Aug 2023 – Professional Development: Making the Step Up

What does it take to be an HR Director, or to take a position at Board level? This webinar looked at professional development for HR leaders.

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What does it take to be an HR Director, or to take a position at Board level?

The HR World’s webinar this month took a long hard look at professional development for HR leaders. In a profession where most of your time is spent looking after the interests of other people, the message came across clear that HR must not only value and promote the good that it does, but they must also look after themselves as they ascend to the career heights they want to achieve.

Bringing together Hannah Waddington, Managing Director of Maru Search & Consultancy, Lisa Haggar, global people director and Linkedin’s Queen of HR and Sam Eaton, Founder, MindAbility Consultancy Ltd the panellists shared ideas, experience and opinions on how to invest in your career and ensure the skills you have are fully appreciated by employers. The webinar was sponsored by Maru Search & Consultancy.

Alongside advice, such as securing as much experience as possible and how story-telling can help HR professionals detail their impact on businesses, the panellists also called for HR to help each other in their work rather than trying to be too competitive. There was a great insight during the webinar into the status of HR within organisations. The panel also concluded that HR professionals should be certain to look after themselves in what can be a tough and emotionally draining role. By being true to yourself and following your ideas and instincts you can create the career you want in the best way possible.



About Maru Search & Consultancy

A full-service, UK-wide search consultancy aimed at supporting leaders grow business through holistic talent attraction and recruitment strategies. Our aim is not just to find you the right talent, but to ensure that the people you bring into your business are successful, happy and stick around.


Hannah Waddington

Hannah Waddington: Managing Director - Maru

Hannah Waddington is the Managing Director of Maru Search & Consultancy, which she founded in November 2020 with the aim of creating a more holistic approach to recruitment.

Specialising in HR and Transformation recruitment, Hannah works with a wide range of clients from international banks to local councils. She is passionate about supporting each client and candidate as individuals, creating a personalised service which does not end once the candidate has started the role.

Maru means ‘Circle’ in Japanese, as Hannah believes the recruitment process should be cyclical and consultative, rather than transactional.

Lisa Haggar

Lisa Haggar: Linkedin's Queen of HR

Lisa is a strategic and innovative HR executive who translates business vision into HR initiatives that improve performance, profitability, growth and employee engagement.

She is a highly motivated and energetic leader who creates an exceptional culture, which drives high performance.

Lisa is a genuine influencer who thrives on tough challenges and translates strategies into actionable value-added goals to deliver outstanding results.

Sam Eaton

Sam Eaton: Founder - MindAbility Consultancy Ltd

Sam is a global Business Coach for the HR and people related profession – helping business owners and consultants to scale their businesses on their terms. She fundamentally believes that this community are at the forefront of the work evolution.

Her mission is to help them build successful businesses to have a positive impact of the workspaces of tomorrow. She’s all about helping YOU find your joy whilst building relevant entrepreneurial skills!

She’s an Amazon best-selling author of The Trouble With Pink Wheelbarrows, podcast host of Future Speak and keynote speaker on the future of work.’ Since launching her Mastermind earlier in 2023, Sam and her team have earned HRCI accredited for her 10-week program and will be launching a more advanced programme in the Fall of 2023.


Simon Kent: Head of Content - The HR World

Simon Kent: Head of Content - The HR World

Simon Kent has been a freelance journalist in the field of HR and the workplace for over 20 years.

He cut his teeth travelling the country asking people what they did for a living for The Guardian and developing an interest in how work and employees are managed.

He has written extensively for the national press, business and professional publications dedicated to general and specific HR functions, taking in HR tech, pay and benefits, legal, training, recruitment and more.

He has edited HR and public sector magazines, digging out the best stories and liaising with senior level personnel and high-profile public sector leaders to bring great content to readers.

He has written books, blogs, white papers, features, profile, case studies and more. He has chaired round tables and brought high quality coverage online to a diverse platforms as electronic media has evolved.

He continues to be motivated to find the stories and subjects that matter most to readers and ensure they deliver value every time.

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