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Russell Newham


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Russell Newham


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About Russell

An experienced CIPD qualified HR professional with a commercial mindset and a strong background in blue-chip retail background, currently focusing on strategic delivery of business objectives and results. Commercially experienced across Area Manager, Store Manager and Head Office store operations. Specific interests include development of high potential talent, organisational design, business change management, engagement, management coaching and performance management.

Highly developed skills gained through experience in change management, talent management and coaching.
Coached line managers on how to identify high potential employees and manage their development plans to drive up engagement and maximise the skills at hand.
Developed a strategic Talent and Succession plan introducing regular forums to discuss potential with line mangers.

Develop and lead organisational design and organisational effectiveness strategies with business leaders.
Managed numerous organisational restructures in line with both business and legislative requirements.

Identified with senior leadership team engagement strategy resulting in increased engagement.

Developed and delivered performance management workshops.
Monitored and reviewed effectiveness of delivery
Delivered further workshops on coaching; objective setting; feedback and ‘handling difficult performance conversations’ to line managers.

Successfully identified over 122 opportunities to improve HR efficiency and effectiveness.
Identified, developed, and successfully delivered client-responsive, cost-effective solutions, utilising a range of techniques including consultant methodology and project management skills.
Responsible for the delivery of a vanilla/configured application ensuring full integration with the end-to-end solution meeting business/information system standards.

Russell's Career History

Energy Savings Trust

Group Director of HR and Organisation Development

March 2016 - Ongoing

- Successfully researched, developed and delivered HR Strategy on time & budget
- Delivered an engagement strategy for 200 people with a 92% response rate and 73% engaged score
- Delivered a leadership model that defined leadership across director’s skills, psychologist skills, visionary skills and guardian skills
- Introduced performance management calibration processes that enabled talent development
- Drove a skills audit linked to job family creation and succession planning, mitigation risk, ensuring correct skills development, creating key role successors and reducing resourcing costs

Post Office

HR Business Partner - Crown Transformation, Retail Operations, Property and Contact Centres

April 2013 - January 2016


HR Business Partner

January 2012 - October 2012

Home Retail Group PLC

HR Lead

January 2005 - May 2012


Claire Flint


Russ is an experienced, capable and thoughtful Executive who is ready to expand the value he can add though taking on his first Non- Executive Director role. He has a strong understanding of what is required and an experience and interest beyond his functional role. He would I’m sure, be an asset to a Board seeking to transform or progress their people agenda.

Mike Thornton



+ Banking Business Services Construction Energy Environmental FMCG / Retail Insurance Management Consulting Manufacturing Private Equity Technology