On the move

Lloyd Leisure has confirmed the arrival of a new HR director and board member.
Louise Smalley joins the Whitbread-owned health club from within the group. She
was formerly Whitbread Restaurants’ reward director, and prior to that was HR director
for the Beefeater brand. She also has extensive experience of the branded
leisure retail business after previous stints with PepsiCo and Esso. The
company employs more than 4,500 staff, including 400 fitness instructors, who
are all trained in-house at a purpose-built campus.

Home Loans (GHL), the third-party mortgage administrator, has appointed Karen
McKenzie-Irvine (pictured right) as head of learning and development. She joins
from the training and development team at AMP UK financial services.
McKenzie-Irvine will be responsible for embedding the newly formed learning and
development structure at the company. She will also oversee the department’s
repositioning as a strategic partner to support GHL in delivering its strategic
and operational objectives.

hotel company The Savoy Group has appointed Sara Edwards as group HR director.
The firm, owned by the Blackstone Group, has made her responsible for
developing a new HR strategy that 
reflects changes in the employment environment. Edwards’ job title will
be group HR director of the Savoy Group of Hotels and Restaurants, although she
will also be HR director of the Savoy Hotel. 
She joins from Claridges where she was HR director.

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