Movers and Shakers May 2021: Nissan and GHD appointments

Michael Jude, 34, Nissan’s youngest HR director in Sunderland.

Human Resources The latest update to recent appointments in the HR world includes a youngest HR director at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, a new inclusiveness and diversity role at a global service company, and two key appointments to the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.

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Until I’m in Phoenix

The Phoenix Group has appointed savings and old-age provision business Wendy Cunningham on the newly created role of HR Chief Operating Officer. The new role was created to support Phoenix’s goal of having a workforce with a greater variety of perspectives and the expertise to meet the needs of its customers. Cunningham joins from Experian where she served as Global People Technology, Analytics & Talent Acquisition Director. Previously, she held a number of global roles in various HR disciplines. She also worked at Barclays, where she started as part of the Graduate School and has held key roles including HR Director at Barclaycard International and Group Reward Director. Upon her appointment, she said, “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to support the company’s strategic growth and make Phoenix the best place colleagues have ever worked by implementing its ambitious people strategy.”

On the Mersey beat

Liverpool City Council has partnered with Liverpool’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to create a new one Director of people and talents Post. The two organizations together employ over 5,000 people. Jo twist has been Director of Organizational and Personnel Development at Liverpool CCG since September 2019 and took up her new role on April 19. She oversaw the council’s human resources and learning and development functions. She will also lead the Council’s critical cultural change program to be launched after government inspection, entitled “Best Value”. Liverpool-born Twist has 35 years of experience serving as HR and OD leaders in the NHS and local government. She said: “I am delighted to be working together in both the Council and the CCG to provide the best possible service to our residents and staff and to support the ambitions set out in our ‘City Map’.”

A new sheet for Michael

NissanThe Sunderland plant has appointed its youngest director. Michael JudeThe 34-year-old is the new HR director of the vehicle manufacturing center. He started at the plant in 2010 as a Human Resources graduate and has served both at the plant and in Nissan’s wider European business. Nissan said the company has historically promoted domestic talent in key roles at the plant. Nine of the company’s current executives have already started the graduate school. This includes vice president of manufacturing, Alan Johnson, who started at the plant as an engineering graduate in 1991 and held a number of positions at Nissan in Russia, Spain and France before returning to Sunderland in May last year. He said, “Our plant has a long history of developing the talent of its highly skilled team and Michael’s appointment only shows what can be achieved. As an alumni, I know that our graduate school is the perfect springboard for a successful career. I encourage anyone looking for an opportunity to take a look at the jobs we have at the plant. “

Network messages

Darren Jalink joined Employer network for equality and integration as commercial manager and Michelle Davies joins as Service Design & Delivery Director. Jalink is a seasoned business development, relationship management and marketing professional with senior level experience in pharma, healthcare and technology. He will lead the development and implementation of the network’s business strategy. Davies has a background in health, housing, and charity. She will lead the charity’s service strategy, as well as the design, delivery and continuous improvement of its services. The appointments follow the arrival of Darra Singh as Chairman and Sandi Wassmer as Chief Executive Officer in November 2020. Wassmer said, “As equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging become important parts of work culture in organizations of all shapes and sizes, it is me I am really happy to welcome Darren and Michelle to the team. “

Leading diversity

Global service company GHD Appointed Sadaf Parvaiz on the newly created role of the inclusion and diversity leader. Parvaiz will join the global leadership team and will work to drive integration into the company’s global operations, which has 10,000 employees in over 200 offices. She was previously the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Affiliation (America) at EY, where she was responsible for developing, implementing and leading organizational change. She said, “As a global organization focused on encouraging creative minds to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, it is really important that GHD has a truly inclusive culture. My focus is on incorporating inclusion and diversity into all facets of our culture and business processes in order to create a workplace where everyone feels they belong. Ashley Wright, CEO of GHD added, “We have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to ensure that our workplace welcomes people who were previously underrepresented in engineering, science and other technical fields. We strongly believe that the diversity of thoughts, backgrounds and experiences helps the company create imaginative and responsive solutions for our customers and the communities in which we operate. “

University Challenge

Last month Regent’s University London appointed Valerie de Saegher as director of the human resources department. Most recently she was Director of EMEIA at Burberry and previously at Marks & Spencer as Head of Human Resources, Europe and the Royal Bank of Scotland. She will join the Vice Chancellor’s leadership team and help implement a new strategy at Regent’s. Her tasks include implementing the university’s employee project and developing new working methods in agile teams across the company. Professor Geoff Smith, CEO of Regent’s University London, said: “Valérie brings a wealth of leadership experience and will be invaluable in advancing the university through an agile and inclusive culture.” De Saegher said the vision of the university is “very.” aligned with my personal goals and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to shape our culture and put people at the heart of our business. “

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