Family. Crazy Cat Lady. Epic Travels. Food Nerd. Gin Queen. Fabulous Fizz. Founder of People Stuff Matters.
My Work. I didn’t choose the wonderful Industry of Hospitality that I have found myself in since the age of 15. I spent teenage years in Foster Care and left school with nothing so I got a job in a pub.
I loved it.
When I did turn of legal age, I headed to the High St in town to work in the “Big Bars”. WOW! I was blown away by the fun we had and I was being paid for this! This is crazy, right; who gets paid to have fun? It was a year before a manager tapped me on the shoulder and told me I was going on a course. How exciting….so many questions I had; what was the course? why was I picked to go on it? was I not any good at my job that I needed training? Turns out it was a Team Leader Development workshop and when I returned I was made Supervisor. How proud I was. I had my little star to prove that I was good at my job. I still have that star. It reminds me that someone took a chance on me when many thought differently.
The years moved on and I developed quickly. On-job projects, off-job workshops, reliefs; training became a way of life. My first Manager role still had me doubting myself but here I was running one of the busiest pubs in the area. The Head of HR approached me the following year and asked if I would like to go on secondment to the Training Team in Head Office and roll out the latest brand across the country. I’d have snapped their hand off for that chance. The life of a pre-opening trainer began.
Life in a people focussed role was for me. I missed Ops but I’d found my calling. The training and development continued, I moved Company and the progression ramped up; Training Manager, Head of L&D, Group HR Manager, Brand HR and Interim People Director. And still not one qualification to my name.
One day someone mentioned the CIPD – “the who?” was my response. Rather than go back “to school”, I undertook an Experience Assessment to map over my knowledge to the Professional Standard. OMG, I actually did know what I was talking about (there was me thinking I’d winged it all these years) and CIPD status was approved. I did, however, go to Uni in 2011 to undertake a professional qualification in HR Management, just so I had that piece of paper, too. It hasn’t changed anything though.
Based on all of my knowledge and experience, I created People Stuff Matters to help individuals and organisations realise their potential across many sectors. I consult, question, support and do some of the doing. I make stuff happen. With love.
To do all of the people stuff well, matters.