IN FIVE WORDS: Methodical freckly likes chunky shoes

Rachel Lucas

HR Consultant

My degree is in English and Drama and I have a Postgraduate degree in HR.  During the early part of my working life I managed to combine my love of both with a fantastic position in HR and Training with the National Theatre in London.  There were over 1,000 staff there and I soon became familiar with everyone from wig makers to sound engineers and better still, the stars who used to wander into the canteen in their dressing gowns!  Every office had a microphone in the corner and when you weren’t interviewing or in meetings you could switch it on and listen to what was happening on stage.  Bliss.

From there I moved to BBC magazines, the commercial side of the BBC, another interesting environment as at the time the BBC ran titles from Good Food to Top Gear and Teletubbies to Live & Kicking.  Apart from managing large recruitment and restructuring programmes I developed projects around improving the grade evaluation system and headed up the team outsourcing multiple payrolls.

Over the course of the next 10 years I set up a call centre for one of the largest UK student travel companies and spent over seven years with a fast growing PR company, setting up their HR function, writing policies and processes and later managing two mergers, which involved harmonising health care, pensions, terms and conditions etc. integrating teams across several locations and introducing a cutting edge training strategy.

Somewhere in that time I had also met and married my husband, whose love of the sea combined with my long-time intention to return to Jersey, brought us here. 

Six years ago I met Becky and was given an opportunity to join her team.   I get the variety I have always enjoyed and opportunities to use my wider commercial knowledge when helping people to understand things like the complexities of employment law and equal opportunities or getting involved in Government consultations around policy changes.  The team is excellent.  We all have very broad industry experience and everyone gets to play to their strengths.

In my spare time I am a marshal (or a bollard as my sons like to call me!) for the triathlons they compete in and I love cooking and singing, occasionally at the same time.