Shining the spotlight on Debbie for International Women’s Day 2020

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International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the globe on 8th March every year, and this year’s campaign theme is #EachforEqual, which promotes the concept that an equal world is an enabled world.

Today we’re celebrating all of the fantastic women at BES Utilities, including our Head of HR, Debbie Miles, who is an advocate for equal opportunities within the workplace and strives to make a difference to employees every single day.

A Chartered Member of the CIPD, Debbie has worked in HR for over 20 years across number of different sectors including housing, retail and transport, and now utilities, metering and football. She has worked her way through the ranks from HR Administrator to HR Officer, HR Advisor, HR Business Partner to Head of HR, and has also studied HR academically to Master’s level.

“I’m a true generalist in the sense I can be managing employee relations, recruitment and retention and employee benefits as well as everything else in between,” said Debbie.  “We’re also currently managing a new group wide HR system integration project, so there are a lot of decisions and challenges around this.”

“A typical day generally consists of ensuring work streams are being managed accordingly, answering general queries, picking up outstanding case work and attending any HR meetings arranged for that day.  No day is ever the same which is why I truly enjoy it.”

Debbie is passionate about ensuring BES provides an inclusive working environment, and individuals are treated equally and given the same opportunities. 

“I’m proud to be a driver in promoting equal opportunities in my workplace, with support from the senior management team.  I believe HR are an advocate to ensure workplace opportunities are consistent and fair for all, which we do very well.”

Debbie inspires her team and those around her on a daily basis, but who does she take inspiration from?

“I’m inspired by any working female who juggles day to day life; children, family, caring responsibilities, as well as holding down work – it doesn’t get any more inspirational than that.”

When it comes to Debbie’s biggest HR aspirations, she is dedicated to making a difference to people and adding value to BES as an organisation. 

“Something small can make such a big difference to people and I’m fortunate to become part of that journey,” she said.

And lastly, Debbie has some inspirational words of wisdom for women who are thinking of exploring the world of HR.

“Take every opportunity you can, build on your knowledge and experience, study and don’t give up.  The setbacks you’ll receive will build your future career and character – HR needs strong women, so make it happen!”

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