I am Foolproof’s HR Manager. This is my first foray into the world of UX having had a twenty-something year career working in the media industry. There are many similarities however - in terms of work culture, the type of people who choose to come and work at such a company as Foolproof and the motivation of those individuals.
I decided to move out of hybrid operational/HR roles and firmly place myself in the HR camp when I could see the profession changing its outlook and when businesses started to position HR at the heart of a business, instead of seeing it as a back-room, reactive function. This change reflects how I perceive my role as I passionately believe that people are the lifeblood of an organisation and I am thrilled to be working in an environment that puts what I believe to be important into practice.
Being part of a small HR team, with a very wide remit, really allows me to call upon my wide range of experience. One of my favourite aspects of my role is that I never stop learning or dealing with new situations, and while it can be challenging, it can also be remarkably rewarding. I have a particular fondness for certain aspects of HR such as Organisational Design, Learning & Development and (rather geekily) Employment Law.
Outside of work I try to maximise the time I have to spend with my small-but-perfectly-formed family, I like to have time to cook up a storm and be creative in the kitchen. My perfect day would be one where half the hours aren’t filled at all (`What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare’ – WH Davies) and the rest of the day I could get cracking on a little project, maybe painting some furniture, a bit of upcycling or some element of interior design.
I secretly harbour a desire to ‘get a trade’ - maybe a carpenter or electrician - but am still working out if there is a realistic way to jump from job descriptions to dovetail joints – maybe a modern apprenticeship beckons?