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Emma Worsley
Name:Emma Worsley
Job Title:Head of Human Resources, UK
Current Role:Leadership of the HR function for the UK business. Made up of direct leadership for the central specialist HR groups (C&B, HRIS, L&D and pensions) and the internal HR Shared Service Centre, and functional leadership of the network of HR Business Partners supporting a business of around 1800.
Company Name:Syngenta
Q: We are interested in knowing how you got to where you are. Could you describe the three most significant decisions that you made leading up to taking your current job?
A: Taking a Global role overseas which changed my outlook and my profile in the organization; Having children which brought my life into balance; Saying yes to my current role when I didn't think I was ready

Q: If you could do something over again what would it be?
A: I chose not to go to journalism college after university and went straight into work instead. If I had my time over, I would make a different decision

Q: In order to help people get a feel for your role and what you do can you please talk us through a 'typical day'
A: I split my office time across 2 sites in the South of England so those days are made up with meetings with the team or with managers at the sites, phone calls and project work. I travel elswhere in the UK or Europe at least twice a month. Any more information than that would bore you!

Q: What is the most frustrating thing about your job?
A: Consensus seeking can be pretty tiring

Q: What is the most challenging thing about your job?
A: Unifying diverse perspectives on emotional subjects

Q: What is the most rewarding and/or exciting thing about your job?
A: Leading a team and seeing them grow

Q: What qualifications do you need to do your job?
A: None in my view. I have a degree but unusually perhaps, am not IPD qualified. My learning has been entirely practical and on the job.

Q: What are the most important qualities of a good recruiter and a successful recruiter? Are they the same?
A: A leading question I feel! I guess that a good recruiter will always have a curiosity and thirst to understand the real heart of any business and role they are hiring into. They will uncover the real requirements of the role, way beyond a job description, and then the right candidate will stand out from the crowd. When evaluating a candidate, they also don't ignore their intuition.

Q: How involved are you in recruitment at your company? Can you give some examples of recruitment campaigns you have been involved in?
A: Not very much these days, which to be quite honest is a relief. It is a very high profile and time consuming business!

Q: Tell us about your most successful hiring experience and why?
A: I recruited a great HR Manager from the business who had no HR experience or qualifications who has been an out and out success

Q: What is your business mantra?
A: Enjoy your role and the business you work for, or do something about it. Too many people spend their lives in the wrong job as a result of apathy. Be as selfish about your work as you are about your personal life. As a leader, it would have to be...don't try and achieve success in spite of your people. Instead, realise that the time you invest in understanding and inspiring your people will be repaid in results (and make life much less exhausting to boot)

Q: What are your three top tips for job hunting?
A: Don't respond to a job in a press advert without finding out about the company you are applying to join; Treat job hunting like house hunting - a full survey will tell you whether this is the job for you; Get some advice on your CV - ask a few colleagues/friends to tell you what they think your CV says about you and make sure it is says what you want it to

Q: If there was one thing you could get all your candidates applying to your company to either do or to not do, what would it be?
A: Itís just a personal thing, but spelling and grammar errors are a real turn off. If a job is important enough for you to apply for, it is important enough to get the basics right for. Keep any CV as short as possible, and focus your attention on the most recent and relevant experience. Talk about an achievement or a project that you have been involved with rather than listing endless accountabilities of a role

Q: What car do you drive?
A: Audi A3 2.0 T. A recent replacement for a trusty old 1998 Ford Fiesta

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: A husbnd and 2 children are enough

Q: What is you favourite Film? Book? Song?
A: Probably Shawshank Redemption or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Book has to be The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Favourite song would have to be the Welsh National Anthem!

Q: Tell us about your family
A: A wonderfully patient househusband and 2 lovely but wicked little boys - Sam 4 and Charlie 2

Q: What was your most extravagant purchase?
A: Aforementioned Audi A3

Q: What hours do you typically work? Are these normal for your company/industry/job?
A: ? I have no idea. I love my job and always wonder whether people who count the hours they work like theirs very much

Q: What do you do to switch off?
A: The kids are a great tonic for forgetting about work. One minute you find yourself writing your functional strategy or planning for a difficult consultation meeting and the next you find yourself doing the hokey cokey in the back garden

Q: What do you think is your purpose in life?
A: To enjoy it and to try to contribute to others' enjoyment of theirs'

Q: What do you consider to be your greatest gift?
A: The ability to laugh a lot more often than I cry

Q: When you were little what did you want to become when you grew up?
A: First a vet and then a journalist. I still hold out a secret hope to write for a broadsheet one day!

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