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Spotlight on Helena White

After 25 years working in HR here and abroad, Helena White wanted to settle back in the UK. Attracted by the values of The HR Dept, she becomes one of our newest licensees – for the territory of Torbay and Ivybridge. Here is Helena’s story…

Tell us a bit about your career

Apart from two years as a graduate trainee with Lloyds Bank, my whole career has been in HR. I started off covering a maternity leave in HR with Lloyds Bank and loved it. It was the unpredictability that I liked. You never knew what each day would bring.

I went on to work in HR for investment banks and a big four accountancy firm in London, before heading overseas to work in Dubai for an airline. Most recently I headed-up HR for a British law firm in the Middle East. Now, 25 years later it’s still the variety and the unpredictability that I like most.

What has been your biggest challenge since working in HR?

I’ve managed thousands of redundancies and dismissals over the years and it’s never easy. However, the biggest challenge was working for a local company in Dubai and trying to introduce and maintain HR best practice in an environment with very light employment law.

Why The HR Dept?

Well, after 25 years working for some fantastic companies I was keen to move back home with my family, so that our three girls could grow up in Devon.
I started exploring HR consultancy and quickly found that The HR Dept fitted with my values. I loved the set-up and the more people I met and spoke to, the more convinced I became that it was for me! I have just been to the 2018 conference, and it was a fantastic validation of the decision to become a licensee.