Australian-born Jane Lawlor has just taken over as the internal communications manager at Chivas Brothers, the newly-formed Scotch whiskey business of Pernod Ricard.
"I am particularly looking forward to the challenge and variety offered by a career in internal communications with a newly-established company," she says.
In her new role, she will be responsible for the firm's internal communications strategy across England and Scotland.
She says that she really enjoys her new job as it gives her the chance to work closely with people in the company: "I think face-to-face communication is very important and I especially like the fact that it puts me in touch with people's true reactions."
Lawlor believes internal communications are vital to anysuccessful HR function, especially in a newly established one such as Chivas Brothers. "This is because good communication between an organisation and its employees is essential in a company like this, which has a wide-ranging, global portfolio of premium brands," she explains.
Lawlor was born and raised in Australia, where she received her BA in psychology and human movements from the University of Queensland.
She comes from a marketing and communications background which has covered a range of industry sectors including politics, finance and sport.
"My internal communications experience covers such international companies as Unilever and Telewest, where I managed the communications implementation of company best practice and change management programmes," she explains.
2002 Internal communications manager, Chivas Brothers
2001 Various freelance roles
1999 Internal communications, Added Value
On the move
Helen Thompson has joined Personal Pension Management, part of the Credit Suisse Group, as the new HR director. She will be responsible for developing future HR strategies to support the continuing business expansion of the company. Thompson has worked in the sector for the last 15 years, holding posts with the Halifax and Leeds Permanent Building Society.
Scotch whisky group Edrington has appointed John Milloy as group HR director. He joins the firm from the Sara Lee Corporation, where he was group HR director. Milloy has worked in Scotland for two other US multi-national companies.
Peter Meyler, a specialist