Building society beefs up HR team with key players

The Portman Building Society has restructured its HR team with three new people joining the company in senior positions.

The changes in the department follow last year’s arrival of Ann Elliot as HR director and will be instrumental in the delivery of the firm’s People Matter strategy, according to the society.

Paula Jordan has joined as associate director HR, coming from the role of head of HR at Cable & Wireless; Anita Johnson has joined as head of learning and development, coming from the Financial Times; and Kate Constable has joined as head of HR change, moving from Sun Life Financial.

The People Matter programme aims to improve the capability and performance of the organisation and its people.

Constable said: “Ensuring we have the right people in the right place, with the right level of skill, passion and enthusiasm, is the key to our continued growth and success in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”

One of the key initiatives will be a new candidate management system that makes its entire recruitment process more efficient, she said.
Portman is the UK’s third largest building society, employing about 2,500 staff across 154 branches around the country.

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