Jill Youds has been at Clarks for almost three years and earlier this year wasnamed as the HR manager of the year at the Personnel Today Awards (below, withPersonnel Today’s Noel O’Reilly). She heads up the HR function for the retaildivision of Clarks Shoes and is responsible for about 600 stores and 10,000people. What do you hope to achieve in your new role? I hope to determine and deliver the people elements of our retail strategyto maximise the profitability of the business. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? I’ve worked with senior management teams for some years now so there are toomany to list! Who is the ultimate guru? I like Paul Kearns’ work and Lynda Gratton’s. I learn a lot from HomerSimpson too! What is your essential viewing? The West Wing – essential training for all HR practitioners What’s the best thing about HR? Contributing to the business strategy and success. The best thing about HRat Clarks is our amazing team. …and the worst? Managing the canteen, postroom and payroll – which fortunately I don’t do atClarks. How do you fill your spare time? With a Nintendo Gamecube and the man in my life. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? I moved out of HR into an operations management role for a while to see if Icould practice what I preach. That was a big risk to my credibility as I couldhave crashed and burned. It was a fantastic learning experience and I’dencourage anyone to do it, but it is scary What is the essential tool in your job? Camomile Tea. But seriously – benchmarking data. If you could do any job in the world, what would it be? I’d want to run all aspects of a cruise ship, except all the navigation. Who would play you in the film of your life and why? I asked one of my team and they said Uma Thurman, although I’m not sure whatthat says! What’s the worst/best office party you’ve ever attended? The worst was having to pick up the casualty issues after a major fight at ado many years ago. I hope the best will be next week at our Madonna tributenight Christmas party. Youd’s CV2000 Head of retail HR, Clarks Shoes1998 Head of training, Somerfield Stores1995 Divisional personnel and training manager, SomerfieldStores1993 District personnel and training officer, SafewayOn the moveInternet security firm Symantec has recruited Claudia Cronin as its seniorcompensation analyst. She joins the company from United Biscuits where she wasa reward analyst, responsible for compensation and benefits in the UK andEurope. In her new role she will be the sole point of contact for allcompensation issues in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Her role involvesdevising salary structures, variable pay plans and sales bonus plans for 26countries in the region. Cronin will report into the global compensationmanager, based at the US HQ in Silicon Valley. Budget hotel Travel Inn Heathrow has recruited Christine Ireland (pictured)as HR manager. The hotel is still under construction, but Ireland has beenbrought on board to oversee the recruitment of more than 200 new staff. Shewill be recruiting staff at all levels from housekeeping to management for thenew hotel, due to open in May 2003. She joins the firm after taking a gap yearwhere she travelled around the US. Prior to that she was group training anddevelopment manager at Stamford Hotels and Resorts in Australia. The Regional Development Agency (RDA) has appointed 23 new members to helpbuild business expertise. The new appointments represent the largest everproportion of industry figures to the RDA. Board members with current businessexperience will now make up 53 per cent of boards overall. Some of the newboard members include: Chey Garland, Kevin Rowan, Christine Smith, Keith Taylorand Julie Kenny. Previous Article Next Article PeopleOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.