Natasha Hanson joins Medlock Communications

Natasha Hanson has two males in her life – one she married in a seven-minute
ceremony in Las Vegas, the other is her dog, a black, tan and white beagle.

Hanson, 34, has been appointed to the newly created position of HR director
at network delivery company Medlock Communications, where she will be
responsible for HR, recruitment, inductions, performance reviews, health and
safety and IT.

She was previously HR director for Dew Construction.

Hanson finds her new working environment exciting, with the bonus of an
absence of blame culture and that she is allowed "to be an adult".

She says, "Instead of talking a good HR story, I hope to put my money
where my mouth is and develop individuals." She wants Medlock
Communications to have the best systems, procedures and culture so it can
become a preferred employer.

Hanson believes she is very persuasive, and is good at seeing opportunities,
rather than problems. But she admits that she tends to take on too much. A
self-confessed compulsive tidier, she likes to keep fit and has a diploma in
interior design.

Curriculum Vitae

April 2001 HR director, Medlock Communications
Sep 1998 HR director, Dew Construction
Jan 1998 HR consultant, Dataspeed
Sep 1993 HR executive, Coats Viyella

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and will set up evaluation and monitoring policies. Continuing with the
recruitment programme already in place, she will take on 75 personnel over the
next 12 months. "It is a great opportunity, very challenging and
potentially rewarding to be faced with the task of large-scale recruitment as
opposed to staff cutbacks, as seen in so many other industries," she says.

Dr Malcolm Higgs has been promoted to professor of management studies at
Henley Management College. His research includes the role of emotional
intelligence in leadership, and change management and the relationship between
organisational culture and people. He joined Henley three years ago after 10
years as a partner with HR consultancy Towers Perrin, where he was joint head
of the international leadership practice. He has written publications on
leadership, emotional intelligence, change management and management

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