Aon bolsters UK leadership team with double hire


Aon plc has named Katy Whelan and Charles Stewart to its operations leadership team in the UK.

Katy joined the firm on 17 January 2022 as the London chief operating officer (COO), and Charles will join in early April 2022 as the head of strategy, planning and implementation, Aon Business Services (ABS), UK. They are both based in London and will report to Nathan Shanaghy, Aon UK COO and head of strategy for ABS.

Katy will focus on scaling the business’ operational infrastructure, supporting the delivery of Aon United across its London client base. She brings a wealth of experience to Aon with more than 15 years of leading operational improvement projects as COO of the corporate finance division of Deutsche Bank. Katy has also spent more than a decade in client-facing roles at KPMG and three investment banks, including UBS.

Charles will support ABS to develop and implement Aon’s core strategy. He joins the firm after a 25-year career at WTW where he most recently served as Great Britain (GB) head of strategy and planning and chief of staff for the GB CEO. In his role, Charles undertook several strategic reviews and designed and managed the implementation of numerous key organisational change programs.

Nathan Shanaghy, Aon UK COO and head of strategy for ABS, said: “As Aon continues to build innovative new solutions in 2022, I am delighted to welcome Katy and Charles to the team. Their depth of expertise and strong track record in their respective sectors will provide great value to our clients. Both are highly respected, recognised leaders and will enhance our organisation’s operations, helping us to shape better decisions for our clients for years to come.”