Based on the Isle of Man, Roy Martin is head of corporate services for the island’s Police Service and chairman of the local CIPD branch. He has previously held, in both the public and private sectors, a variety of senior appointments at director and managing board level.
What is the most important lesson you have learned in your career?
No matter how good it was, the past cannot be recaptured; there is no going back. Organisational management must look forward.
What is the strangest situation you’ve had to deal with at work?
Moving – after years of handling redundancy situations and experiencing high unemployment – to an island where there is zero unemployment and where
ability to work is regulated by work permit.
If you had three wishes to change your company what would they be?
To have the resources to meet the public expectations of our service, to guarantee the safety of our police officers and to be able to reward excellent performance.
What is the best thing about working in HR?
Being recognised as so critical to the success of an enterprise that human resources practitioners are an automatic choice for any project/management group.
What the worst thing about working in HR?
Being seen by unenlightened line managers as administrators and providers of non-strategic support services.
What motivates you to go to work?
Making the difference – there’s never a dull moment when introducing change into organisations.
What is your greatest strength?
Getting people motivated and into the spirit and ethics of things despite themselves or their organisational hang-ups.
What is your least appealing characteristic?
My unwillingness to acce