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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
A friend of mine jokingly referred to me as the HR Conversationalist and I liked it so much I kept it.
Through bringing different perspectives and voices in the world of business, tech and HR through my newsletter and soon to be podcast, my mission is to help inform businesses on how they can best leverage the skill, spark the will and prepare their employees for an unfamiliar world of work.
The start of my career in HR
🗺️ My career in HR started in 2003, working for an international risk management company, ArmorGroup (now part of Group 4 Securicor). I was hired as HR Assistant and my job was working with ex-military, ex-police, crime scene investigators, Metropolitan Police Special Branch Detectives, with my ‘patch’ being the Middle East. What a job to start off a career in HR right?
From books, mobile phones, fashion, food and coffee, I have worked for some well-known brands including Orion Publishing Group, Carphone Warehouse, Gala Coral, Hobbs, Greene King and Caffe Nero, a HR leadership career spanning 17 years.
Now I’m using my voice to inspire others to speak up about their experiences of being Black in the workplace and partner with bold leaders who are committed to making lasting change to address systematic inequalities within their businesses.
I’m unapologetic about being on a ‘Black vibe’ as I believe improving the experiences for black people will improve the experience for everyone.
A random fact about me?
In 2019, I undertook an MP Leadership Scheme with the Houses of Common as a way of dipping my toe into politics. I’m not ready to be a politician yet, but it awakened a need to contribute in a civic capacity. Thus, as well as doing what I can to support other women and ethnic minorities in business, I’m now a community member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Artificial Intelligence, a Board Member of the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership Board and for the last couple of years, I’ve been a Board Trustee for Endeavour-Mat, a group of selective and non-selective schools in Kent.
What else can I tell you?
🎮 As an aspiring writer, I love a good paranormal romance, fantasy or horror novel. James Herbet is one of my all-time favourite authors. I’m also an enthusiastic amateur video gamer. The God of War series remains my ultimate favourite games.
I’m a mum of two daughters, so when I’m not trying to hide from the kids (I love them dearly), I can be found in my office/gym trying to stay sane and keep active during the lockdown. I do miss Crossfit!
PS This really shouldn’t make a difference but just in case you need to know…
I have a BA (Hons) in Business with Psychology, an MSc in International HR and certified certificate in Finance for Non-Financial Directors and a qualified practitioner in Predictive Index (a behaviour profiling tool similar to Myers Brigs, DiSc, Insights etc). Out of initial curiosity I’ve undertaken training in Artificial Intelligence, which then lead to more training in Data Strategies and Growth Marketing.