The opportunity to work with "so many high-quality entrepreneurial
people" proved an irresistible lure for Alec Luhaste, who has recently
joined construction firm Bryant Homes.

Luhaste joins as HR director and will also be a member of the management
committee reporting directly to chief executive Dennis Mac.

In his new role, Luhaste hopes to implement a broad range of HR practices to
help develop the workforce of the housebuilding firm.

"I aim to streamline and modernise HR processes with the emphasis on
individual development plans, powerful succession planning and change
management programmes," he says.

"The thing I like about HR is that it gives you the opportunity to
drive people to focus on the essentials of running a successful business."

Luhaste came from Kellogg’s GB where he was UK & Republic of Ireland HR
director. While there he introduced change management, employee relations
across all European sites, flexible working arrangements and developed an
employee relations strategy.

Luhaste, who is based in Solihull in the West Midlands, has a business
studies degree and describes his hobbies as music, cars and "boy’s


2001 HR director, Bryant Homes

1997 UK and Republic of Ireland HR director, Kellogg’s

1995 European director of compensation, American Express

On the move

Beth Aarons has been appointed as the
human resources director of the 881-bedroom Cumberland Hotel, in London. She
moves from being HR manager at The Savoy. The Cumberland Hotel employs over 250
staff and Aarons will be responsible for a re-structured HR and training team
of six. The hotel is in phase one of a £72m makeover and is due to become Le
Meridien’s first Art & Tech hotel.

TTC Training has recruited Patrick
Holland as a training adviser. Holland will operate as a training adviser and
assessor for trainees on the NVQ in retail operations in Derbyshire,
Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. Retailers that have implemented this
qualification through TTC include House of Fraser, Somerfield and Comet. His
experience in the sector includes six years as a manager at a Homebase DIY

Tom Kollinsky has joined BG Careers,
the management and outplacement arm of Baines Gwinner. He joins the company
from Meridian Consulting where he was instrumental in its establishment.

Business law firm Fladgate Fielder
has seen the arrival of David Bickford as its new partner and head of
employment practice. He joins the company from regional law firm Shoosmiths,
where he was head of the Solent office.

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