Linda is the Head of Human Resources for Boots International, part of Alliance Boots, a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group. Their focus is on helping people look and feel their best. Linda heads up the HR, Communications, and Learning & Development functions. Linda started her career in operational management, in pharmaceuticals and food manufacturing, before moving across to HR 12 years ago. She has a held a number of senior HR positions within manufacturing, logistics and supply chain functions most notably within United Biscuits and Molson Coors. Her role within the Boots International business is to determine and lead the people agenda via a Central UK team offering best practice support to the retail operations in the various markets across the globe, including Thailand, the Gulf and the US to name but a few. Linda has a passion for identifying and developing talent within the organisation as well as looking for ways to create a great place to work that people want to be a part of. Linda is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
After a career in Store Operations with a number of High street names I changed paths into HR a few years after I joined Signet Signet Trading is the UK division of Signet Jewelers, the world’s number 1 specialty retail jeweller and trades a significant store estate as H Samuel, Ernest Jones and Leslie Davis. As Head of HR, my passions are building engagement, capability, leadership and performance. I manage a talented HR team who provide recruitment, learning and development, reward, policy, communication and employee relations frameworks and support to Signet managers and colleagues.
Ryan Cheyne is People Director of Pets at Home, the UK's leading pet specialist retailer. In the 8 years Ryan has been with Pets at Home it has become recognised as a retail employer of choice—making the Sunday Times Top places to work lists for the past 4 years and being named as the No 1 Big Company to work for in 2013. In his role as People Director he finds innovative ways to bring Pets at Home’s core values to life, as his team works to build the engagement levels of colleagues across the business. A recent engagement survey with a 98 percent participation rate more than 6000 colleagues produced an engagement index of 93 percent. Prior to Pets at Home, Ryan was an HR Manager with Topshop/Topman and before that he spent 13 years at Argos in a variety of retail and HR roles.
This industry is notable for the contribution of a large number of small companies, but because they are not able to shout as loudly as the bigger companies, they do not always get the credit they deserve.
This new Award aims to change that, by specifically highlighting the contribution of small companies – defined as those with under 50 employees.
Open to manufacturers of products for the domestic market. Judges will look for genuine innovation or a novel application of existing technology to new markets – those launching “me–too” products should not apply. Aesthetic effect (where relevant), efficiency and the demonstration of commercial success are further factors that may be taken into account. The product’s environmental credentials will be scrutinised closely, as well as its overall effectiveness and fitness for purpose. Third party evidence of performance also gains credit.