Australian-born Jane Lawlor has just taken over as the internal
communications manager at Chivas Brothers, the newly-formed Scotch whiskey
business of Pernod Ricard.
"I am particularly looking forward to the challenge and variety offered
by a career in internal communications with a newly-established company,"
In her new role, she will be responsible for the firm’s internal
communications strategy across England and Scotland.
She says that she really enjoys her new job as it gives her the chance to
work closely with people in the company: "I think face-to-face
communication is very important and I especially like the fact that it puts me
in touch with people’s true reactions."
Lawlor believes internal communications are vital to anysuccessful HR
function, especially in a newly established one such as Chivas Brothers.
"This is because good communication between an organisation and its
employees is essential in a company like this, which has a wide-ranging, global
portfolio of premium brands," she explains.
Lawlor was born and raised in Australia, where she received her BA in
psychology and human movements from the University of Queensland.
She comes from a marketing and communications background which has covered a
range of industry sectors including politics, finance and sport.
"My internal communications experience covers such international
companies as Unilever and Telewest, where I managed the communications
implementation of company best practice and change management programmes,"
2002 Internal communications manager, Chivas Brothers
2001 Various freelance roles
1999 Internal communications, Added Value
On the move
Helen Thompson has joined Personal
Pension Management, part of the Credit Suisse Group, as the new HR director.
She will be responsible for developing future HR strategies to support the
continuing business expansion of the company. Thompson has worked in the sector
for the last 15 years, holding posts with the Halifax and Leeds Permanent
Scotch whisky group Edrington has appointed John Milloy as
group HR director. He joins the firm from the Sara Lee Corporation, where he
was group HR director. Milloy has worked in Scotland for two other US
Peter Meyler, a specialist in
employee research and change management, has taken over as an associate
director within MORI’s HR research team and will have special responsibility
for business development. Prior to this, he was at Benchmark Research as an
employee research director.
Clarke Willmott & Clarke has
taken on Matthew West-Taylor as HR director. He will be responsible for
continuing the firm’s ambitious growth plans. He joins CW&C from The Hay
Group, where he looked after developing business and HR projects. West-Taylor’s
remit includes experience in designing HR programmes to recruit and develop
leaders aligned to an organisation’s strategy