Cathy Acratopulo

Cathy Acratopulo

Cathy Acratopulo



HR operating model
HR strategy
HR Business Partner capability
Technology adoption
Business change
Organisation design
HR policies and processes


Cathy is the co-founder and COO of LACE Partners.  She is an experienced business and HR transformation consultant with a background of both operational HR and consulting.  This combination of hands-on HR experience and change skills means she really understands the challenges clients face and how best to address them.

Cathy has worked with a number of clients to help them to implement change successfully and, in particular, get the most out their HR function and systems. She has a passion for helping HR teams to deliver real value and also for driving the successful adoption of new technologies.

Her LACE client engagements have included running the adoption workstreams of various system implementations (HR and non-HR), reviewing HR functions, developing HR strategies and redesigning HR operating models.  As well as managing projects with our clients, Cathy is also accountable for ‘quality assurance’, helping us to continue to build really great relationships with our clients.

Prior to LACE, Cathy started her career in Barclays, holding a number of banking and HR roles. She then worked for Accenture in the UK Financial Services Human Performance consulting practice. Cathy’s experience at Accenture was wide ranging, working with a number of banking and insurance clients to review and transform HR functions, implement HR systems, improve workforce performance and deliver successful business change.

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MA Human Resources

BSc Psychology


Cathy spent the first part of her consulting career working with Financial Services clients, including the Lloyds Group, HSBC, Capital One, ABN Amro and AMP. Since establishing LACE, she has worked with a number of clients including Credit Suisse, Barclays, Cushman & Wakefield, Plan International and Merlin Entertainments.