Clarke has joined technology provider Qiagen as the HR manager for its UK
office based in Crawley, West Sussex. She joins from Fuller, Smith and Turner,
where she was senior personnel officer. She will be responsible for managing
the company’s HR department. Clarke is CIPD qualified and has eight years’ HR
experience working in various sectors in permanent and contract roles.

US chemicals company Schenectady International has appointed Bob Nicholl as its
head of HR for European operations. He will develop HR strategies and
initiatives to support the successful integration of new businesses across
Europe. He has a wide range of international HR experience and has previously
worked as director of HR and information technology for Christiani and Nielsen.

AWG has promoted Lynne Faulkner to the role of HR manager, business
development, with HR responsibility for all overseas staff worldwide including
3,000 local nationals in the Czech Republic, Chile and China. An FCIPD and
employment tribunal member, she has worked for 25 years in global

The human capital team at Andersen in Leeds has appointed company car and
share schemes specialist Fiona Abercrombie. As part of a 25-strong regional
human capital team she will advise both public and private company clients on
company car schemes.

Top Job

Duckworth, 36, has been headhunted by motorcycle producer Harley-Davidson and
starts with the company this month as European HR director.

For the past three-and-a-half years, he has been HR manager for the Rugby
Football Union.

"As the RFU’s first HR professional, I developed and implemented an HR
strategy to modernise and restructure the organisation, helping it grow into a
profitable, focused, best practice employer," he said.

Duckworth is a member of the CIPD and has an MA in HR management.

"I want to make Harley-Davidson an even better employer, to help its
employees to both enjoy their work and realise their potential, and to foster even
greater understanding of, participation in, and contribution towards, sustained
business growth and success."

He recognises that it will be challenging. "It won’t be an easy ride,
but it should be a wild one,".he said.

Personal Profile: Jackie Bornor

April, Jackie Bornor started work as HR manager for the corporate practice
Clifford Chance. Previously she built up her career at The Woolwich

What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your career?
Never jump to the first conclusion – it is important to find out the
different sides to a situation before deciding on a course of action.

What is the best thing about working in HR?
The best thing is meeting and interacting with many different people on
many different levels.

What is the worst?
Dealing with sickness absence.

What is the strangest situation you have had to deal with at work?
I once had to look after foreign students coming to the UK to study
engineering – most of whom came from the Middle East. On one occasion, I had a
phone call from Scotland Yard claiming one of the houses I had students in was
suspected of being an Islamic stronghold. To make matters worse, I thought it
was a hoax call and for the first 10 minutes was refusing to take the detective

If your house was on fire and you could save one object, what would it
If my children and my husband were safe, I would save my two porcelain
cherubs bought in Sorrento as a birthday present from my husband.

If you had three wishes to change your company, what would they be?
I would opt for everyone being a bit more open to imaginative ways of
working, expressing their feelings a bit more and not working such long hours –
although combing all three wishes would probably mean they could not work as

You have stumbled upon a time machine hidden in the vaults of your company
building. What time period would you visit and why?
I would love to have visited Rome at the time of the Empire, or even
Pompeii before its destruction. The Roman lifestyle and the sense of
civilisation fascinate me.

If you could adopt the management style of an historical character, whose
would you adopt and why?
I’d opt for someone who has a consultative or coaching management style, so
I’m still looking.

How do you get to work?
By car to the train station, train to Cannon Street and then walk.

What would you do if you had more spare time?
Holidays in the sun with my family.

If you were to write a book, which subject would you choose?
Ten Ways to Improve your Life as a Working Mum by Removing the Guilt. I’ve
got the title, I just haven’t cracked the content yet.

What is your greatest strength?
Trying to do my best at everything.

What is your least appealing characteristic?
Trying to do my best at everything.

What is the greatest risk you ever took?
Coming to London at the age of 20.

CV: Jackie Borner

April, 2001     HR manager,
Corporate Practice, Clifford Chance
1990 to 2001  The Woolwich,
manager, compensation & benefits; manager, group learning and development;
manager, head office personnel operations
1984 to 1990  Cable and Wireless,
group policy unit, group personnel

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