Elizabeth Latham joins mental health trust
Despite being a native Southerner, working mother Elizabeth Latham has spent
most of her career in what she readily describes as "the frozen
North", and is still struggling to adapt to the lower temperatures after
She is now acclimatising to the most northerly English county after joining
the board of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health NHS
She took up the post of HR director, earlier this month, from the South
Durham Health Care NHS Trust where she was head of personnel. She has worked in
the NHS for most of her career and relishes the challenge of improving working
"I’m looking forward to meeting the challenges in this relatively new
trust. I hope that in the HR department we can help the organisation by
improving working life for all the people who work here," she says.
"We’re trying to integrate lots of different organisations into one trust
that will deliver a first class service to the people of the North East."
2001 NMHT, director of HR
1998 South Durham Health Care, head of personnel
1995 Bishop Auckland Hospitals, deputy director of personnel
1992 Rite-Vent, Part-time personnel manager
1983 Career break to bring up sons
On the move…
Liz Averill is the new training and development manager for Transport for
London HR Corporate. Previously she was working at one of its directorates, TfL
Street Management, where she was acting head of HR. Prior to that she had been
an HR consultant to the traffic director for London and TfL.
Her job as training and development manager is a newly created position with
responsibility for TfL wide training and development strategy.
Debs Oldroyd has been appointed HR manager at Witword Food Products,
Banbury, and will be responsible for all HR strategy. Her remit will include
development, introduction of policy and procedure, health and safety and the
formulation of a training programme. She has previously worked for the Faccenda
Group, Granada Hospitality and Conoco.
Gary Bowker has joined HR consultancy William M Mercer as senior employment
law consultant. He joins Mercer from the Industrial Relations Service and will
be based in London. Bowker has more than 20 years’ experience of legal analysis
and has previously been editor of Equal Opportunities Review.