PeopleOn 20 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Priscilla Vacassin, group HR director, BAATaking responsibility for the wellbeing of over 13,500 staff at 11 UKairports might sound like a daunting task – especially in the current climate –but for Priscilla Vacassin it’s a dream job. Vacassin has been confirmed as the new group HR director at BAA, moving upfrom corporate HR director. “Essentially, I have functional responsibilityfor all the HR at our airports and co-ordinate the activity of the individualdepartments,” she says. Her new role will allow her to co-ordinate some of the policies sheintroduced at a more strategic level – she has been at the company since 1998.”I joined originally in a different role and introduced a new model forHR that hadn’t been tried here before. I’m really looking forward to helpingmake that work. I aim to see a practical improvement in the line management asa direct result of HR policies that we’ve introduced.” Vacassin believes that good HR can improve the bottom line of a company andshe enjoys seeing the positive results. “HR is probably one of the few areas where you get to see the peopleperformance change as a direct result of your strategy,” she says. “If you work in a good quality HR department, you’re helping createconditions for business success.” She has two sons in their 20s who have both left home to travel and study,and the extra spare time has given her the opportunity to pursue her hobbies. “I’ve got more spare time than I’m used to, so I can indulge in moretravelling and cooking. I also like going to France to visit relatives,”Vacassin says. CV2001 Group HR director, BAA1998 Director of organisation and management development, BAA1996 HR director, Superdrug1995 Head of organisational development, WoolworthsOn the moveOne2One retail has appointed PipThomas as its new training manager following a temporary placement at the firmin June. One of her key responsibilities will be to co-ordinate the ongoingstore level development programme. The scheme aims to give staff a high levelof technical knowledge and the firm will be encouraging them to take NVQs incustomer service and administration. She has over 18 years of retail experiencewith both the John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose.Graham Dougall has been promoted togroup HR director of Novar. He was formally resourcing and development directorat the firm, and in moving up he will be responsible for ensuring that HRstrategy supports the group’s business objectives. Novar’s core activities areintelligent building systems, aluminium solutions and security printingservices. Bill Buchan also joins the company as resourcing and developmentmanager, moving from Airbus where he was head of HR, engineering.The Employers’ Organisation for localgovernment has named Steven Sumner as its health and safety adviser. He joinsfrom Bolton Metro, where he was group manager for food and health and safety.He will represent the EOLG on the HSE health and safety forum and will play acrucial role in delivering new government targets by 2010. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.