Whitbread has appointed its group HR director to the board in a bid to driveits people agenda and push Whitbread into the FTSE 50 by 2010. Whitbread Group brands include David Lloyd health clubs, Marriott hotels andCosta Coffee, and the company employs 65,000 people across the UK. In an exclusive interview with Personnel Today, group HR director AngieRisley said she was delighted the function was being recognised as central tobusiness success. “I now have the opportunity to influence the place where the topdecisions are taken,” she said. “The people agenda now has to beconnected to the business.” Risley said that good leadership at Whitbread was HR’s primary concern. Thecompany has created a faculty of coaches and mentors to ensure the 85 people inthe group’s top management roles are well prepared. The organisation has also produced a ‘development library’ on its intranetsite so that leaders can access documents and advice on various leadershiptopics. Whitbread recently installed a new system from Oracle to provide HR withinformation on its people in the areas of payroll, finance, supply chain andHR. By this October, the new system will allow line managers to process theirown payroll through self-service, with HR providing a support service. “The system means HR is now a strategic business partner with the linemanagers,” said Risley. HR’s other key role in Whitbread is to ensure the company is ‘adistinctively good place to work’. It will work towards making every brand inthe group a recognised top UK employer. Risley said that Whitbread had to make sure it continued to offer value toits people through flexible working practices and a well-trained workforce. By Michael Millar Whitbread gets HR on board to drive agendaOn 4 May 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.