Ken Batty spent 30 years in the international technology sector, at IBM and Lenovo. At Lenovo he was Executive Director of Humans Resources. He set up the Human Resources function in Europe. He moved to Hong Kong and headed up Human Resources for Asia Pacific, before returning to the UK to manage the HR aspects of a large and complex acquisition.
Ken has now left full-time employment, but still works on HR projects around the world for a number of international companies. Since 2015 he has been a lay member of the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. The committee of senior MPs, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, oversees the work of body responsible for the remuneration of MPs and their staff. In particular the Speaker's Committee appoints members to the Authority and oversees its budget.
Ken is a Non-Executive Director of the East London NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust is one of the top performing in the NHS with an outstanding reputation in its specialist areas of mental health and community care. Ken uses his HR experience to chair both the Board's Appointments and Remuneration Committee and the Joint Staffing Committee which is the negotiating forum for management, professional bodies and unions.
Ken was one of the founders, nearly 30 years ago, of the Albert Kennedy Trust - the UK's LGBT homelessness charity. He has been a Trustee in the past and is still involved as a volunteer, helping the Trust provide housing and housing advice to young people who might otherwise be on the street. Ken's combination of work in the public sector and LGBT volunteering was recognised in 2017 when the Financial Times named him one of the top ten most influential LGBT role models in the public sector.