Knowledge and skills development is vital to the health and growth of organisations. Ashley Kate HR recognise the value of up skilling their team so they maintain their pole position as the HR Recruiter of Choice. Last week we welcomed two HR professionals to our Head Office to share their experiences of what it is like to be, and recruit for, an Organisational Development professional and an HR Director in the current climate.
Ruth Gawthorpe is a commercial, innovative and results focused OD and Change agent and her rolled up sleeves and direct approach has been instrumental in supporting many CEO’s and HRD’s who want to develop their People strategy, HR and L&D Teams to support growth. She gave a great insight into the work of OD; defining what key skills are required to be noticed by potential employers in the current climate, and provided many fascinating and also humorous anecdotes on how she has guided firms successfully through the process of OD and change management resulting in a high performance culture. In particular, she outlined the strategic plan she adopts when implementing OD change and provided some very useful insights in to typical questions we should be asking OD specialists when recruiting for our HR clients.
Her feedback was also extremely positive and the Directors at Ashley Kate HR were pleased to hear that she thought we had a, ‘’ a cracking team of Recruitment Experts. I loved their authenticity, the different personalities and humour in the team and their thought provoking questions. At Ashley Kate it’s obvious that you are all really keen to continually improve your business knowledge and intellect and I think that is bound to have such a positive impact on the service that you give to your Clients and Candidates. Well done for building such a capable team who display a real growth mind-set.’’
Peter Lunn is an experienced, HR Director with many years of experience working within household named concerns . He made comment after his insightful overview of life as a HR Director client and candidate that the session was, ‘’A great initiative and one I’ll try and pinch …….. by inviting one of you to talk to my HR team.’’
His session offered a true reflection of what it was to be a job seeking HR Executive and the team enjoyed debating what aspects of service were key in the HR Recruitment relationship from both sides of the fence in the present climate. He highlighted the importance of the candidate-client relationship being key to a long term partnership with an external Recruiter and the team were keen to explore and understand his views of what HR would be like in 10 years time.
Feedback from the team highlighted how, ‘’informative‘’, the session was and that it provided, ‘’much food for thought’’ emphasising the increasing importance of thorough preparation and knowledge of the role, relationship building and structure when recruiting for a senior HR role.
Kim MacNamara – HR Business Director explains how key training is even for very experienced recruitment consultants, it , ‘’ builds confidence and this confidence allows us to focus on providing a high level of service to our HR candidates and clients. We all enjoyed the session as it provided us with new ideas and impetus to keep us at the cutting edge of industry developments. Recruiters who are competent and on top of changing industry standards in turn will recruit the best HR talent that will help firms hold their position as a leader and strong competitor within their industry sector.’’
FIRP, HR Recruitment Director – Kim MacNamara is a HR recruitment specialist who has successfully placed senior HR roles across the UK and is driven by a focus on an excellent customer experience. Working alongside Claire Baker, Emma Dobson, Lucy Wesson & Leon Morley they provide effective recruitment solutions for HR roles from Administrative to Board level.