Where were you working before, and what were your responsibilities?
I have worked in various roles in either a generalist HR capacity or a specialist area such as talent acquisition. Most recently at Time Warner International, I focused on both executive search and recruitment operations strategy.
What qualifications do you hold?
I have an MA in human resources management, a BA (Hons) in finance and I am a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
What are the duties in your new role?
To provide leading-edge strategic HR input to support the business plans to achieve continued and above-market sector growth. And continuing to build a business that is 'best in class', bringing creativity to the forefront, to attract, develop and retain the very best authors and employees to Harper Collins.
What are the main challenges HR faces in the next five years?
The skills shortage is one of the toughest challenges – so talent management will become a key priority. The challenging market conditions with the 'credit crunch' mean that sensible business planning is even more essential than before.
What is the most overrated tool in your job?
The BlackBerry. It's addictive but means there is less face-to-face communication or phone calls, and quiet holidays are a thing of the past.
And what work tool would you like to see invented?
A time tool that allows you to buy time, rewind it to look backwards or forward it to the future. I think I'll have to settle for Mystic Meg until then.
What is the worst thing about HR?
When the function is not integral and partnering with the business.
How do you wind down after a bad day in the office?
A workout at the gym, or a visit to Soho House with good friends, and a low-fat salad and a large glass of wine.
What is the strangest situation you have been in at work?
A disciplinary that I managed which involved a Christmas party, lots of alcohol, staff and some other behaviour. Need I say more?
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Positive, commercial and decisive.
What was your lucky break?
Personally, meeting my amazing partner, who is also my best friend. Professionally, meeting R