The Crown Prosecution Service has enlisted Angela O'Connor to drive up performance throughout the organisation. She moves from the London Borough of Enfield, where she was head of HR.
During her time at Enfield, O'Connor refocused the HR function so it could provide a better contribution to improving the services for the local community: "This involved unlocking the potential of all staff by introducing a comprehensive development programme, and introducing innovative recruitment and retention programmes," she says.
She also introduced a new performance management system and changed the internal communications framework to clarify the responsibilities of staff.
In her new role she aims to use HR as a means of improving the performance of the CPS as a whole. "This will include making sure we have the right people in the right jobs, ensuring the best reward and recognition programmes are in place and creating a culture where all staff can give their best," she explains.
"I want HR to make a real contribution in terms of the management and leadership of the CPS. This means developing an HR function that is credible in terms of its performance and measurable in terms of its achievements."
She continues: "I like the fact that HR can make a real difference to how people feel about the organisation they work for. People want to work for a good employer where they can achieve satisfaction though being valued and by taking on challenging and rewarding work."
O'Connor is fascinated by criminal law and says she is looking forward to working with some of the best practitioners in the country.
On the move
David Jones has been elected chair of the medical division of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation following a ballot of members. His role will be to ensure the division gives medical recruiters a credible voice in supporting the NHS. Jones hopes to help deliver the NHS plan by providing a plentiful supply of healthcare staff.
ICI has appointed Rolf Deusinger as executive vice-president for group HR. He will also be a member of the company's executive management team. Before the move he was senior vice-president for HR in ICI Paints, having joined the group in 1999. He has held senior international HR roles with several leading multinational companies based in Germany and the US. Deusinger succeeds Alex Wilso