This award is given to an individual HR director who can demonstrate outstanding leadership. Entries explained the contribution made both to their own team and to the organisation as a whole. Candidates demonstrated they had developed an effective HR team and presented evidence of their contribution to the business.
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Organisation: Barratt Developments
Number in team: 20
Number of staff the team is responsible for: 4,500
About the entrant
Jayne Mee is the group HR director at Barratt Developments, one of the country's best-known housebuilders.
Barratt had not had an HR director since 1989, so there was no HR strategy or team in place. Senior leaders had been promoted mainly through technical competence, and there was no real understanding of the value HR could bring to the business. Barratt also acquired Wilson Bowden in April 2007.
What the director did
- Developed an HR strategy
- Established a specialist HR team
- Focused on a leadership development programme
- Helped to integrate Wilson Bowden structurally and culturally within the business
- Directed the business through major rationalisation and restructure.
Benefits and achievements
- Delivery of three-year H