Looking back at your time with the company, what are you most proud of?
I am most proud of Everton being the first football club to enter The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018. It was a wonderful validation of the hard work we have done to bring our people strategy into focus. Known as The People’s Club, we have always had a good reputation as a workplace. My task, with the support of my wonderful team, has been to develop a people strategy that consolidates and builds on that reputation in new and innovative ways. Internally, we have also changed how HR is perceived – from being seen as an administrative or policing function to being viewed as people-centred and supportive, in keeping with our family ethos.
What is the most exciting project you’re working on over the next 12 months?
Our new wellbeing strategy. It has four different areas – physical, emotional, financial and social. As all of these are linked, we will be launching a range of joined up initiatives that we hope will support our people no matter what stage they are at in their life or career. It ranges from advice on pensions and managing everyday finances, to how people manage their mental health and raising awareness of the menopause and its impacts on the workplace, to ensuring our policies are promoting good work-life balance.
What do you hope to achieve at Everton in the future?
I want Everton to be seen as an employer of choice – not just within the football industry, but within the Liverpool City Region and the UK as a whole. Last year we launched our equality and diversity campaign ‘All Together Now’ – a football family for everyone – bringing together our staff, players, fans and anyone who comes into contact with the Club, in an inclusive environment. I want to see our campaign go from strength to strength. All businesses need skills and insights from a wide range of backgrounds to ensure that we are always innovative, inclusive and receptive to new ideas, and that we live up to our motto Nil Satis Nisi Optimum – only the best is good enough.
What is your guiding philosophy for HR?
At Everton, we have four key interconnected values – Authenticity, Determination, Ambition and Family – and these are at the core of everything we do, especially from an HR perspective. Ambition is a value that really speaks to me, and I am always striving for better for our people and ambition inevitably goes hand in hand with change.