Peter Lunn is the new head of HR at BNFL Environmental Services, the business group engaged in decommissioning. In his new role he will have responsibility for all aspects of the company’s HR function in the UK and across Continental Europe.
The organisation employs more than 1,200 staff and Lunn has also been charged with refining and developing HR policy, as well as delivering improvements in flexible working.
“BNFL is going through an immense transformation. As we move into the commercial arena, my challenge will be to ensure our HR policies and initiatives are shaped and refined appropriately,” he says.
He joins from industrial gases company Air Products, where he was HR manager in the UK and then France.
During his time in Europe, Lunn worked on a wide range of HR issues including negotiations over the French 35-hour week.
Forming a commercially focused business from staff drawn together from different parts of the company will be a key challenge for Lunn, who has an industrial economics degree from Nottingham University: “The HR team’s key challenge lies in helping to build a common culture and a shared loyalty – the first essential elements in achieving business goals,” he explains.
Lunn wants to build a winning team that uses its skills and expertise effectively in the competitive marketplace for nuclear decommissioning.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of change. We have to move quickly to position ourselves to compete successfully in an open market. I like striving to channel people’s skills and talents to satisfy personal ambitions and the needs of the business. HR can be stressful, but never boring,” he adds.