Self motivated and versatile individual with over 20 years experience in Human Resources, inclusive of 15 years in the British Armed Forces. After reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant I decided to cut my career short to give much needed stability to my family. On leaving the military I was immediately employed as an Executive Assistant to cover a period of maternity leave followed by promotion and a permanent position as the HR Manager. Unfortunately due a wider Company re-organisation I was made redundant in April 2013. Married with two children and enjoys Golf, Skiing and Reading.
RecyCoal Ltd, Doncaster
HR Manager, RecyCoal Ltd, Doncaster Dec 11 to Apr 13 (Redundancy)
RecyCoal is a global specialist in the efficient, sustainable, and cost effective way of winning remnant coal from active coal mines, abandoned mine spoil heaps and mine washery discard. Personally responsible for all Human Resources and Recruitment within the company.
RecyCoal Ltd, Doncaster
Executive Assistant (Interim) RecyCoal Ltd, Doncaster Aug 11 to Dec 11
Interim Executive Assistant position to cover maternity leave
Her Majesty’s Armed Forces 1996 to 2011
Personal Assistant, Communications Division, NATO, Norway Nov 10 to Aug 11
Employed as the Military Personal Assistant within the Communications Division, NATO Joint Warfare Centre, Norway.
Human Resources Manager, Manpower Personnel, NATO, Norway Jun 08 to Nov 10
Accountable for all Human Resource aspects within the Military Personnel Office, Manpower Personnel Branch, NATO Joint Warfare Centre, Norway.
Deputising for the Head Military Personnel during a 6-month deployment to Afghanistan and also performed duties of Chief Manpower and Personnel due to the post being gapped. Both these appointments were 5 and 6 grade levels above my rank.
To assist with the change and implementation of the Peacetime Establishment I produced a bespoke manpower matrix, which is now used by all Headquarter hierarchy, for this work I received a commendation from the NATO Commander.
Personal Assistant, 1 NATO Signal Battalion, Netherlands Feb 08 to Jun 08
Prior to moving to Norway on promotion, I spent a short period of time as the Personal Assistant to the Commanding Officer.
Successfully organised all administration aspects for International VIP’s visiting the Battalion.
Staff Support Assistant, 2 Logistic Support Regiment, Germany Jan 05 to Feb 08
Employed as Staff Support Assistant within the Regimental Headquarters.
Identified shortfalls in the Regimental Discipline system, to that end a closer working relationship with legal authorities followed. Participated in a Charity cycle ride from London to Paris, raising a substantial sum a UK Children’s Hospital, organised and coordinated all fund raising and logistical arrangement for the event.
Early Military Career
Worked in Human Resources at the following military posts; Headquarters Land Command, England. 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, Germany. Special Forces Parachute Medics, Aldershot. In additional, worked as a Stenographer and Personal Assistant for the Chief of Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence, London.
Early Civilian Career
After leaving school I worked in the advertising department of The Dumfriesshire Newspaper Group, followed by a junior management position for a local insurance company. In addition, I volunteered my services as a Special Police Constable for the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.
Professional Affiliations – The Institute of Administrative Management
Relevant Qualifications and Training
Institute of Administrative Management, Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Administrative Management.
Diploma in Basic Employment Law
Open University – Understanding Management.
Open University – Working, Learning & Developing Effective Performance at Work.
Supervising Health and Safety
Floor Liaison Officer
First Aid Trained
First Aid Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Instructor
Microsoft qualification – MS Access, Word and Powerpoint Super User
Scottish ‘O’ Level – 6 including English and Maths. Scottish ‘H’ Level – 1
Military Management Administration Course
Regimental Administration Office Finance Course
Staff Support Assistant Course
System Coordinator Course
Protective Document Handling
Basic Instructional Techniques
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