First female President of the HR Society

The Human Resources (HR) Society has announced the appointment of its first female President, Angela O’ Connor.  Angela is an experienced HR professional having worked for more than 30 years in the industry across both the private and public sectors. 

"I'm very honoured and excited by this new appointment," says Angela. 
"The HR Society has been influential over the past four decades in promoting the role of HR as a profession, something I am personally very passionate about.  I am therefore very proud to be asked to take on such an important role and will continue the great work of the HR Society, building on the excellent learning programmes the Society has developed over the past years.  We all know there are more tough times ahead and our focus over the next 18 months at the HR Society will be to provide more strategic advice and support to members and improve their workforce productivity.” 
Founded in the 1970s, the HR Society is aimed specifically at professionals at the business edge of HR. It provides a unique forum for these senior HR professionals and aims to encourage debates, knowledge exchange and research amongst its members. The Society hosts a number of events** every year with skilled and influential experts discussing and debating topical issues that affect HR in the UK.  With membership covering many key companies across the UK, the HR Society is influential in ensuring that HR is at the core of topical business debates.  
Outgoing President, Professor Andrew Mayo, who held the position since 2006 said: “Over the past few years the HR Society team has gone from strength to strength creating a clear strategy for the Society, an attractive membership proposition and running many successful events. 
“I think that the HR Society has a exciting future under the leadership of Angela O’Connor and my wish is that it will continue to establish itself as the voice and network for business-minded HR people,” he concluded. 
Angela O” Connor said, "I'm following in the footsteps of some very distinguished people who have held the position of President in the past. I believe the role of the HR Society is now even more important. As the economic crisis deepens and advances it is imperative that businesses and organisations are prepared to make the very best use of their most valuable assets: their people. Through our expert evaluation of HR topics, collaborative working, undertaking informative research and providing forums and programmes for HR professionals to share ideas, the HR Society will be crucial in providing tools and techniques for members to address workplace issues."
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