People

Business-integration specialist Xayce has set up a human resources
department for the first time and appointed Christine O’Neill as HR director.

O’Neill will have her work cut out because the company is expanding its
workforce (currently at 70) by 50 per cent this year and she is responsible for
putting an HR strategy in place.

"There has been no dedicated HR function at Xayce before, so my role
will involve setting up all aspects of the HR strategy and the team to support
the company’s expansion plans."

O’Neill, who claims to be "addicted" to the diversity of the
profession, is delighted to be taking on such a challenging role and is
determined that HR will contribute to the success of the company.

"This is an exciting and challenging time for Xayce as it will be
expanding its workforce over the next 12 months.

"I’ll bring to the job a wealth of HR experience from a broad range of
sectors," she explains.

"My goals are to provide recruitment and training capabilities that
will ensure Xayce expands successfully."

She has lived and worked in both the UK and US and reckons she is equally as
busy away from work as she has a young family to raise.

"I am married with two young children, aged one and three, so my time
outside work is devoted to them, which unfortunately leaves no time for
hobbies."

CV

2001 HR director, Xayce

2000 Moved to the US with partner’s job

1999 Short-term consultancy assignments

1996 HR director, Simulation Sciences

1988 HR manager, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Insurance Brokers

On the move

Dow Jones Newswires has appointed
Mark Davies as its new international HR manager. Based in London, he will have
responsibility for 500 employees across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His
overall role will be to closely align the HR function to the commercial
objectives of the company and making it an integral part of the business
planning process. He will look after HR for reporters, IT, sales and marketing
staff.

Simon Wright has been made group HR
director with Avon Rubber based in Bradford upon Avon, near Bath. Previously he
was HR director at the Princes Food and Drink Group, part of the Mitsubishi
Corporation. In his new position he will mainly work with the group executive
team to ensure the company has a performance management process that is clearly
aligned to business needs.

Vic Coleman is taking a new position
at the Safety Policy Directorate, part of the Health and Safety Executive.
Coleman is currently the HSE chief inspector of railways and will move to his
new role at a date to be announced. He will take charge of policy and
legislation development for the construction, explosive and extractive
industries. He will also be responsible for a fundamental review of safety case
regimes.

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