Maria Passemard

Maria Passemard – Head of Legal Projects (Legal Operations) at John Lewis Partnership

Maria is currently Head of Legal Projects (Legal Operations) at John Lewis Partnership who has gained extensive experience advising businesses and building strong relationships with stakeholders.

Maria has worked for both International and regional law firms, and in her role at John Lewis Partnership, reports directly to, and works closely with, the General Counsel on all key aspects of delivering value to the business through the Legal function.

Prior to her most recent role, Maria was Head of Employment for 14 months responsible for managing a team of 6 and being the key adviser to the Director of Personnel, Head of Employment Strategy and Reward, Chairman and the Board on a number of high profile, valuable and strategic matters including, Holiday Pay and Overtime Project, Working Time Regulations compliance issues, Large scale contractual change programmes, and senior exit and entry. Maria has worked across a number of sectors including technology, retail, financial services, and the public sector.

She is strongly commended for her enthusiasm, positivity, hard work, commercial approach, ability to form relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, flexibility and consistent delivery of results.