People

Carol Kavanagh joins Argos

Carol Kavanagh has started in her new position as HR director for retailer
Argos, which has more than 470 stores nationwide. She was previously group HR
director for the Storehouse Group where she spent 12 months focusing on the people-related
issues connected to the sale of BhS and the setting up of Mothercare as a
separate plc.

At Argos her day-to-day responsibilities will include training and
development, employee relations and compensation and benefit issues.
"Anything that connects to being a business partner to support Argos in
delivering its people agenda," she says.

Kavanagh has a range of experience in the retail sector as well as a formal
qualification.

"I have an MA in strategic human resource management which has provided
me with some good frameworks, theory and practical tools," she explains.

She hopes to develop further the HR service. "I want to build on the
work that is already underway within Argos to deliver an HR service which is
wanted and recognised by line managers as adding real value to the business’s
development and success," she said.

Kavanagh is looking forward to working with the team at Argos.

"I am enjoying learning and working in a different retail model from my
previous experiences. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to support
a business that is growing and ensuring that myself and my team help to
leverage all of its people potential."

On the move

Independent pub operator Punch Retail has appointed a new HR director. Joyce
Woodrow will be responsible for driving the company’s recruitment, training and
personnel programmes. A key part of her role will be to develop initiatives to
attract and retain staff. She joins Punch Retail from Ladbrokes where she was
HR director.

Scottish & Newcastle Retail has appointed its HR director to the board.
Kim Parish joined Scottish & Newcastle Retail in 1991. She worked as
management development and training director and business development director
before her appointment as HR director in 1998. In her current role Parish is
responsible for HR strategy and implementation for S&N Retail’s 45,000
employees across 2,300 pubs, restaurants and hotels.

Investors in People UK has announced the appointment of Samantha Gemmell,
Geoff Hall, and Sue Thomas to its board. Gemmell is a member of the CBI’s SME
Council and also sits on the Small Business Council. Hall is currently director
of learning programmes at LSC and is the Learning and Skills Council’s
representative on the board.

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