Personal profile

Chris Scott
has been appointed HR director of Bristol radio company GWR. He has 22 years’
experience in the industry and has held senior management positions in the
company. Scott has also worked as sales director for Radio Bristol and in
various positions at 2CR and Radio Wyvern.

 

What is
the most important lesson you have learnt in your career?

Enjoy what
you do, keep a sense of humour.

 

What is
the strangest situation you have had to deal with at work?

Crossing an
NUJ picket line at GWR in Bristol, I was the sales manager and my wife was one
of the journalists. You can imagine the conversation over dinner that night.

 

If your
house was on fire and you could save one object, what would it be?

Obviously I
would collect my wife – after I had picked up my Middlesbrough football scarf.

 

If you
had three wishes to change your company, what would they be?

To ensure
we provide compelling radio, outstanding customer service and are a brilliant
place to work.

 

What is
the best thing about working in HR?

The
never-ending challenges.

 

What is
the worst?

I haven’t
encountered one yet.

 

You have stumbled on a time machine
hidden in the vaults of your company building. What time period would you visit
and why?

The late
1890s: I could put my flat cap on and see Middlesbrough win the amateur cup a
record six times.

 

If you could adopt the management style
of an historical character, whose would you adopt and why?

Sun Tzu, a
great strategist, a wise counsellor and a great leader.

 

How do
you get to work?

Where I
live I have no alternative but to travel by car, although this month a boat
would have been more useful.

 

What
would you do if you had more spare time?

Use my golf
club membership more than twice a year and get a season ticket for
Middlesbrough.

 

If you
were to write a book, which subject would you choose to write about?

Commercial
radio: the early years.

 

What is
your greatest strength?

Commitment
and being passionate about what I do.

 

What is
your least appealing characteristic?

I couldn’t
possibly comment.

 

What is
the greatest risk you ever took?

When I came
out of the comfort zone of my first job as slaughterman to the unchartered
waters of the beginning of commercial radio.

 

CV

2000 HR director, GWR Group

1998 Customer services director, GWR
Group

1996 Regional managing director, GWR
Group

1994 Managing director, GWR Group

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