Maeve McCleane

Chief People Officer & Board Executive, Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland

Maeve is responsible for leading Lidl’s People strategy that supports it’s more than 7,000 employees across the island of Ireland. Maeve’s Human Resources business area includes HR Operations, Employee Relations, Talent Management and Talent Acquisition which have delivered industry-leading, people-focused policies in recent years such as compassionate leave for miscarriage and early pregnancy loss, menopause supports, support for employees undergoing fertility treatment, the removal of mandatory retirement age and becoming the first retailer to commit to paying the Living Wage in 2015.

Maeve joined Lidl in 2005 as a Trainee District Manager and progressed quickly taking over responsibility for Payroll and Personnel Administration and establishing some of Lidl’s flagship development programmes such as the Graduate Management Development Programme and award winning Leadership Academy. Maeve has gained valuable international experience in the retailer’s global headquarters in Germany, and plays a key role is developing the company’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy as the Board sponsor of LGBTQ+. Maeve recently graduated with a Professional Master of Business Studies from the Irish Management Institute and the University College Cork.