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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

Michelle Smalley - HR Advisor (the benefit of doing an apprenticeship in an SME and how to become a really good HR Advisor)October 19, 2021 Episode artwork Amy Doram - Part Two (ripping up the rule book and creating policies that attract and retain talent)October 12, 2021 Episode artwork Amy Doram - Head of People (how to move from L&D to a Leadership HR role)October 06, 2021 Episode artwork Neve Trinder - from HR Intern to People Coordinator (and the lessons learned in your first HR role)September 23, 2021 Episode artwork Tracey Murphy - HR Director and HR Consultant (bringing awareness of emotional health and trauma to the workplace)September 14, 2021 Episode artwork Cara Reston - Working in a HR Graduate Scheme (and how to give yourself that winning edge whilst studying)July 06, 2021 Episode artwork Lily Chick - HR Administrator (getting that first HR role after graduating with a Masters)June 22, 2021 Episode artwork Lisa Tomlinson - Creating an award-winning HR function and the importance of being true to your valuesJune 15, 2021 Episode artwork Eleanor Minshall - setting up a HR Consultancy to support and coach HR professionalsJune 08, 2021 Episode artwork Nathalie Somerset - how to use HR data to drive better results in your role as a HR GeneralistMay 28, 2021 Episode artwork Richard Bell - Head of Talent Development (discussing everything about L&D / OD / Talent)May 26, 2021 Episode artwork Molly Rooney - from entering HR to HR Business Partner in only 3 years!May 17, 2021 Episode artwork 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