After more than 20 years in local government HR, most recently with Warrington Borough Council, I joined TCAT in February 2020 and it’s fair to say that it’s been an unusual induction period! However, with the support of colleagues in the Trust centre and at all our academies (via Zoom for the most part) I’ve been made to feel very welcome and I’m excited to be involved in the next stage of TCAT’s journey.
The HR service is a key enabler in supporting any organisation to achieve its aims and ambitions through its greatest asset – it’s people.
In terms of TCAT this means ensuring that we can attract, develop and retain an engaged workforce with the right skills, knowledge, behaviours and systems of working they need in order to do the jobs we need them to do.
HR’s role in this includes ensuring that our employment policies and practices are fit for purpose and compliant with the law, developing and maintaining robust reward, wellbeing and employee engagement initiatives and good trade union relations.
We also provide support on the management of complex HR casework, legal advice, workforce planning and development as well as transactional services such as contract administration, recruitment support and payroll advice.
Underpinning this is a programme of coaching and guidance for managers and employees so that they are able to deal with any HR matters at source by appropriate application of existing policy and procedure.
Away from work I enjoy rugby league, being heavily involved in the running of my local community club as well as being a match official.
I also ‘enjoy’ running and having been lucky enough to run/hobble round London on more than one occasion my personal aim is to complete the set of ‘marathon majors’ around the world, at some point before my knees pack in on me!