You might have come across
the #mypathtoHR series
that has been trending on Twitter recently. We’ve loved seeing the different
journeys that the inspiring HR community have taken to reach their current
roles and we thought it would be great to hear some of the paths our own HR
team have taken to get to where they are now. We have already published some of the stories from the NGA team and now here
are some more inspiring HR stories!

Daniel Kasmir, Chief HR Officer

I originally
got into HR because I firmly believe people are the biggest resource in any organisation.
Businesses that are open to creating great cultures that let their people do
amazing things are inspiring.

My career in
HR started when I was lucky to be hired by Shell on to their Graduate HR
programme. I stayed at Shell for 7 years, by which time I was working as an HR
Manager. Since then I’ve worked in a variety of different businesses in
different HR roles to get to where I am now. I love working with a variety of
different people, the mix of what goes on and dealing with the unexpected.

I’d say two
things have stood out on my path to HR:

First, you
can’t underestimate the value of plain hard work. A lot of it comes down to
just that – rolling up the sleeves and getting on with the job at hand.  

Secondly, look
for the opportunities. I’ve had some great bosses who took a chance on me and I
leapt at the opportunities they presented.


Lisa Baggaley, HR Lead

I fell into
a HR role – it wasn’t a planned career choice.  I had been teaching music
to children in Germany and came back to the UK looking for a career change. I
applied for a role at the Benefits Agency (now the Department of Work and
Pensions) and was placed as an administrator in the HR department as an HR
Assistant. I was quickly promoted to HR Advisor and then into an HR Manager

Once I
started to work with the HR team I decided to stay and make a career, so I
enrolled onto the CIPD course and went from there.  I volunteered for
different projects to gain a variety of experience. I ran the project
looking at RSI (a hot topic in the 90's) and I introduced a new performance
management process across the public sector.

I love the
challenges the business presents, and the variety of work HR can get involved
with. The people I work with really make the job fun. Not taking yourself
too seriously always helps too.


Marva Christian, HR Business Partner

My first job
after leaving college was working in the Accounts team for a local
company.  I knew that I wanted to work with people and the Personnel
department (as it was known back then) seemed warm and friendly, and interested
in the welfare of employees.  I applied for a role as HR Assistant
with another company. I wasn’t successful, but they hired me for a role within
their Accounts team due to my previous experience.  After a year
there, the HR Assistant they hired had resigned, and the HR Manager came to
find me to ask if I was still interested.  I nearly bit her hand off.

Whilst the
function name and work has evolved over the years to Human Resources, my
interest in this field has never changed.  I love the famous line in
the Forest Gump movie, “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know
which one you're gonna get”. HR life is also like a box of chocolates;
every day is different, you never know what is going to crop up next. That’s
what I love about working in HR.