Top job: Ben Emmens, HR services manager, People in Aid

first_imgTop job: Ben Emmens, HR services manager, People in AidOn 17 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Ben Emmens has joined charity People In Aid, an international network ofdevelopment and humanitarian assistance agencies. He joins from Save theChildren UK, where he worked as one of two HR officers advising theorganisation’s emergency programmes. During his time there, he was theoperational HR lead for the charity’s response in Afghanistan, southern Africa,western Africa, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Iraq. What will your new role entail? My key duties will be to co-ordinate and develop membership services andresources. This includes a code of good practice to support the aid personnel;undertaking and commissioning research, and developing workshops and trainingmaterials for members. What do you hope to achieve in your new role? My challenge is to raise the quality and standard of HR management in thehumanitarian sector, and I hope to achieve this by introducing innovativeservices that will respond to our members’ needs. Which aspects are you most looking forward to? Meeting our members and participating in the active learning networks. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? I was leading the panel interviewing a candidate for a senior managementpost during a charity fundraising week. A male colleague from anotherdepartment dressed up as a witch on a broomstick, burst in shouting andscreaming and demanded that we put some coins in a collection box in order tobe left in peace. The poor candidate was so taken aback that they quickly puttheir hand in their pocket and duly obliged. How do you think the role of HR will change over the next five years? HR practitioners will be obliged to become ‘business partners’ and the requirementto truly understand the business will be greater than ever. I hope we will seemuch more integration between HR and the line. Also, as recent employmentlegislation starts to bite, there will be an increasing need for a deeper legalunderstanding. How do you fill your spare time? Youthwork, cycling and walking. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? Leaving a permanent job with a good salary in the private sector for interimwork in the not-for-profit sector. What is the essential tool in your job? The telephone. And the most over-rated? Voicemail. What advice would you give to people starting out in HR? Remember every manager is a people manager – know where you can add value. If you could do any job in the world, what would it be? A travel writer. Who would play you in the film of your life and why? Ry Cooder. I saw his style in the film Buena Vista Social Club, and how hemanaged to get the best out of an eclectic mix of Cuban jazz musicians. I thinkhe would empathise with my own job. What is the worst office party you’ve ever attended? It was in the basement function room of an old office block and camecomplete with fluorescent lighting and a Christmas hits CD on continuous loop. Emmens’ CV2003 HR services manager, People inAid2002 Emergencies HR officer, Save the Children UK2001 Interim HR officer, Save the Children UK1999 Associate, Design Research Unit Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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