B.Bus, PGDip HRM
People and Culture
“Any Human Heart” could be Emma Parker, People & Culture person’s biopic title. It isn’t. It turns out to be a book she’s just finished reading.
“Messy” By Tim Harford is what she has just started. Sensibly. Because anyone who works with creative-kind knows like a glove-box warmed chocolate bar, things will get interesting.
“I’ve always found other people fascinating. What drives them? What they love doing? What do they find most challenging? What makes someone a good leader? How do they become great? And how we can build on strengths to continue to grow.
“It’s exciting for me to work in a design space because that’s what I find interesting in my personal life. I love going to art galleries, watching movies, reading novels and talking to creative thinkers. Here I get to combine my two passions of people and design. It’s the cherry on the top.
“It feels good to be in an organisation where people are at the forefront—during challenging times, this is even more important.”
Marketing and communications are where Emma began her working life before spending a few years in a recruitment (agency and then in-house), while completing a Post Grad Diploma in HR. “Once I moved into my first generalist People and Culture role, I knew this was the path for me. It’s just the feeling that you get when you move into a role that’s fulfilling for you personally as well as professionally. When you find your vocation, it feels right. It’s equal parts challenging and rewarding. It’s authentic.”