Hi, I'm Niamh, I'm Head of Talent & Engagement and I joined Camelot earlier this year. My team is made up of Internal Communications and Talent and Development.
What did you do before joining Camelot?
I did a long stint with Virgin Media (18 years!), my first 10 years were in cable TV - (UKTV, Living, Challenge, Bravo and Trouble channels), then I moved over to work in Virgin Media when NTL and Telewest merged, in a number of HR director roles. In my last couple of years I was Talent Director, looking after talent management, leadership development, culture and inclusion and learning & development. Previous to that I worked for Macmillan Publishers and a couple of Hotels also in HR.
What made you want to work in a people focused role?
Like most, I stumbled on the profession. I love that my roles have always involved partnering the business really closely, understanding how the business works, what challenges the business is facing and providing solutions to improve. I especially love seeing people grow and develop through the interventions I have provided. I don’t think people generally view HR as a creative, innovative environment, but it really is, not much we do is “off the shelf”.
What has been your Camelot highlight so far?
Definitely the most recent All Together (Camelot's company-wide business update), my team are responsible for shaping and putting together all the content. It included a segment where we surprised and delighted one of our top volunteers, Adam with a video message from the people he volunteers with. The video was played to him as a thank you and we also recorded his reaction. The film and the whole thing was put together by the team in HR and I felt really proud to have joined this company as I watched it unfold. Adam got a standing ovation, it was an unforgettable moment.
What makes you proud to work for Camelot?
To be working for a company that gives so much back local communities across the U.K.
How do you love to spend your free time?
I am not sure I understand what free time means, as every second is accounted for between work and three kids, age 2, 6 and 9! I do try make time for the gym a few times a week and if I did have free time, I love to read!
Who would you want at your dinner party and why?
I always find this one hard, but it would have to be my Grandad. He was a very quiet man who had been through all sorts in his youth in times when Ireland had troubles and I would love to know more about the stories I now hear about him.
Tell us your best holiday highlight.
Seeing whales up close off the garden route in South Africa.
What makes you happy in life?
All the kids in bed and a cold glass of something in the garden with my husband for company in the summer. In the winter, a good tv series in the slot I can watch telly and stay awake, normally 9pm-10pm!
If you could click your fingers and suddenly have a new talent, what would it be and why?
To be able to sing and play the guitar. Being Irish there is an expectation that you take a turn on a late night out, and have always been envious of those who wow the crowd with a fabulous song!