Mark Powell

Interim Chief People Officer, Saga plc


I am currently Interim Chief People Officer at Saga plc, a product and service provider for people over 50. During my career, I have held several senior HR and people-focused roles in various PE-backed, high-growth businesses, primarily in the consumer space.

I joined FatFace in 2005 to restructure the HR team which allowed the business to scale from 50 to 120 stores, and secured PE investment from Bridgepoint in 2007, realising a successful exit for Advent International.

Thereupon I joined Warburg Pincus-backed Poundland as Group HR Director which scaled from 260-800 stores during my tenure before the successful IPO in 2014. I also held Chief People Officer roles at Prezzo when it was backed by TPG, and RAC, an automotive breakdown recovery provider, backed by Silver Lake Partners.

I’m looking forward to supporting PepTalks members with:

  1. HR efficiency
  2. Talent strategy
  3. Leadership and culture

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