Kate Whelan

Head of Reward & Pensions, O2

Advertising Association


Kate is a senior compensation and benefits specialist with broad ranging experience in the field of human resources.

She started her career in the Middle East with PwC in a general management consultancy role, before moving to the HR specialist consultancy of HayGroup in London. After a number of years working predominately in Financial Services in the field of organisational design and effectiveness as well as compensation she left to set up her own business.

An exciting venture, she ran ApoG consulting for 6 years before deciding to change her career again and this time to work directly for an organisation. After spending two years with the Royal Bank of Scotland supporting a global division she moved to Telefonica and the fast paced world of telecoms.

She now heads up their Reward and Pension’s team ensuring the reward strategy is aligned to business strategy; helping the 7,500 employee company attract, engage and retain high performing people at all levels and encouraging the behaviours that drive success.

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