Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. PeopleOn 11 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Duncan Brown, a former partner at management consultancy Towers Perrin andauthor on reward issues, has joined the CIPD as assistant director general. Brown, who started his career as a personnel officer at Vauxhall Motors, haslong-standing ties with the CIPD as chairman of its reward forum. He will lead the institute’s research and policy unit as well as raising itsgeneral profile. “I’ll be part of the CIPD’s management team responsiblefor our professional knowledge and information activities, covering academicresearch and other knowledge development,” he says. Brown, who holds an MA from Cambridge, relishes being more central in theorganisation and helping to push the HR agenda to the forefront: “I enjoythe broad nature and variety of the role, the potential to really make adifference in HR and the opportunity to cycle to work more often,” hesays. He aims to provide CIPD members with knowledge and information to help makea demonstrable impact on people management within organisations: “We needto demonstrate to the wider public the critical nature of people management toindividual, corporate and national wellbeing and success, and thereby also toinfluence the public policy agenda.” Brown also plans to exploit the CIPD’s ‘huge potential’ and loves working inthe HR sphere. He says: “It’s complex and difficult, with no easy,universal solutions, but every day you get the chance in some way to makepeople’s experiences at work more enjoyable and fulfilling.” CV 2002 Assistant director general, CIPD 1985 Various positions with Towers Perrin 1984 Full-time MBA London Business School 1981 Personnel officer, Vauxhall Motors On the moveToby Thompson has joined Praxis – The Centre for Personal Effectiveness – asmanager of business development. Praxis, part of Cranfield School ofManagement, delivers managerial and executive open programmes, as well asdeveloping bespoke in-company management training. Previously, Thompson was amember of the corporate university global strategy team of US IT services firmEDS. Prior to that he was a Zen Buddhist monk. Preston Road New Deal for Communities has recruited Paul Bennett as itsfirst HR manager. Based in Hull, Bennett, who was previously a freelanceconsultant, is responsible for the company’s 150 employees. The group wasformed two years ago after the East Hull estate was awarded £55m in governmentaid over 10 years. The Profectus Group has appointed Jane Bell as director of training. Shejoins from the British Institute of Facilities Management. She is a regularlecturer at the College of Estate Management, and joint co-ordinator of theFacilities Management module on the MSc Intelligent Buildings course at ReadingUniversity. She is responsible for developing the company’s training programme,open to property and support services managers from both the public and privatesector, as well as existing Profectus employees. Related posts:No related photos.