• Sue Eilfield has joined The Financial Times newspaper as HR director. She
was previously at The Body Shop for six and a half years, most recently as HR
manager at head office and prior to that as HR manager, manufacturing. Before
The Body Shop she worked for Hampshire Training and Enterprise Council as
personnel and training officer. She started her career as a graduate trainee at
the Ford Motor Company.
• IPC Magazines is looking for a new HR and services director following the
announcement that Arthur Tanner is leaving the company to join book publisher
Random House as group HR director. Tanner was with IPC for eight years and was
involved in the restructuring of the company last April into five separate
• Electrical retailer Comet has made three appointments to its HR
department. Ewan McCulloch has joined as HR controller for retail and call
centre, with responsibility for staff in its 266 stores and call centre in
Hull. He was previously head of retail personnel at Nationwide Building
Society. Paula Smith, HR manager for Scotland and the North of England, has
been given the job of managing Comet’s payroll and administrative process and
staff scheduling review. Hannah Breen, previously retail training advisor has
been made HR and development advisor.
• Solicitors Masons has appointed Jacqui Robins as HR manager and Eleanor
Hogg as graduate and professional recruitment manager. Robins moves from Allen
and Overy where she held HR roles in the business services department and most
recently in the litigation, property and tax practice. Hogg has worked in HR at
Theodore Goddard, Arthur Andersen and Manches and Co.
• Debbie Howard, HR director at motoring services group Lex Service, has
been appointed to the board of directors. It is the first time HR has been
represented on the company’s board. Howard joined Lex in 1987 and became HR
director in 1997 after holding a number of operational and HR management roles.
• Richard Reeves, social affairs editor of The Observer newspaper, will join
the Industrial Society on February 15 as director of Futures. He will lead the
organisation’s research into the future of work. He follows Will Hutton,
Observer editor-in-chief, who has been appointed chief executive, also starting
in February. Hutton has pledged to turn the Industrial Society into the UK’s
leading body on work issues.
• Stephen Killinger has been appointed HR director at Cereal Partners UK. He
joined the company a year ago as head of personnel. He previously worked for
Givaudan Roure, part of the Roche group.