Heather Barnes on Devon County Council

Classic car enthusiast Heather Barnes joined Devon County Council as head of
HR in June. Passionate about her red, soft-top 1969 Triumph TR6, she is taking
it to Brittany for two weeks this year. She likes to combine car events with
fundraising for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

Barnes joins the council from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, where she was
responsible for personnel and training. In her new position, she will take care
of HR services including employee relations, recruitment, payroll and training.
Her role is primarily about strategic leadership.

"I hope to raise the profile of HR and demonstrate what it can provide
to an organisation as diverse as this," she says.

Initially, Barnes intends to develop the HR service from within, focusing on
the continual professional development of HR staff. While operational delivery
and HR strategy had previously been separate, her new post brings them both

She cites influencing and persuading as her strengths, and says the biggest
risk she ever took was resigning from a post in Scotland without having a clear
indicator of where her career was going.


June 2001 Head of HR, Devon County Council
March 2000 Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, personnel and training manager
1995 HR director, Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration
1994 Personnel officer, Central Regional Council

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policies and procedures. Nigel Hutchinson will head a specialist team focusing
on the recruitment of fee earning staff. Mary Murphy, who has worked at PKF for
over four years, has become development manager, concentrating on career

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aspects of HR from policy through to implementation.

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