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Rob Cook is an experienced, highly commercial HR Director with over 25 years’ experience gained in large corporate sectors including H J Heinz, Barclays and AstraZeneca, working in both strategic and operational roles. Pragmatic, jargon free, Rob operates best when working with business leaders and teams tackling all sorts of people-related issues to build for commercial success.
Rob has operated across various sectors, including FMCG, financial services, pharmaceuticals, and consulting. Rob loves diverse business challenges – from building strong cross-functional global brand teams to closing a small luxury retail business in London.
Whilst Rob has been a generalist HR professional for most of his career, he has also been immersed with designing reward solutions, facilitating behavioural change workshops, sponsoring global learning programs, leading an HR system implementation programme across EMEA, managing complex trade union environments and devising a set of initiatives to create a highly engaged organization. Underpinning all these activities Rob has a genuine passion and dedication for delivering solutions which promote the right environment for success.
Wherever Rob lands, he has had the knack of building trusting relationships at pace, the capacity to get to the heart of the business issues effectively and then contracting with business leaders on what needs to be done.
Rob is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. He lives in St. Albans where, in his spare time, he enjoys jogging, cycling, but gets most satisfaction from playing guitar with his band.