Personal profile

Originally joining the company as a secretary, she has since found her way into an influential HR role. Gray has previously worked in recruitment and in the HR department for the group treasury.

What is the biggest challenge in your job?

I think it is ensuring we have the right strategies in place to keep ahead of legislation, delivering best practice, meeting customer needs and keeping everybody aware of the disability discrimination processes.

What are the biggest challenges facing HR people in banking?

Developing a change culture, so that people grow and change with the business.

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

To treat people as individuals, no matter what the situation.

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

As part of my personal training I had to head a team which demolished a building and then set up a business in its place. I was turning up there after work to hammer in nails – it took about five months to complete.

Imagine being stranded on a desert island with enough food for only two people. Who would you choose as your companion?

Tom Cruise

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

I would not go to the future because I wouldn’t want to know what it is. I think I would go back to the 1960s, because I was too young to appreciate all the fun.

What would your dream job be?

I would have to say the one I am doing now because I am challenging current practices.

Which is your favourite cheese?

Brie with crackers.

What would you do if you had more spare time?

Observing my surroundings instead of taking them for granted.

What would you rescue if your house was on fire?

My lipstick.

What is your greatest strength?

I think it is my personality – I have quite a positive view on life.

What is your least appealing characteristic?

I would make my legs longer as I am only 5ft 3.

Who is your favourite author?

Harper Lee

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