Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth

Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth

Former HR Director, BBC

Course: BCom, Commerce, 1981

Valerie may be of interest to students with an interest in careers in HR, management and leadership roles.

Valerie spent the last five and a half years at the BBC as Chief HR Officer Director where she held a position on the BBC Executive Committee and was responsible for the design and implementation of the BBC's HR and Internal Communications strategy. Since leaving at the end of 2019 she has been working as an Adviser and Consultant to organisations and coaches/mentors a number of individuals.

Prior to joining the BBC, she worked for 5 years as Group HR Director at Amey with responsibility for the HR, Communications and Health, Safety, Environment and Assurance strategy for 20,000 employees. During this time she led the people integration of 10,000 employees from acquired company Enterprise into Amey.

Before joining Amey Valerie 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 HR Outsourcing service line for the organisation.

Valerie's earlier career was spent initially at Selfridges store in London as a Personnel Manager and then working at EDS (now Hewlett Packard), 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 the University of Birmingham, a post-graduate diploma in HR and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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