A warm welcome to the HR Retail Circle – a group of HR professionals sharing experience and knowledge of our industry, which is constantly changing and evolving. We know how this affects the people who work in retail; therefore the HRRC aims to share news and information with our members so that they can all get the best from their career in HR. Formed in 1991, we began as a group of Top Retailers from the West End – including House of Fraser, M&S and John Lewis but have more recently extended membership to retailers across Greater London – including members from the retail hospitality industry. Our aim has always been to share news, ideas and information through our events on a variety of HR subjects, such as best practice, pay and benefits. The HR Retail Circle is growing in size and we now welcome members from all areas of retail in the UK.
Richard joined the international business wear retailer, T.M. Lewin & Sons, as Head of HR in 2007. Prior to this he spent 13 years with ladies wear brand MK One / Mark One, having worked through the ranks from administrator to HR Manager. He has always been an active member of the HR Retail Circle, and he is delighted to have been offered the chance to become Chairman.
Outside the worlds of HR and retail, he enjoys a full and varied social life and is always looking for opportunities to travel at home and abroad.
Lisa is Head of HR, UK & Ireland for Thomas Sabo, a global premium jewellery brand, with standalone stores and concessions around the world. Prior to this, she was Head of HR for Ennovators, a global ecommerce business operating in the Home & Living sector. Her HR experience also includes 11 years with organic food retailer Planet Organic. Lisa was awarded Rising HR Star in Retail 2014 by RetailChoice.com.
Lisa's other interests include property investment and mentoring girls/young women from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Sally is Business Development Director for Purple Cubed, who are practical, outcome focused people, experts working with retail, hospitality and other service businesses to help them refresh, update or kick-start their approach to HR, leading to engaged team members and bottom line benefits.
Karen is the Head of People and Talent at Ann Summers. Representing People and Talent at Board and leading the People strategy, one of five key pillars supporting the growth of the business. Previously, completed a degree in International Business and started a career in Retail, with shop floor management roles at Waterstones before moving into HR. She gets a real buzz from enabling Talent across our business and looking for ways to support and nurture colleagues to achieve their best!
Karen's been a member of the Circle for a number of years and recently joined the HRRC Committee, with the aim of supporting and encouraging new members to join and enabling interesting and topical events.
Vicki is an HR Manager with both a Retail and Operational background. Starting her career with Molton Brown, Vicki then moved into a very varied regional operational HR role focussing on generalist ER, restructures, TUPE, L&D and system projects and then decided to move back into the wonderful world of Retail. Vicki’s main focusses recently have been HR & Payroll system design, build and roll out, International HR, engagement and partnering with Senior Managers within both Retail, Head Office and Operations.
Having provided administrative support to the HR Retail Circle for over 10 years, Suzanne took this experience, as well as over a decade working for global multi-nationals, to start her own virtual Business Administration business.