Where were you working before, and what were your responsibilities?
I was a lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy, most recently at the Ministry of Defence. My role was varied, leading the Armed Forces diversity strategy and heading the maritime intelligence procurement.
What qualifications do you hold?
I have a BA (Hons) in economics, I'm warship command qualified and I have an NCFE certificate in counselling.
What are the duties in your new role?
My role is to globalise diversity and continue to make it relevant to clients, prospects and employees. I'm pleased to join an organisation that has its sights set on being an innovative market leader.
What challenges does HR face in the next five years?
Finding an edge that draws talent through the door and keeps it in the right place. Being truly innovative is a constant battle - but when you get it right, HR can deliver amazing results.
What is the most overrated tool in your job?
My telephone - I prefer meeting people.
What work tool would you like to see invented?
A penalty system for people who book meeting rooms and don't use them, ideally one that detects the just-in-case bookings and delivers a mild electric shock to offenders through their keyboard.
What is the worst thing about HR?
People who assume that you've spent a sheltered life in an HR enclave. HR professionals invariably lean on a wealth of front-line experience.
How do you wind down after a bad day in the office?
A glass of Montrachet on my balcony overlooking the Thames.
What is the strangest situation you have been in at work?
My partner and I were the first service couple to move into married quarters, in 2005. On the day we moved in, I found a journalist in our shed. The perils of dealing with the media should be learned at university and not while digesting your breakfast.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Happy being different.