Anna Purchas

Head of People, KPMG

 Anna was appointed Head of People for KPMG in May 2017 and is responsible for the strategic and operational aspects of HR, Learning and Culture within the UK, enabling KPMG’s ambition to be a Magnet for Talent through attraction, development and retention of talented people at all levels of the organisation. 

Anna has a strong track record of designing and implementing people strategies and processes to support the organisation’s performance and growth. Having joined KPMG in 1992, Anna’s varied career includes time spent working as a client facing professional within KPMG’s Audit, Tax and Transaction Services businesses. Anna became COO for Deal Advisory in 2009, before becoming COO for the firm’s newly formed Advisory function. From 2014 to 2016, Anna relocated to Denmark to set up a new KPMG member firm there as COO. She returned to the UK in July 2016 to take on the Head of Learning role, encompassing technical and core skills learning programmes, including the knowledge, professional qualifications and coaching functions. 

Anna was nominated to join the Learning and Professional Development board of the ICAEW in early 2017 and was a Route Panel member for Legal, Finance and Accounting, Institute for Apprenticeships 2017-2019.