PeopleOn 10 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Boxingand motorcycling may not be everyone’s idea of relaxation, but Alan Cairnscites these as his chosen methods to relieve everyday stress.Youcould say he’s married to the job because his wife Rachel is a personnelmanager, although he is at pains to point out they never discuss HR at home.Hejoins from chemical specialists GE Betz, where he was HR leader for NorthernEurope and responsible for a major integration process after an acquisition.ExideMotive Power manufactures and sells batteries for use on trucks and miningvehicles and Cairns will have responsibility for providing a complete HRstrategy to the business across Europe.”Myfour initial tasks will be to put in place robust policies which are globallyconsistent while taking account of cultural variation, developing thesuccession plan to deliver quality leadership candidates, positioning Exide asan employer of choice and fostering true two-way communication,” heexplains.Cairnsdesperately wants to establish the credibility of HR as a valuable businesstool and hopes to be part of the mainstream business objectives. However, hestill wants people issues at the top of the agenda and hopes to make thecompany a fun place to work: “I want to be regarded by the business as atrue partner, one who is fully involved in more than just HR issues, but in therunning of the business,” he says. “I want to develop credibilityquickly, and use this to put people issues at the top of the agenda. My aim isto recruit, develop, motivate and most importantly reward and retain talent forExide. At the same time I want work to be a fun place to be,” he adds.Heis most looking forward to the European aspect of the role which allows him towork across a range of different cultures and styles.CV2002European HR director, Exide Motive Power2000 Northern Europe HR leader, GE Betz (formerly Hercules)1998 Operations manager, compact products, JCB1996 HR manager, JCBOnthe moveAnchorSeafoods has appointed Michael Kimber as its new group personnel manager. Hewill have responsibility for 200 staff across two divisions in Norfolk andSussex. Kimber joins the seafood company from Bookpoint, a book distributorwithin WHSmith, where he was HR manager. He has been charged with developing acutting-edge training and development programme within the next three years.LindaThomas has joined property and grounds maintenance company Quadron Services asHR manager. She will oversee the HR function for more than 1,100 staff based atnine locations around the country. Thomas was previously with the Wildfowl andWetlands Trust. She will form part of the management team and is responsiblefor developing HR strategies to help improve the firm’s market position.RayHarrison has joined Abbey National as training and development manager for theoffshore division. He has more than 14 years experience of training andtraining management within the financial services sector. He joins from RoyalLondon, where he was a field training manager. He will be based in Jersey andhopes to engender a self-directed learning culture, where staff have theresources readily available to them.