International HR Day has taken on an added significance for Mintra this year. Not only is Mintra today recognising the contribution of the people professionals it works with on a daily basis, colleagues are also celebrating the fantastic achievement of group HR director, Angela Stewart.
Angela’s dedication to both her role and wider profession has resulted in her achieving Chartered Fellow status from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – a clear sign of her proven strategic abilities, people expertise and business impact.
In order to become Chartered FCIPD Angela had to undertake assessment interviews, present a portfolio of work and submit employer feedback. Reaching the pinnacle of her professional development is the final stage of a journey that started in 2010 when she completed a post-graduate diploma in HR management.
At that time, she was awarded chartered membership status of CIPD and knew that she wanted to continue to grow with the professional body.
“There are various levels of membership that you can work through as your career progresses and I had been thinking about upgrading to Chartered Fellow for some time. It demonstrates that you are working at a high level and understand the evolving workplace, but I’d always found a reason to put it off,” said Angela.
“I brought two HR advisors into my team after I joined Mintra, so much of my time was focused on them and helping them get the experience, training and qualifications they needed.
“The time seemed to be right and it was really through Jennifer’s encouragement that I began to feel differently about it.”
Angela has overall responsibility for Mintra’s global HR function, with teams as far apart as Norway and India. Before she joined the company, all HR activities were outsourced so she has been tasked with growing the department and ensuring that all appropriate processes and policies for managing people are in place.
She added: “In some ways starting from scratch was a little bit daunting, but it has allowed us to create an HR function that best suits the needs of our business and our people. There is a perception that HR is all about hiring and firing, but there are a lot of different strands, for example recruitment, learning and development, competency and staff engagement.
“We no longer have what would be considered functional HR and instead have a department that is centred on people. The HR department is a real partner of the business.”
Chief finance officer Ian Mackie, whose remit includes business support, said everyone at Mintra was proud of Angela’s success. He added: “This is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of her hard work and dedication to the role.
“Together with Angela, the senior management team at Mintra is committed to further strengthening the role of HR within the business. One of our core values is that people are our businesses, so it is incredibly important that we live that value.
“The timing of Angela’s achievement of becoming Chartered FCIDP leading up to International HR Day – a time when we recognise the value of all HR professionals – could not have been more appropriate.”
In addition to Angela’s success, Aberdeen-based HR advisor Julia Gibson has also been celebrating achievements with the CIPD. She recently passed the CIPD Level 3 Qualification in Human Resource Management, resulting in associate CIPD accreditation.
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