Susan McNally will leave her post as head of strategic HR at Enfield to join Newham Council early next month. McNally's job has taken her around the capital's councils including Waltham Forest, Southwark and Haringey.
I am a Londoner by adoption and I think it's a fabulous city," she says. Her key responsibilities at Enfield were industrial relations, employee relations, strategic HR, corporate projects and equalities. "I am really looking forward to my new role at Newham, where I intend to further shape the HR function into a key strategic player in what is a very exciting and dynamic authority," she says.
McNally, who has an MA in strategic HR, hopes to make her new role very business focused, delivering results to the function's customers.
"I want the HR service to be customer focused and I also want to develop a number of flagship projects which will champion equalities in the workforce and the community," she adds.
She says that good HR should have a positive impact on an organisation and that the secret to success is highly motivated staff: "What I love most about HR is the opportunity HR professionals have to inspire and positively create change in organisations at both macro and micro levels. I know that motivated people are key to making the greatest difference with our customers both internal and external."
McNally is a fellow of the CIPD, has two children and enjoys travelling. she says: "I am an independent parent with two children so work-life balance is a reality for me. I have learned most in my life from being a parent and from them both as individuals.
Head of HR, Newham Council
1998 Head of strategic HR, Enfield Council
1990 HR and training and development manager, Haringey Council
1985 Equalities projects manager, Southwark Council
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