Kate Reilly joined PPL in 2011 as Senior HR Business Partner and became Head of HR the following year before taking up the newly-created role of Director of People and Organisational Development in 2014. She was appointed Chief People Officer in 2021. Kate has over 20 years’ experience as a Human Resources professional working within the retail, financial services, oil, not-for-profit, and advertising industries, with expertise in HR strategy, recruitment and retention, coaching, training and development, TUPE, HRIS, payroll, and organisational planning and development.

In her current position, Kate is responsible for working in partnership with the business by delivering a HR strategy that supports the achievement of company goals. Kate leads on all people matters within PPL, with a particular focus on equity, diversity and employee engagement. Kate’s pioneering vision for an inclusive workplace has led to a strong equity and diversity strategy – spanning recruitment, training and development, and career progression opportunities – for which PPL won the Music Week Company Award for Diversity in the Workplace at the Women in Music Awards 2018. It also resulted in PPL winning ‘Company of the Year – Small to Medium Business’ award at the Employee Engagement Awards 2017.

Kate played a key part in helping to launch PPL PRS Ltd, PPL’s joint venture with PRS for Music. In 2019, alongside her senior role at PPL, she led the creation and implementation of the company’s new People strategy. This encompassed staff training, learning and development, benefits and rewards, equity and diversity, recruitment, performance management and internal communications and engagement.

In addition to this Kate is responsible for property, sustainability and overall working environment. She also sits on the UK Music Skills board and the UK Music Diversity Taskforce where she has been supporting the Equity and Diversity agenda and helped set up the Diversity Taskforce.