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Philippa Lamb goes to the Cabinet Office to talk to Gill Rider who will be taking over from Vicky Wright as President of the Insitute. First we hear how her career took an unexpected turn from the path she had mapped for herself.
Gill goes on to discuss how she sees the future of HR, drawing on her business knowledge at Accenture and the Civil Service. She doesn’t think, as some others do, that there is a leadership crisis in the UK, but she points to some attributes that leaders must have to ensure success.
Motivation and increasing productivity while retaining employee engagement will be critical as cuts hit the public sector. Gill talks about a basic observation on ethos in the public sector, making an interesting point of comparison. Later, she highlights some other striking differences between the two sectors.
When asked how she is modernising the Civil Service in the light of the cuts, she says that public sector HR ratios will decrease to match the private sector and says how useful she has found the CIPD Next Generation research to underpin her change strategy.
Co-operative collaboration has been key to making the changes necessary to HR in the Civil Service, to a point where HR is a respected and essential part of operations. Gill thinks the role of the CIPD is critical in helping HR professionals advance in their careers. She sees her contribution and achievement in her new role, starting in December, as being the link between business and HR and the growth of the global footprint.
If you would like to read more about the Next Generation HR research which Gill found so helpful at the Cabinet Office, follow the link below
Gill is also chairing a couple of sessions at the Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) in Manchester from 9th to 11th November. The link below will take you to the list of speakers A-Z.