first_img Comments are closed. PeopleOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Maureen Macnamara joins The Law Society Budding authoress Maureen Macnamara believes she has a great idea for abook. “I was thinking of writing a book relating to children about howbusiness operates, from a child’s eye view – What grown ups really do atwork,” she says. But to write it, she will have to find time outside of her busy position ashead of HR for The Law Society, which she took up last month. A fellow of the CIPD, she previously worked as board director for lossadjuster Cunningham Lindsey UK. Part of her new role will be focused onrecruiting, retaining and developing staff. “I will also play a key role in contributing to the wider businessdevelopment, decision making and leadership for the society.” Macnamara finds it frustrating that people have such a limited view of HR.”People perceive HR as being admin or welfare. We’re not. But sometimesyou can get hemmed down with trivial problems.” If she had more spare time, Macnamara says she would spend it with familyand friends. She adores the South of France and often goes back to her roots onthe west coast of Ireland. “It rains quite a bit but it doesn’t matter because it’s sobeautiful,” she explains. But she plans to spend this year’s holiday enjoying her garden. CV: Maureen Macnamara1998-2001 Cunningham Lindsey UK and Ireland, HR and training director1996-1998 Schal International management, Associate director, HR1995-1996 2Care, Personnel manager1994-1995 Surrey FHSA, Training and staff development managerOn the move…Independent house builder Morris Homes has appointed Gillian Viragh as HRmanager. Based at head office in Newton-le-Willows, she will develop the HRfunction covering issues such as recruitment and selection, training, inductionand employee relations and will have overall responsibility for HR activitiesacross the company. Viragh worked for BAE Systems for six years where she wasinvolved in issues such as business integration, site closures and HR strategy.Clive Wright has been appointed European partner and client manager withconsultancy William M Mercer. He joins from The BOC Group where he wascompensation and benefits director since 1998. Prior to that he worked for ICLfor 12 years. NHS Estates Trading Fund has appointed David Connor as head of HR, IngridLewis as senior HR adviser, and Helen Dowling as HR adviser. The organisationprovides a consultancy service implementing the NHS Plan and provides a centreof knowledge and expertise to the healthcare sector. The immediate challengefor the HR team is to ensure a smooth transition into a Public PrivatePartnership for April 2002. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Petraeus discusses technology

first_imgGen. David H. Petraeus, former director of the CIA who currently teaches at USC, weighed in on four technological developments that have emerged since the Great Recession on Wednesday evening at the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study in Doheny Memorial Library.Interconnected · Gen. David H. Petraeus spoke of how manufacturing, life sciences and information technologies are intertwined on Wednesday. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanDuring the hourlong discussion, Petraeus noted that the four revolutions of energy, manufacturing, life sciences and information technology are all interconnected.Petraeus, who is well known for changing the tide in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, said each revolution is dependent on one another. He emphasized that the energy revolution enabled the information technology revolution and great growth of storage, which led to the manufacturing revolution.“When you take these four revolutions and you take the demographics of the United States, the state of the global economy, we may be on the threshold of the North American decades,” Petraeus said.Petraeus described the “North American decades” as a time of success for not only the United States, but also for Canada and Mexico.“These revolutions are historic and are going to give an incredible boost to our economy,” Petraeus said.Following his lecture, Petraeus answered students’ questions about his opinion on cyber espionage and exporting oil to Asian countries.He noted that in the near future, many new jobs will arise in several different fields, and encouraged students to be hopeful for what is to come. Petraeus said many of these new jobs will come through the evolving energy and manufacturing industries, noting that just this past week, the United States surpassed Russia to become the No. 1 producer of oil and gas in the world.“This is coming soon to a theater near us, this is not fantasy,” Petraeus said. “There are already steps in the direction toward this.”During the discussion, Petraeus cracked jokes about Edward Snowden and the U.S. legislature but became serious when asked a question about ethics within American policies during war. He referenced the infamous pictures of Abu Ghraib prison torture.“We try to adhere to the letter and the spirit of the international law. With that said, we’re not perfect,” Petraeus said.Petraeus also said that more attention needs to be paid to the nation’s shortcomings in education, immigration reform and infrastructure in order for the U.S. to stay ahead of other countries.This was Petraeus’ second appearance at a USC event this week. On Monday evening, he spoke about the the importance of honoring veterans returning home from serving the country in Iraq and Afghanistan.Many students responded positively to Petraeus’ discussion. Some believed the format of the discussion was helpful to understanding the conversation.“It’s cool to have someone as famous as him come talk to us as equals,” said Rachel Jones, a junior majoring in political science.Students also said that Petraeus provided more context to subjects that they already had an interest in.“He gave me a more in-depth sense and knowledge of these issues,” said Berenice Yang Gonzalez, a junior majoring in political science and environmental studies. “It’s like knowing how to ride a bike and then learning how to ride a motorcycle.”Students said the conversational format of the program was beneficial to their learning experience.“It was insightful having his perspective because he looks at it from the top-down,” said Karthik Gollapudi, a junior majoring in computer science. “His experience will be helpful in integrating a lot of different departments and connecting them together.”Editor’s note: The original article incorrectly listed Karthik Gollapudi’s major as business administration.Follow Jordyn on Twitter @jojoholmeylast_img read more