People on the move

Claire Beasley has joined Glencourt Associates, the
international executive search and selection consultancy, to head up a new
retail division. Beasley worked for over 18 years for blue-chip retailers, most
recently as director of retail personnel for Arcadia Group, responsible for
training 29,000 employees.

 

Peter Meier is the new head of HR at Channel 4, replacing
Janet Wilkinson who has left to take up a new role of HR director with the US
greetings card company Hallmark. An HR professional with more than 13 years’
experience, Meier spent most of his career with Anglia Television.

When the company was taken over in 1994 he became director
of personnel and administration for the new parent company, MAI Media, which in
1996 became United Broadcasting and Entertainment. In September, Channel 4
became the first major broadcaster in the UK to achieve the Investors in People
standard.

 

On-line recruitment service Totaljobs.com has appointed
Keith Robinson as customer relationship managing director. In the past Robinson
has worked for recruitment advertising companies such as Barkers Human
Resources and Thomson Regional Newspapers.

 

Mechanical, electrical and maintenance company Dudley Bower
Services has appointed Jonathan Whitworth as HR manager. Whitworth started work
in December at Dudley Bower Services’ Leatherhead offices after working with
BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia.

 

Top job

Tim Waterhouse has been appointed HR business partner with
chemical and pharmaceuticals company Bayer. Waterhouse will provide a strategic
consultancy role for Bayer’s diagnostics business in Newbury, Stoke Poges and
Halstead. While Tim will be responsible for ensuring the project has effective
operational back-up, his main focus will be working with the management teams
on longer-term business direction.

Waterhouse joins Bayer from the HR recruitment consultancy,
Courtenay and was previously HR manager for the commercial division Hoechst
Marion Roussell. A corporate member of the CIPD, he has recently completed an
MA in HR management at Oxford Brookes University.

He said, “After 10 years in British Rail I took the decision
to take voluntary redundancy and take my chances in the commercial world. So
far so good.”

“The strangest situation I have dealt with was when I was
interviewing a candidate who calmly told me about the time he put a loaded gun
against the head of someone and nearly pulled the trigger, before being pulled
away.”

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