Inspirational speakers talk the talk at HR Directors Club

At last month’s HR Directors Club breakfast briefing at Chelsea Football Club stadium Stamford Bridge, Richard Needham, a director of Dyson Appliances and vice-chairman of NEC Europe, told members: “The structure of a company is enormously important if you want to get the best out of people. The correct design of an organisation is absolutely critical to its success.”

In a challenging presentation, Michael Heseltine’s former deputy at the Department of Trade and Industry said public sector managers were not up to the task.

HR Directors Club members have already heard a number of inspiring speakers this year, including Andrew Marr, political editor at the BBC, and Kevin Green, personnel and organisational development director at Royal Mail. We’ve also lined up Clare Chapman, HR chief at Tesco, to talk about her innovative people strategies at our next breakfast briefing in September.

The HR Directors Club also runs evening networking events, where members debate topical issues.

At last week’s event, at Trinity House in Tower Hill, London, HR directors heard the latest thinking and shared best practice on human capital management.

In a separate workshop at The Brewery, members shared their experiences of becoming an employer of choice. Other recent events included a workshop on HR transformation.

The HR Directors Club is supported by Arinso, DBM, Hammonds, Hays, Oracle
and Vertex. 

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