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Carole Gibbs is passionate about helping businesses to thrive by fostering engagement, developing talent, and building positive, performance focused cultures.
Carole ensures that HR is aligned to the goals of the business and is an integral part of the business plan. Carole has a pragmatic and commercial approach, she likes to get to know the business and its people really well and will influence leaders by demonstrating added value to the bottom-line.
Carole has a track record of delivering transformational change, including significant divestiture and merger projects, most recently as HR Director leading the UK & Ireland merger of Douwe Egberts Master Blenders 1753 with the coffee business of Mondelez to form a new company Jacobs Douwe Egberts. In starting up a new company Carole has had recent experience in shaping a new culture, developing HR policies, and defining reward and benefits. Carole built a new HR team to support the JDE business.
With more than 20 years HR experience in both global organisations and small business entities, across FMCG Retail, Food Service and Hospitality, Carole has worked closely with functional leaders supporting them through challenging people situations. Examples include implementing a 3rd party sales and distributor network for Douwe Egberts, Food Service resulting in improved profitability. Building a sales competency framework and running sales development centres resulting in accelerated sales growth. Managing an office re-location whilst maintaining customer service standards and sales growth.
Carole values simplicity, accountability and entrepreneurship. She likes to be part of a team building trusted, collaborative relationships. Carole has a CIPD post graduate diploma.
Carole enjoys spending time with her active family. You may find her out on her road bike, on a quick run, or in the lake for a swim! Recent holidays have included bike trips to Italy and Spain. Carole enjoys feeding up on great food and cake.