Smalley has moved to the Whitbread-owned David Lloyd Leisure from within the
group, where she was previously reward director for the restaurants division. She will be responsible for all HR activity
at the company, which operates 55 health clubs in the UK.
will be the duties in your new role?
we have a great place to work for our 4,500 team members, and that we are all
equipped with the right skills to meet the needs of our members.
do you hope to achieve in your new role?
strive to help members to get more out of life through David Lloyd Leisure
membership. I hope to achieve the same for our staff.
aspects are you most looking forward to?
the fantastic wealth of talent we already have in our clubs and support office,
and making good use of the extensive facilities at our clubs.
the best thing about HR?
people to achieve their full potential, and witnessing the results.
there aren’t enough hours in the day.
is the strangest situation you have been in at work?
was since joining David Lloyd Leisure. I took part in a charity triathlon event
with the rest of the board, which started with swimming in the Serpentine at
7am. It was a great bonding event, and very motivational, but rather surreal
and definitely a little murky at times.
do you think the role of HR will change over the next five years?
will all need to become world-class change agents with a clear focus on how we
can contribute to the goals of the business.
is the ultimate guru?
a huge fan of Dave Ulrich.
is your essential viewing?
mad about sport, and, I’m ashamed to admit, Gardeners’ World has to be up there
is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
rafting down the Zambezi river.
advice would you give to people starting out in HR?
your priorities where you can really add value to the business.
you could do any job in the world, what would it be?
not mine, then I’d love to be a member of the UK Olympic bid in London team.
Director of HR, David Lloyd Leisure
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