Personality of the week – Amelia Bradshaw
This week our Personality of the Week feature is looking at a Human Resources Manager working within Corporate Services.
A good business strategy, one which is likely to succeed, is informed by people factors, and the role of Human Resources is to manage the ‘people’ aspect of any business. This integral function of a company can be crucial to their success.
Human Resources (HR) combines administrative personnel functions with performance management, employee relations, training, development and resource planning. A successful HR employee will be very skilled in working effectively with people, and in managing problems that may arise with the workforce.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the leading professional body for those involved in the field of Human Resources. Membership of the CIPD is highly respected by employers looking for Human Resources employees.
If you are interested in working within Human Resources, please contact us to find out more about available vacancies.
Name: Amelia Bradshaw
Job title: Human Resources Manager
Industry: Corporate Services
- Favourite animal: Cats – I have 2 who rule the house.
- Favourite book: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
- Favourite film: Plan 9 From Outer Space (yes I know it’s meant to be the worst film ever, but I love it because it’s so bad)
- Favourite food: Olives, black or green, I’m not fussy.
- Favourite accent: Welsh, because I’ve lost most of my Welsh accent
- Most memorable holiday: Going to Malta for a week. I didn’t go anywhere near a beach (sun + Amelia = very burnt skin) I can’t recommend it highly enough though. It’s full of so much history and is totally fascinating.
- Favourite catchphrase: Don’t know if it’s a catchphrase but the last 2 lines of an Emily Dickinson poem I love say “Narcotics cannot still the tooth that nibbles at the soul”. A lesson for us all on a Friday evening.
- Items for room 101: Magnolia paint, sachets with ‘tear here’ marks that you can’t open for love nor money. British Gas.
- What are the first three things you do in the morning: Turn off my alarm, Stroke the cat, Grab my bathrobe (not very exciting really)
- How did you get started in the industry? I got into HR almost by accident. I started off as an Office Manager, but also took on HR duties as there was no-one else in the company who did it. I discovered that I actually enjoyed it far more than Office Management and it all grew from there.
- What do you enjoy the most about your job? Dealing with tricky situations. Other people are the biggest puzzle mankind will ever have to deal with, but I like it when I’m able to resolve problems for them or put their minds at ease.
- What three adjectives would other people use to describe you? Unconventional, a smooth talker and witty.
- What three adjectives describe the skills you need to do your job? Diplomacy, patience & a good memory for all that legislation.
- What is the most valuable thing you have learnt in your career? I’ve learnt how to help my friends and family when they have employment problems.
- What tips would you give to someone starting out in this industry? I’d recommend anyone interested in getting in HR to think long and hard about doing the CIPD qualification, it’s really important if you want to get on.
- What has been the best moment of your career to date? Too many to mention. Defusing delicate situations is high up there.
- What do you hope to achieve on your career in the next decade ? I want to become a HR Director and I want to prove to people that it’s okay to be an individual and still have a career. You don’t have to be a corporate clone.
- When did you last go on holiday and where did you go? The last big holiday I had was in January when I went to Italy (Rome, Umbria District, Florence & Venice in that order), but I had a little holiday at Easter when I went to Whitby in Yorkshire. I also went to the Isle of Man in the Spring. Time for another holiday, me thinks…
- What do you spend your money on? Jewelry and dvds have to feature quite highly…
- If I knew then what I know now I … I’d have married a very rich old man and be living the life of Riley in a big country house somewhere. No seriously, I think life is about making mistakes and learning from them. People who don’t make mistakes don’t move out of their comfort zones and you need to do that to grow.