at Goldman Sachs. Catherine is passionate about sustainability and committed to diversity, she leads our ESG and DEI initiatives.

Catherine is CIPD qualified, completed the Cambridge University Business Sustainability course and holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Northumbria in International Business Studies with Spanish.

Living our Values

‘I love working with companies to put in place strategies to help their teams thrive. Having been fortunate to work with a number of organisations I knew that the culture at Zetland was special. There’s an energy that radiates from the team – they are passionate about what they do and come together, working collaboratively to drive for results. Working in this environment means that even as a consultant I was able to get involved in different aspects including the ESG strategy. This demonstrates how people can be curious and encouraged to get involved in things outside of their immediate role – allowing rapid development and broadening of skills.

Outside of work my time is spent with my husband and 2 daughters. It was critical for me to find an organisation where the culture also allows flexibility for team members to manage their commitments outside of work. The ‘Zetland way’ gives autonomy and flexibility to be there for my daughters commitments at school or home, this is another way that the values of diversity and inclusion are bought to life.’