Top job: Louise Smalley, director of HR, David Lloyd LeisureOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article LouiseSmalley has moved to the Whitbread-owned David Lloyd Leisure from within thegroup, where she was previously reward director for the restaurants division. She will be responsible for all HR activityat the company, which operates 55 health clubs in the UK.Whatwill be the duties in your new role?Ensuringwe have a great place to work for our 4,500 team members, and that we are allequipped with the right skills to meet the needs of our members.Whatdo you hope to achieve in your new role?Westrive to help members to get more out of life through David Lloyd Leisuremembership. I hope to achieve the same for our staff.Whichaspects are you most looking forward to?Growingthe fantastic wealth of talent we already have in our clubs and support office,and making good use of the extensive facilities at our clubs.What’sthe best thing about HR?Coachingpeople to achieve their full potential, and witnessing the results.Andthe worst?Thatthere aren’t enough hours in the day.Whatis the strangest situation you have been in at work?Itwas since joining David Lloyd Leisure. I took part in a charity triathlon eventwith the rest of the board, which started with swimming in the Serpentine at7am. It was a great bonding event, and very motivational, but rather surrealand definitely a little murky at times.Howdo you think the role of HR will change over the next five years?Wewill all need to become world-class change agents with a clear focus on how wecan contribute to the goals of the business.Whois the ultimate guru?I’ma huge fan of Dave Ulrich.Whatis your essential viewing?I’mmad about sport, and, I’m ashamed to admit, Gardeners’ World has to be up theretoo.Whatis the greatest risk you have ever taken?White-waterrafting down the Zambezi river.Whatadvice would you give to people starting out in HR?Setyour priorities where you can really add value to the business.Ifyou could do any job in the world, what would it be?Ifnot mine, then I’d love to be a member of the UK Olympic bid in London team.Smalley’sCV2003Director of HR, David Lloyd Leisure2003Reward director, Whitbread Restaurants2002HR director, Beefeater Restaurants1999HR development manager, The Pelican group1996HR operations manager, Pizza Hut UK Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.