People

Tracey
Marshall has been promoted to the position of global head of HR at reinsurance
intermediary Benfield Group and hopes to drive forward with a strong training
agenda.

The
newly created role is a fitting one for her as she has travelled extensively –
spending eight months travelling prior to joining Benfield.

She
says: “We all live and work in a rapidly evolving world but as a responsible,
entrepreneurial business, we have a duty to ensure every team member has the
opportunity to develop and grow within our organisation.”

Despite
her financial background, Marshall has always had an interest in people matters
– she worked in a children’s home in Brazil during her travels – and has been
team leader of HR as part of her operations remit.

The
new global HR position will involve her in communicating the training opportunities
available within the group.

“I
will also have a duty to ensure that the values we hold dear as a business are
consistently and fairly interpreted and applied in all areas of our people
management, from recruitment and selection through to reward and benefits,”
says Marshall.

She
is relishing the challenge of balancing the needs of the business with those of
the employees and believes HR can have a direct impact on efficiency and
productivity.

“HR
can directly help the bottom line by getting the right people in the right
roles. I want to look back in a year’s time and see that our team has played a
key role in improving the value of our business, by helping our people maximise
their potential,” adds Marshall.

CV

2002
Global head of HR, Benfield Group

1997
Finance team leader Benfield Group

1994
London office staff partner, Neville Russell

1985
Trainee chartered accountant, Neville Russell

On
the move

Peter
Bennett has been appointed vice-president of HR at the luxury hotel group Le
Meridien. He will be responsible for over-seeing all HR activity for the
group’s 30,000 staff. He joins from Thomas Cook where he was HR director and a
member of the UK Travel Board. Prior to this he was the head of personnel services
at Boots Healthcare International. Most recently he has specialised in change
initiatives.

Greg
Holder has started work as the new group HR director for NRG, a paper-based
office solutions company and part of the Ricoh Group. Previously he worked for
electronic supplier Premier Farnell and has held a variety of international HR
and general management roles. Holder’s new role will involve change management.
As HR director he will support 25 businesses in 18 countries with 7,500 employees,
predominantly in Europe.

The
Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Sir Andrew Turnbull as the head
of the Civil Service when Sir Richard Wilson retires in the autumn. Turnbull is
currently the Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury. He joined the Treasury in
1970 as an assistant principal after working as an economist for the Government
of Zambia. In 1994 he was appointed permanent secretary at the Department of
Environment.

 

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