2 minutes with interview… Mathew Davies

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview.
The people reading this will be professionals looking to develop a career in HR. They will be at different stages but all want to progress and learn more about the opportunities and challenges within the profession.

Reading this, they want to:

  1. Get a better idea of what it’s like to do a job like yours (and if they would want it or be good at it. They might not currently understand what HR really can do!
  2. Humanise your success story – achieving what you have might not seem feasible but hearing your story makes them realise it’s a journey!

2 minutes with …

How did you get to where you are now?
A fairly predictable combination of some hard work, some luck but mainly learning from some fantastic people across a wide range of industries.

What is the best thing about your job?
I get to lead a great team of hardworking and energetic HR professionals working in an industry that is going through incredible change and transformation; being able to shape even a small part of that change is incredibly motivating.

What’s the worst/ hardest thing about your role?
I don’t know whether this is the worst thing but learning that you won’t be the most popular person in your organisation isn’t always great for the ego! Sometimes the decisions you have to take will be unpopular or challenging; learning to live with that is not always the easiest.

What is the biggest challenge facing UK business, and/or your sector in particular right now?
I think the ongoing debate around productivity isn’t going to go away anytime soon; creating jobs that are good and fulfilling remains an important and ongoing challenge.

Does HR have a role to play in addressing it?

Absolutely. HR’s role as a key influencer of change has never been more important or critical. It’s a great time to be a practitioner.

What career advice would you give your 20 year old self?
I’d probably give the same advice my late father gave to me. He used to say: “You only ever get one life and one chance; make sure you make it a good one.”