Beverley Shears, the HR
director for South West Trains, will be guest editor of the 15 June 2004 issue
of Personnel Today.
As HR director for the largest
and busiest commuter train operating company in the UK, Shears brings a wealth
of experience to the paper.
In her five years at the
company, she has put in place a cohesive and coherent people strategy,
delivering improved business performance and customer service in an extremely
challenging environment. Added to this, she scooped HR Director of the Year at
last year’s Personnel Today Awards.
Shears believes employee
commitment and advocacy is essential to the future success of the business so a
great deal of work has taken place to involve and engage employees in
determining future internal communication strategies.
Your chance to take part
As a part of her editorship,
Shears would like to address the hot topics for HR directors. If you have any
issues you would like her to address or any questions you would like to ask, be
they strategic, operational or careers focused, then e-mail them to Martin
Beverley Shears: facts
● Shears is also a board
member for South West Trains and deputy managing director. She is a founder
member of the HR 100 Club, which is a networking and development forum for FTSE
100 HR directors, and she is also part of their advisory board.
● She joined South West Trains from London Underground, where she was a
general manager in HR. She has held a variety of generalist and specialist HR
jobs and has an extensive employee relations background. She is married with
● Shears holds a postgraduate diploma in personnel management and a
masters in industrial relations. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of
Personnel and Development and a member of the Institute of Directors.