Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Accounting professor Robert H Ashton has been appointed dean of the FuquaSchool of Business Europe. Ashton will assume his position in Frankfurt on 1July and is replacing Thomas F Keller, who founded the school in October 1999. Currently, Ashton is the Martin L Black Jr Professor of BusinessAdministration and the KPMG research scholar at Fuqua. He received a degreefrom Middle Tennessee State University, his MBA from Florida State Universityand his PhD from the University of Minnesota and is a certified publicaccountant. Education Secretary David Blunkett has appointed Garry Hawkes to the boardof Investors in People as a director. Hawkes holds four other positions:chairman of EdExcel, the awarding body for England, Wales and Northern Ireland;chairman of the National Training Council; director of Accord; andnon-executive chairman of Aramark UK. Andy Daniels has been appointed HR leader at packaging company Omni-Pak’splant in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Daniels said his aim would be to create anemployee-focused company culture there. Although Omni-Pak is owned by the USpackaging giant Pactiv, the company was previously family-owned and Danielshopes to create a culture to reflect this. He said, “I also hope tointroduce a performance management initiative and hope to get an understandingof any issues that arise on the factory floor.” He will be responsible forHR services to 200 staff and will report to the company’s European director. Top JobAlison Crombie is the new HR director at the National Autistic Society. Crombie will refocus the charity’s personnel strategies as it celebrates its40th anniversary. Her brief will be to motivate staff and develop best practice in alloperations and services. Crombie’s experience includes organisational design, change management,communications, compensation and benefits, employee relations, employment lawand policy development. She has worked in a range of organisations, including the Scottish andEnglish Tourist Boards, and has also worked as a consultant. Crombie said, “I look forward to working with the HR team to developbest practice and new ways of working which reflect the diverse needs of allwho contribute to the organisation’s success. “I have been greatly impressed by the commitment and dedication of theemployees and volunteers that I have met and will focus on ensuring that our HRpractice is relevant to their needs. “My aim will be to have the NAS as an employer of choice within thecharitable sector.” Personal ProfileDi Barber is equal opportunities adviser for the Construction IndustryTraining Board (CITB). She has held equal opportunities roles at GreaterNottingham Training and Enterprise Council and East Midlands Arts. What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your career? Patience is the hardest but the most important virtue. If your house was on fire and you could save one object, what would itbe? If everyone was safe I would not bother – unless it was to get a pair ofpants! If you had three wishes to change your company, what would they be? Not just this company but in general – communication, communication,communication. What is the best thing about working in HR? You get to deal with real life all the time. What is the worst? See above. You have stumbled upon a time machine hidden in the vaults of yourcompany building. What time period would you visit and why? London and Nottingham in the 1960s – the Mod scene – I like the music andthe style. If you could adopt the management style of a historical character, whosewould you adopt and why? Can I have every single one of the female characters from the comic Love& Rockets instead? Then I can choose one depending on what thecircumstances require. How do you get to work? I drive from Nottingham to Norfolk and back each week, staying at theNational Construction College. If you were to write a book, which subject would you choose to writeabout? It would have to be a comic about the people of Nottingham. I’ll needsomeone else to do the drawing though. What is your greatest strength? I am very, very persistent. What is your least appealing characteristic? Impatience (see first question) What is the greatest risk you ever took? Giving up my job as a waitress to go back to college and take my A-levels –without knowing about grants, further education or overdrafts. But I did knowhow to work for a living. CV – Di Barker2001 Equal opportunities advisor, Construction Industry Training Board1998-2001 Opportunities executive, Greater Nottingham Training and EnterpriseCouncil (GNTEC)1997-1998 Contracts and purchasing executive, GNTEC1992-1997 Combined arts and training officer, East Midlands Arts1990-1992 Contracts technician, arts and leisure department, Nottingham CityCouncil PeopleOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.