Nothing can be more professionally rewarding than being asked to help shape
a business at a higher level. So Bill Dykes is delighted with his promotion to
HR director and is excited about the big step up: "I’m really looking
forward to having a voice in the decision-making at board level and being part
of the bigger business plan," he says.

"I’m still responsible for training; health and safety; and quality –
but now I also oversee the legal implications of all our contracts and help to
align the people strategy with the business plan."

Despite his elevation he still sees the day-to-day functions of HR as
fundamental to the business: "Ultimately, I want to maximise the
contribution our employees make to the business. The people and the business
plan go hand in hand at Select and I want to make sure our staff are getting
the best out of the business so the business gets the best out of our
staff," he says.

Dykes, who enjoys cycling and walking in the country, still gets a kick from
helping staff through the company ranks.

"I really enjoy working in HR as it enables me to influence all levels
of the business, as people are vital to every part of it. It’s great to see the
tangible difference people make to the business. When you recruit staff and
train them, you really see them develop and add to the business and this is
very satisfying."


2001 HR director, Select Appointments
2000 HR manager, Select Appointment
1999 HR operation manager, Adecco
1997 Personnel and training manager, Hall & Co

On the move

Support services specialist Amey has appointed Richard Wells (pictured) as
group HR director. He joins the firm from Novar and will spearhead Amey’s
ongoing development programme, expanding the group’s overall growth strategy.
The company employs more than 7,000 staff.

Yvonne Sonsino has joined HR
consultancy William M Mercer as a European principal. She will be based in
London where she will advise multinational clients on international benefit
issues. She joins from Towers Perrin after four years as the senior consultant
in the international group. Prior to that she was the senior consultant at
Willis Faber (now Buck Consultants)

Recruitment specialist Reed Health
Group has appointed Lesley Healey as director for social care personnel. The
firm has a regional network of social care agencies and Healey aims to forge
stronger working partnerships with health and social services. Her previous
experience includes many years in the recruitment sector and 13 years at
Reliance Care.

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