first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. As a self-confessed shopaholic, Lisa Bedford has probably found her dreamjob as the head of HR at fashion retailer, Oasis. Her new role is the latest ina series of high street retail posts, following spells at River Island, Searsand Etam. She will run the HR function and implement a new reward system for thebusiness. “Without going into too much HR jargon, I’m responsible formaking sure HR is a credible function that can be inspirational and visionary,but at the same time deliver what our internal customers want,” Bedfordexplains. During her time as HR second in command at River Island, she developed aperformance review system and implemented an online recruitment strategy. Butshe decided to move to Oasis because of the opportunity to have a voice atboard level, and influence the future growth of the company. One of the key challenges of working in the retail sector is recruitingstaff, and Bedford believes the industry needs to better sell itself as acareer option for youngsters. “Unfortunately, retail just isn’t a preferred option for school leaversnowadays. We all need to improve at marketing the fantastic variety ofopportunities retail can offer,” she says. Over the coming months, she hopes to position Oasis as an employer of choicein retail by introducing a range of policies. “It is achievable if everything is in place – from great recruitmentand selection processes to development opportunities that stimulate employees,and proper succession plans that allow for growth.” Bedford enjoys the variety of work in HR, and says retail moves so fast shenever has time to get bored. On the moveClaire Bonar has taken over at software solutions firm ICS Computing as headof HR. She joins from Clandeboyne Lodge Hotel in Northern Ireland, where sheran the HR function. She will oversee the development of 175 staff based atvarious sites across Northern Ireland. One of the company’s main aims of thecoming year is to gain IIP accreditation. Law firm Blake Lapthorn has appointed Alan Burnhams as its new director ofHR. Burnhams rejoins after a four-year stint with legal group Clarke Willmott& Clarke, where he was also HR director. His new remit will beco-ordinating all the company’s HR activity. The firm currently employs around480 staff but is looking to expand. The Learning and Skills Council has appointed Caroline Neville as itsdirector of policy and development. For the past nine years, Neville has beenthe principal of Norwich City College. During her tenure it was selected forCentre of Vocational Excellence status. She is also a member of the Higher EducationFunding Council for England, the Council for Industry and Higher Education anda board member of the Association of Colleges. Rob Wye, who has been thecouncil’s interim director, has returned to his original post as executivedirector at LSC Northamptonshire. PeopleOn 20 Aug 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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