Jabbar Sardar, HR director, BBC Studios


Jabbar Sardar
Jabbar Sardar, HR director, BBC Studios
Add a comment

Jabbar Sardar is HR director for BBC Studios, the commercial subsidiary of the BBC that oversees TV production, channels and distribution globally

With more than 3,000 people based across 16 countries and 25 cities, the organisation was formed in April 2018 by merging the legacy distribution (BBC Worldwide) and production (BBC Studios) arms of the BBC.

Sardar joined the BBC in January 2016 and reports into BBC group HR director Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth. For the past four years Sardar has featured as one of HR magazine's Most Influential Practitioners.

He joined the BBC from Cafcass where he was director of HR and OD. Here he helped to transform the workplace culture into one with high engagement, low sickness levels, innovation and high standards. He has led an agenda of total organisational and cultural change, moving Cafcass from being ‘on the edge’ in 2010 to ‘cutting-edge’ in 2014.

He did this by building an infrastructure that allowed Cafcass to achieve the right balance between a challenging but supportive performance culture. In a sector often associated with poor employee engagement, high sickness and a lack of innovation, Sardar's pioneering use and implementation of wellbeing, performance management, learning and development and general workplace tools was transformational for the organisation, and was carried through the wider social work profession and public sector. This improvement journey culminated in 2014 when Cafcass was assessed by Ofsted as ‘good with outstanding leadership’

Before Cafcass Sardar was a senior HR professional within a number of large public sector organisations.

He is chair of the International Advisory Board at the School of Management at the University of Bradford, and has been a trustee of Roffey Park since April 2018. He is also on the steering group for the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA).

Recommended content

HR magazine article: Interview with Jabbar Sardar, director of HR and OD at Cafcass

HR magazine article: HR needs to up its game

HR magazine article: What will the 'next generation' HR function look like?.

HR magazine article: HR has frequent inability to be entrepreneurial

HR magazine article: HR needs to reinvent performance management

HR magazine article: Cafcass HRD: Is HR using technology efficiently?

HR magazine article: Public sector can improve engagement by involving entire workforce in strategic decisions

HR magazine article: A rise in public-private partnerships will force both sectors to work together

HR magazine article: Does the public sector know how to nurture the Susan Boyles in its midst?

Twitter handle: @JabbarSardar

BBC careers website

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code

All comments are moderated and may take a while to appear.