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Cathy Scivier implements HR in an NHS trust

Working mum Cathy Scivier would love to have more time to spend with her
eight-year-old daughter. In May, she took up the new post of HR director at the
Institute of Cancer Research, joining from Kingston and District Community NHS
Trust, where she held a similar post. Her original career was in general
management, moving into HR in 1988.

Scivier’s brief is to develop and implement an HR strategy, as the function
is predominantly operational and head office-based. "I want to see us
integrating our activities with the scientific activities of the
institute," she explains.

Part of her remit is to review the institute’s reward strategy as well as
taking a more structured approach to training and development. Scivier says
that because the institute is competing with both industry and the charity
sector, she will also investigate recruitment and retention.

"I want to see the institute recognised as a good employer as well as
the place to be to practise leading-edge scientific study," she says.

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May 2001 HR director, Institute of Cancer Research
Oct 1988 HR director, Kingston and District Community NHS Trust
1987 Operational manager, Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children, Carshalton
1985 Unit administrator, Nelson, Wilson and Wandle Valley Hospitals

On the move

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Martin Alexander to the post of HR manager. Based at head office in
Hertfordshire, he is responsible for the company’s HR activities at all nine of
its UK sites. He previously worked for The Body Shop, where he was HR manager
for logistics.

Car retailer Dixon Motors has promoted Shaun Gallagher to HR manager with
specific responsibility for driving the HR function within the motorcycle
division. He was previously group training manager and will maintain some of
his group training responsibility to ensure continuity in the programmes.
"The single most important aspect of our business is the team. If we are
to change perception of our motorcycle division, we need to get our people on
board and ensure they receive support, communication and training that is
second to none," he says.

Recruitment firm Barton International has promoted Anne Youel to the
position of HR manager. Youel has been with the firm since 1993 when she joined
as administration assistant.

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