People

Dealing with more than 19,200 employees located in 40 countries shouldn’t
pose a problem for human resources recruit Roger Leek. ICL’s new group HR
director was brought up in India and has extensive experience of the sector
after working across Europe and the US.

Leek secured the position because of his knowledge and experience in
organisation and management development, employee relations, mergers and
acquisitions. He will report directly to chief executive officer Richard
Christou.

ICL designs, builds and operates IT systems and services for customers in
the financial services, telecoms, retail and government markets.

Prior to joining the firm, he ran his own consultancy business and before
that was international vice-president at Gartner and group HR director at BNFL.

After seven years at Volvo he got his first opportunity to work as director
for HR, total quality and customer relationship management. He then moved to
Sweden to take up the role of senior vice-president for compensation and
organisational development. He has also been HR director at Thorn EMI in the
UK.

Leek, whose interests include sailing, classic cars and travel, sees the
company’s staff as central to its success: "I believe the success of a
company lies with the individuals who make it up. I see my role at ICL as
continuing to build the company around its employees in order to attract and
retain the best," he says.

CV

2001 Group HR director, ICL
2001 Set up his own consultancy business
2000 International vice-president, Gartner
1997 Group HR director, BNFL

On the move

Justin McCracken has been appointed
deputy director general of operations at the Health and Safety Executive. He
will take up his position in April when he succeeds David Eves who is retiring.
McCracken will have responsibility for all of HSE’s field inspectors and
operational activities in mines, offshore, rail, construction, agriculture,
health services, chemicals and nuclear safety. He joins from the Environment
Agency where he was North West regional director. Prior to this he worked for
ICI.

Carol Thornley has been promoted to
personnel officer for Aptus Personnel. She will be based at the recruitment
agency’s head office in Leicester after passing her CIPD exams. She joined the
company as a payroll clerk but will now work in the newly developed in-house HR
department. She will be responsible for providing advice to five divisions and
40 branches nationwide. She will also develop contracts, attend grievance
hearings and undertake special project work.

The London Clearing House has
appointed Jackie Alexander as managing director, HR. She joins from
PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was a recruitment partner. The organisation
has grown since 1996 and currently has over 300 employees. Alexander willhead
up the corporate HR function which plays a major role in the strategic aim of
the business.market is in this country

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