Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth, HR director, BBC

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Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth joined the BBC as director, HR in August 2014 and is responsible for the design and implementation of the BBCs HR and internal communications strategy.

For the previous five and a half years to July 2014 Valerie Hughes’D’Aeth worked as group HR director at Amey with responsibility for the HR, communications and HSEA strategy for 20,000 employees. During this time she led the people integration of 10,000 employees from acquired company Enterprise into Amey.

Prior to joining Amey she was group HR Director for Steria based in Paris and with global responsibility for 20,000 employees. She joined Steria in 2007 as a result of the acquisition of Xansa by Steria and was responsible for the people merger of the two organisations. She had worked at Xansa for 10 years, initially on a part-time basis while bringing up a young family, and then moving to group HR Director in 2004. In addition to leading the HR function she developed a new HRO service line for the organisation.

Hughes-D'Aeth's earlier career was spent initially at Selfridges as a personnel manager and then working at EDS, which she joined while living in the Netherlands. She spent four years there, initially heading up European recruitment and then becoming HR director for Northern Europe. She then moved to the UK with EDS as head of European compensation and benefits before becoming UK HR director.

She has a B Com degree from Birmingham University, a post-graduate diploma in HR and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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