• Jeremy Rance has been appointed HR director of pensions and investment
company NPI, which was recently bought by financial services group AMP. Rance
will be responsible for bringing NPI’s HR practices in line with AMP’s,
introducing AMP’s values to the company and developing a performance management
culture. Before joining NPI he was head of HR operations at Pearl Assurance.
Prior to that he held a variety of roles at Allied Dunbar.
• Stephen Wood, formerly reader in the Department of Industrial Relations at
the London School of Economics, has been appointed chairman at the Institute of
Work Psychology at Sheffield University. Wood is chief editor of the British
Journal of Industrial Relations and has carried out research on industrial
relations for the past 15 years.
• Internet solutions company Nettec has appointed Carol Poole as group HR
director at board level. Poole has worked in HR for 10 years across a range of
organisations including the British Standards Institution and Reed Elsevier.
• Legal expenses insurance company DAS has appointed Helen Gwynne to the new
role of HR and quality manager. Gwynne, who was previously HR manager, will
assume responsibility for improving the quality of the company’s services. DAS
says the role is a reflection of its belief that the quality of its work is
directly linked to HR issues.
• David Fielding is moving to Lewisham Council as strategic advisor with
responsibility for employee relations for the council’s 10,000 staff. For the
last four-and-a-half years he has been HR director at Phoenix House, an
organisation that works with substance abusers.
• Foreign exchange dealing company EBS Partnership has appointed Sally Jones
as head of HR for its European and Asia Pacific operations. She moves from
Brewin Dolphin Securities, where she was personnel director.
• Retirement housing provider Hanover Housing Group has appointed Bobby
Davis to the new role of training manager at its head office in Staines. The
post was created following the organisation’s restructure and a decision to
formalise training within the group. Davis previously spent eight years in
training and development with the Armed Forces, conducting training courses in
the UK, Caribbean, Australia, Cyprus and Denmark.