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Is This Room Free?

Martin Drake

Welcome to Is This Room Free? In this podcast I will be talking to HR professionals and listening to the stories of their careers. I will be finding out about the journeys they have taken and what they learnt along the way. The purpose is to help others in the profession identify and understand the various paths available and take inspiration from my guest speakers. Whether you are someone who is looking to get that first step on the HR career ladder or an aspiring HR Director, I hope you get value from these conversations.

Recent Episodes

Wensdae Lucas - how your HR career can take you around the worldMay 13, 2021 Episode artwork Susan Harrison - HR Director (becoming HR Director within 10 years but then operating at that level for 20 years)May 03, 2021 Episode artwork Maxine Blake - Senior HRBP / Head of HR (the importance of having a strong commercial understanding to be truly effective as a HR professional)April 27, 2021 Episode artwork Maria Hawley - HR Director (the benefits of investing in and looking after employees)April 19, 2021 Episode artwork Sophie Metcalf - Head of HR (how to change the way HR is perceived in your organisation)March 23, 2021 Episode artwork Kirsty Robinson - People Operations Manager (Having a HR degree then hitting a brick wall to pressing the fast forward button and securing 3 promotions in 3 years)March 12, 2021 Episode artwork Deborah Mowbray - Senior HRBP (what it's like to work for some of the world's most iconic brands and what the Gold Standard of HR looks like)March 10, 2021 Episode artwork Emily Bretnall - HR Advisor (feeling a little lost in life, finding HR and your mojo, becoming a National Apprentice of the Year at 26, and how to accelerate your career)March 02, 2021 Episode artwork Oliver Hill - HR Business Partner (how to become a Business Partner and then be good at it)February 19, 2021 Episode artwork Alison Rothwell - Standalone HR Manager (going from Forensics to HR, working standalone, and building relationships in a company with no previous HR function... twice!)February 16, 2021 Episode artwork Jenny Heyes - Head of People Projects (leading the outsourced HR function for a legal firm and being the HR function for multiple companies)February 08, 2021 Episode artwork Lauren Bentley - Getting that first HR job after graduating and using LinkedIn to do itJanuary 29, 2021 Episode artwork Ben Rainforth-Gott - HR Director (being a disruptor but delivering results, and spending 6 years in New Zealand)January 26, 2021 Episode artwork Kat Reid - turning the negative of redundancy to a positive by starting a wellbeing consultancyJanuary 18, 2021 Episode artwork Katy Connon - HR Graduate to HR Business Partner before the age of 30January 12, 2021 Episode artwork Katy Walton - over 25 years in L&D, having 3 career breaks, and making career choices based on your valuesDecember 03, 2020 Episode artwork Jo Menon - working in Global HR Project Delivery roles, being a mum, and how to manage your day betterNovember 20, 2020 Episode artwork Victoria Bond - HR Admin to HR Director, owning a HR Consultancy, and having babies along the wayNovember 19, 2020 Episode artwork Jade Greenwood - from Administrator to HR Advisor, being a working Mum, and the sacrifices made along the wayNovember 17, 2020 Episode artwork Annabel Bass - going from recruitment to HRNovember 03, 2020 Episode artwork Geoff Cawley - International Head of HR / HR Director (how to get into the top percentile of HR professionals in the UK)October 22, 2020 Episode artwork Sarah Powell - transitioning from a retail Store Manager to HR October 20, 2020 Episode artwork Sarah Marrow - HR Consultancy Owner (an unorthodox route into HR, working for some major household names, and going it alone)October 13, 2020 Episode artwork Dominique Appleton - HR Assistant (taking yourself outside of your comfort zone in order to secure that first HR job)October 06, 2020 Episode artwork Steven Taylor - finding your dream role in a niche aspect of HR as a Employee Experience AdvisorSeptember 29, 2020 Episode artwork