Linzi Blakey

VP HR Operations, Great Britain, Ireland And North America, GSK, 
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Linzi is an accomplished Human Resources Executive with over 23 years’ experience in an international environment. She has worked in several major blue chip multi-national companies (BAE systems, Royal Dutch Shell, Vodafone and GSK) as well as running her own consulting business, working with organisations such as Atos, BBC & several technology start-ups. Linzi also spent five years as a reservist member of the British Army starting off in the Royal Artillery regiment and finishing in the Intelligence Corp.

She is currently the Vice President for HR Operations for GSK’s largest region providing services to over 40,000 employees across the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada, having joined GSK in January 2018. As part of her role, Linzi is accountable for the people strategy across these markets.

Linzi is a Non-executive Director on the board of CareRooms and takes a keen interest in technology start-ups for investment.

Linzi holds a Business Management and Economics degree and is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) & Allbright – the UK’s only all-female members club.

Married to Freddie with an adorable 4-year-old daughter Florence, Linzi is a passionate advocate for gender equality and driving a step change for working mothers.

Outside of work Linzi plays netball and sails competitively. She has completed regattas with the Ministry of Defence, British Army, Cork and Cowes week. As part of a British Army expedition with the prestigious Household Division, Linzi sailed from South Africa to Australia, across the notorious Southern Oceans as the only female and civilian on board.