How did I get into a career in HR?

I wanted a career where I would be working with people, so HR was a natural choice.  I gained my recognised HR qualifications and like the rest of the team, a member of CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

Describe a typical day

It always starts with a coffee for a caffeine boost ready for the day ahead and a quick catch up on the inbox. I will then have a catch up with the HR Team and discuss any projects I am currently working on, or anything that has come up that I can support. Then it’s also being there for guidance and support, it could be a phone call about maternity allowance or advice on completing a fair investigation following the relevant procedures.

What do you enjoy about working within the Cedar Foundation?

For the last 20 years I have worked in the charity and voluntary sector. It is fabulous to work with a company where the bottom line isn’t the main goal.

"When I saw the opportunity to apply for HR Officer, I looked at the webpage and Cedar's mission, vision and values resonated with me".

Since starting, I have also been given opportunities to develop within my role. I am currently studying a Level 3 Train the Trainer and completed an Employer Branding Academy and became an Employer Branding Professional. All the staff I have met along the way have been warm and welcoming. Obviously my team is the best! but it is great that Cedar’s values are lived by everyone at the Foundation.

What Is the Most Rewarding Part Of Your Job?

I really enjoy meeting new people and getting to know people.  I would like to think that all employees view me as someone they can turn to when they have a problem. As these matters are very important to them, it is very rewarding when you can give them the support they need and make a positive impact on their lives.

Featured as part of Cedar's 'Spotlight Series' on HR.