Authentic leaders talking openly about themselves and their journey so far

Hayley Tatum

Senior Vice President - People and StoresAsda Stores Ltd

Hayley has had a truly impressive career in the retail sector.

In this conversation, Hayley talks openly about the choices she has made both personally and professionally. These choices have led her from working on the tills at Tesco to the Boardroom of Asda, one of the most successful supermarkets.

Joining Tesco without going to University is a career choice that Hayley does not regret and which culminated in a twenty year career with the organisation. Hayley describes the start of her career as working at the “coal face” of retail. In this time she built a unique and admirable set of skills, qualifications and experience, which finally led to her working for Asda.

Hayley is a great role model and case study to show there are many ways of getting to the top. She believes, “Anyone can get on” if provided with the right support to enable them to choose the career paths that are best suited to themselves.

Without a doubt this 10 minute conversation will have a positive impact on anyone who watches it.

Official Biography

Hayley has worked in Retail all her working life, both in luxury goods in airport retailing and then over 20 years with Tesco, where her last position was UK & RoI Operations HR Director. Hayley has worked her way up from the Checkouts to the Boardroom and along the way established herself in both Senior HR and Retail Operations Leadership roles.
In August 2011 Hayley joined Asda to become Executive People Director.  She is responsible for developing and leading the HR strategy, supporting 180,000 colleagues and delivering that right to the shelf edge.

Hayley has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and a qualified NLP practitioner.
She is passionate about talent, skills and education, and has been an active member of the Ambassadors Apprenticeship Network since 2007.  More recently she has been invited to join the Talent and Skills Leadership Team for Business in the Community and is a member of the CBI Employment & Skills Board.

Mums are both a key customer and colleague demographic in Asda so Hayley is proud as a working mum herself to champion and lead the influential Mumdex Report.
Hayley is also a trustee for the charity Tommy’s. Tommy's funds ground breaking research into pregnancy problems and premature birth as well as providing information to parents.

Hayley lives in Buckinghamshire, with her husband and 2 children.  Whilst juggling the commute to Leeds, she also enjoys family holidays, gardening and personal fitness.