Previous Article Next Article PeopleOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Neil Jones is the first civilian to be appointed as director of humanresources for Dyfed Powys Police. He was previously head of HR and developmentat the Welsh Development Agency, where he introduced the WDA’s first ever HRstrategy and led the development of the Pathways to Learning programme. Jones is responsible for the full range of HR activity as well as high-levelstrategic input: “My remit will include overall responsibility for thefull range of personnel and development services,” he says. “I willalso be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the HRfunction.” He will oversee recruitment, training and career development, occupationalhealth and health and safety. Jones will also sit on the management board.”I’m looking forward to becoming a member of the board and being fullyinvolved in the overall development of the force’s strategy,” he says.”It is vitally important that HR policies and practices are directly alignedwith the business needs of the force.” Jones is also looking forward to securing an integrated approach to theappointment, development, reward and motivation of police and civilian staffand working with the existing team at police headquarters. Married with one daughter, he is in the process of moving to West Wales,where he can further indulge his hobbies of walking, going to the theatre anddining out with friends. CV 2002 Director of HR, Dyfed Powys Police 2000 Head of HR and development, Welsh Development Agency 1993 Assistant head of HR, University of Glamorgan 1990 Personnel manager, Mid Glamorgan County Council… on the move Property care group Delta Doric has appointed Veronica Workman as safety andresources manager. Her remit includes HR, with responsibility for employeedevelopment and ensuring the firm has all the necessary skills throughout thework-force. Workman will also oversee training and the quality managementprocess, as well as administering health and safety policies. Paul Reynolds has taken over as HR director for bar, restaurant andnightclub operator Urbium. The company recently demerged from Chorion and is nowindependent. This is a newly created position for Urbium, which runs the TigerTiger chain, and underpins its plans for expansion through acquisition in bothEurope and the UK. Reynolds is responsible for creating HR procedures andpolices. Jon Sparkes is the new head of HR at Cambridgeshire County Council. He joinsfrom The Genetics Group, but was previously an HR manager at PlesseyTelecommunications. He now has overall responsibility for the management anddevelopment of the council’s HR policies. Sparkes has a BSc in managementsciences and is co-author of the book Leading HR. Lindsay Blackman, head of personnel and management development at McNicholasConstruction, has joined the board. She is responsible for developing policiesand co-ordinating all HR activity at the group. She became head of personnel in1996 and established the department, helping the workforce grow from 600 to3,000 in five years. She previously worked for Sock Shop and Hobbs Belinda Earl, chief executive of Debenhams, has been appointed head of thenewly formed Skillsmart Sector Skills Council. The organisation aims to raisethe skills and productivity of retail sector staff and is one of fivetrailblazer SSCs established by the Government. Although an owned subsidiary ofthe British Retail Consortium, Skillsmart will represent the whole retailsector, including non-BRC members. Earl joined Debenhams from Harrods in 1985and joined the board in 1999.