HR In The Boardroom?

Historically seen as a second-fiddle support act, HR directors have been ‘late to the party’ across British boardrooms. But with the people function playing a crucial and central role in realising the company vision, should more practitioners have their feet under boardroom table? Andy Moore from canvassed the views of three people professionals to find out.

Helen Pitcher, Chairman of a Boardroom Effectiveness Consultancy which provides mentoring, coaching and advisory services to senior executives says: “Many of the issues faced by boards sit squarely in the HR remit. This includes Succession Planning, Talent Management, Remuneration, Ethical Leadership to name a few. On a positive note HR has emerged to increasingly participate in organisational decisionmaking, with a greater focus on valueadding people strategies. My contention is there is much more to do.”