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first_img Previous Article Next Article Nick Hoad has joined Tragus Holdings, the restaurant group that owns CaféRouge and Bella Pasta. He joins the firm from Groupe Chez Gerard where he was incharge of the HR and training functions. It will be Hoad’s second spell at thecompany, having previously worked for Bella Pasta between 1991 and 1997. In hisnew role he will oversee the company’s separation from Whitbread and therollout of a new training and development programme. What do you hope to achieve in your new role? To create a company that is well known and respected in the restaurantsector and work with my colleagues to expand the business. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? During my first job at Land Rover I had to handle the departure of nightshift workers exposed by the News of the World for sleeping on the night shift.How do you think the role of HR will change over the next five years? More guidance and information will be available via the intranet or web andthere is a risk the role will become less personal and more remote. Who is the ultimate guru? Robert Zimmerman, the poet, and singer songwriter. What is your essential viewing? The Office, since my new team would love me to be more like David Brent. How do you fill your spare time? I’m a football fanatic and season ticket holder at West Bromwich Albion, whohave returned to their rightful place. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? Other than the odd flutter at the bookies, I do not take risks. What advice would you give to people starting out in HR? Work in factory, shop, restaurant, or an environment unrelated to HR beforestarting out, to provide a broad experience of work. Do you network? Never. Hoad’s CV2002 HR director, Tragus Holdings1999 HR director, Groupe Chez Gerard1998 HR director, Queensboro Holdings1997 HR manager, Wizard InnsOn the moveMark Childs, director of global compensation and benefits at FidelityInvestment, has taken up a role within the CIPD. He has just joined the team asthe new vice-president for reward and will be working with CIPD advisers toexplore the issues and lead the debate around reward. He replaces Vicky Wright.Tim Smith has been appointed programme manager at learning provider MOL. Hewill assume responsibility for management programmes ensuring all courses aredelivered to the highest standards. Smith has more than 16 years experience ofworking in higher education delivering and managing programmes from HNDBusiness Studies to MBA. He has previously worked at the University of Durhamas programme manager for SME Development. John Blenkinsopp has joined Newcastle University Business School as alecturer in HRM. He will also be the course director of the university’sexecutive MBA. Blenkinsopp moved to the business school from NorthumbriaUniversity, where he taught and managed HRM courses. In the new role he wantsto focus on the HRM contribution to the wider strategic issues. The Welsh Development Agency has appointed Zoe Harcombe as its new executivedirector of HR. She has held HR positions at several companies including Mars,Smithkline Beecham and Alcatel. She will play a major role in the ‘creatingsuccess together’ initiative which aims to develop a culture of teamwork.Harcombe will lead a team of 16 HR staff across Wales. The specialist career counselling firm IDDAS has recruited Lord Freeman, theformer cabinet minister, to its advisory panel. IDDAS provides careertransition advice and counselling to senior executives, in particular thosemaking the transition from corporate life to an independent second career. LordFreeman joins Elizabeth Filkin – the former Parliamentary Commissioner forStandards, who joined IDDAS in April – on the panel. Lord Freeman was made alife peer in 1997 and returned to the commercial world as a partner atPricewaterhouseCoopers, for whom he continues to act as a consultant. Comments are closed. PeopleOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img