Highly motivated, commercial, strategic People Director (with international Main Board Director & latterly CEO, experience), dedicated to supporting & transforming businesses, with a passion for understanding & increasing individual self awareness to optimize development, self learning & mental wellbeing.
Seasoned HR professional & latterly People Director with a positive, pragmatic, inspiring, personal approach.
25 years experience in Professional Services (mainly legal), Banking & Recruitment sectors working in a cross section of global corporates & SME businesses (Cushman & Wakefield, CSFB, Manches, Petroplan)
Last 7 years International People Director, Main Board Director & latterly CEO of £80m global energy recruitment business. Responsible for all people (employees) and contractor employees world wide so developed v strong compliance & labour law knowledge in USA, Canada, Africa (South Africa & Mozambique), Middle East (Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Asia (Azerbaijan, Singapore) & Europe. Travelled extensively in all countries and had strong client relationships with – BP, Sasol, Suncor, Technip (as well as others) as well as strong banking relations with HSBC (much of which I miss!). Created and delivered the People agenda across business and to a certain extent to clients (via contractor offering)
Positive, pragmatic, inspiring, extremely capable, solutions focused, direct & empathetic. Innovative in getting the results and able to utilise others and opportunities to their best advantage. Not afraid of taking chances, making decisions and assuming responsibility for getting things done.
Outstanding people skills including the ability to influence motivate, inspire, have fun and also direct(if necessary) at all levels; Well practised at assessing businesses, and then delivering effective people solutions and strategies to improve business performance.
What Others Say About Philippa
- “Philippa is one of the most effective people I have worked with. She just rolls her sleeves up and gets on with the job. Always ready to go the extra mile she has a great empathy with people, which helps enormously when dealing with difficult problems and situations. Quick to learn, Philippa always provides options and solutions to problems encountered. She is rigorous in her application of standards and speaks her mind even when the news is difficult. She is great fun to work with too - which is a big help in trying times”, CEO, Petroplan
- “Philippa Barnes is the consummate professional and SME in all areas of Human Capital/Human Resources. Well connected, resourceful, and results oriented, Philippa Barnes is the “Go To” for innovative solutions in the Human Capital arena.” Jeff Fox, Staffing Industry, USA