Di Herft joins esg. as Group HR Director
Di joined in April 2011 and will lead on the group’s national HR function and will work closely with esg.’s operations around the country to deliver on the company’s people strategy. She brings a wealth of experience with her, not only from the training and employment sector, but from her years in the healthcare sector where she spearheaded the HR strategy for the Nestor Healthcare Group, providing HR services to the company’s 81 branches.
An MCIPD qualified HR professional, Di joins esg. at a critical but exciting time for the business, which has just learned of its preferred bidder status from the Department for Work and Pensions to deliver its Work Programme across Coventry, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Marches. Additionally, esg. has recently combined its operations with Paragon Skills for Industry to create one of the largest integrated skills and employability providers within the UK. Di will play a major part in the combined group’s continued growth strategy.
Group chief executive Gavin Freed commented: “With our stronger operational position in the market presented by the Work Programme results and our newly combined skills provision, we have decided to further strengthen our senior management team with the appointment of a new Group HR Director. Di has joined us from Tribal Group, and along with our existing HR team, she will provide us with the HR expertise that a company of our size needs to ensure the ongoing development of its people to support our growth ambitions.”
Commenting on her new role, Di said: “I am delighted to be joining esg. at such an important point in its development. It’s people are at the core of what esg. does and I’m looking forward to helping to harness, support and develop the talent that’s already evident throughout the business’.