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Home / News & Opportunities / Blog / June 2015 (1) / DAWN HARDMAN: A MONTH IN HR

Date: 19/06/2015

Welcome to my second blog

I am sure that everyone is still trying to come to terms with the terribly sad news we received  last week about our colleague and friend and our thoughts are with Jack’s family at this time.

Jack will be greatly missed by us all.

It has been a busy time.  On a personal note I helped with the Severn Sounds Festival – a 3 day music festival which raised money for New Hope and Acorns charities.   Some of you may have managed to catch some of the bands, who were all great.   I am pleased to say it was a huge success – great fun and we’re looking forward to next year which will be even better!  I managed to fit in a short visit to Plymouth and surprisingly managed to fit all my daughters clothes and belongings into my extremely small car and make the journey pack without any mishap.

It has been a busy time for me and HR at the Chamber too.  I have just finished delivering another 4-day IOSH course – 9 delegates!  I am pleased to say that all seemed to quite enjoy the 4 days – quite unusual isn’t it for health and safety! 

I was recently heavily involved in the Worcestershire Works Well bi-annual event which is offered to our signed-up businesses to learn and network.  Our theme this time was carers in the workplace.  We had a full agenda and a number of guest speakers and St Andrews House Hotel was a great venue.  We were also able to acknowledge our recently accredited businesses by presenting certificates at the event.  We’re looking forward to welcoming more Worcestershire business to the scheme over the forthcoming months.

One of my next priorities is our Investors in People accreditation which is coming up in a couple of months and preparations are now underway.  We were pleased to have achieved silver status at our last accreditation in 2012 so have set ourselves a fairly high standard this time around.   Still can’t quite believe it’s been 3 years since our last assessment – where does the time go?

This, along with recruitment, internal and external training workshops and my client work makes for a varied and interesting few months, but I would get very bored otherwise!

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Dawn Hardman

Director of HR

Dawn began her career working for IBM in a resource deployment role before moving to Business Link as a HR Advisor.  Appointed Head of Human Resources for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce in 2007, Dawns role encompasses the complete HR spectrum from looking after the Chamber staff, to delivering IOSH training and sitting on the steering committee of Worcestershire Works Well.

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