PeopleOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Nigel Benjamin on housing charity ECHGFamily man Nigel Benjamin has been appointed as director of HR andorganisational development for English Churches Housing Group, an associationthat provides general needs housing and supported and sheltered accommodationfor more than 26,000 people across England. Benjamin will head the HR team. “My role as a member of the executiveteam is to lead on everything related to HR, health and safety, and theenvironment and also look at organisational development,” he says. ECHG staff work with a range of clients from the homeless to ex-offenders,and Benjamin is keen to ensure they are all suitably trained. He will alsocarry out a review of reward and remuneration. Finding creative solutions to issues and supporting managers in developingstrategy are among the aspects Benjamin likes about HR, but he says it isessential to see the wider view. Married to Heather, Benjamin enjoys spending time with his two young sons,Chris, aged 10, and eight-year-old Mark. CVJune 2001 English Churches Housing Group, director of HR and ODJune 2000 Multiple Sclerosis Society, head of personnelMay 1997 Amersham and Wycombe College, head of personnelMay 1996 HR consultant1978 British Gas, variety of HR rolesOn the move Iain Smith, formerly of Hay Management Consultants, has set up consultancyDiaz Research. He headed Hay’s IT and telecoms practice areas as well asleading its IT HR research. Diaz offers best practice research briefings andhandbooks as well as consulting. Debbie Gazzard has joined recruitment solutions provider The Blomfield Groupas associate director of HR. She will be responsible for internal HR strategiesincluding the recruitment of consultants and compensation and benefits. Shepreviously ran the on-site recruitment outsourcing contract at Goldman Sachsfor resource solutions. Prior to that, she worked for Martin Ward Anderson andThe Hays Group. Imelda Walsh has become HR director at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets. She joinsfrom Barclays Bank, where she was HR director for retail financial services.She has also had spells at Coca-Cola Schweppes and Grand Metropolitan. She willbe responsible for all aspects of HR. Walsh will be supported by Jackie Watson,who joins as talent director. Watson, who has held similar positions atVodafone, American Express and British Airways, will be responsible forresourcing, career planning and developing senior managers and colleagues.