Linda Moore has been appointed regional HR manager at accountants and business advisers, Mazars, for its northern and midlands regions. Her last permanent position was a similar role at Deloitte and she was most recently employed as a consultant for Bradford & Bingley.
What will be the duties in your new role?
The role is relatively new, so initi-ally I will be raising the profile of
HR across the regions. I will also be involved with Investors in People re-accreditation and the roll-out of our new capability matrix as part of our performance management system.
What qualifications do you hold?
Chartered MCIPD and MSc in Human Resource Management.
Which aspects are you most looking forward to?
I am delighted to have the opportunity to combine this internal role with a range of HR consultancy work for our clients.
What is the strangest situation you have been in at work?
Recording a CD on an away day to the music of Shania Twain entitled ‘Man, I feel like a vodka’ – bizarre, but very cathartic!
How will HR change over the next five years?
HR administration will become less visible with increasing auto-mation through technology. Line managers will be more empowered, and HR will be recognised as a full, strategic business partner.
Who is the ultimate guru?
David Brent – using humour to show people how not to do something is often much more effective than telling people how it should be done.
What is your essential viewing?
The Office and Phoenix Nights for humour; 24 for edge-of-the-seat drama; and Top Gear and Formula 1 racing for the cars.
What’s the best thing about HR?
I like the variety and the way you can make a difference – to indivi-duals and to the organisation.
And the worst?
Trying to balance the demands of the here and now with the longer-term requirements.
How do you fill your spare time?
I have a TVR T350 (British supercar) and spend the summer attending various car events – including Le Mans.
What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
Jumping off a mountain top in New Zealand, attached to a man I had only just met!
What advice would you give to people starting out in HR?
There’s no substitute for experience.
Do you network?
Yes. I am currently involved with a group of HR managers who get together with an employment law firm on a regular basis to discuss HR/employment law issues of the day, make new contacts and socialise, but I should probably do more.
What would be your ideal job?
I would love to be the first female Formula 1 driver (or failing that, drive at Le Mans).
What’s the best office party you’ve ever attended?
I met my partner at a corporate event (England v Australia in the Ashes at Headingley cricket ground), so that would be the best!
Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with?
Michael Palin. I’m sure he could keep me amused with stories from his travels around the world.
2004 HR manager, Mazars
2003 HR consultancy work, Bradford & Bingley
2000 Regional HR manager, Deloitte
1998 HR manager, BBC
1996 HR adviser, Sheffield Hallam University