Two minutes with…Tim Pointer


On 31.01.18, myHRcareers welcomes Tim Pointer back to the stage in London.


We caught up with Tim in one of our ‘2 minutes with..’ interviews, where we dived into just who Tim Pointer is! Have a look for yourself below:


How did you get to where you are now?

Well, here’s a quick timeline of my working history:

  • 1994 – 1999 – Regional HR Manager (from Graduate Scheme), Marks & Spencer, UK Stores

  • 1999 – 2002 – HR Manager, Waterstone’s (W Europe), London

  • 2003 – 2007 – Senior HR Consultant, Maxxium ANZ and SE & N Asia, Sydney

  • 2007 – 2010 – HRD, Diesel UK & Eire, London

  • 2010 – 2015 – Global HRD, Pentland, London

  • 2015 – present Founder, Starboard Thinking, London

What is the best thing about your Job?

At Starboard, we work with a real range of organisations, from fast-track tech companies, to FTSE100’s, to Not-For-Profits. I also travel a lot – the past year has taken me to Warsaw, Kansas, Prague, Bucharest, Paris, Madrid and Milton Keynes.


What’s the worst/ hardest thing about your role?

Having to move onto the next project once your work’s completed with any given organisation, especially from the rapport you’ve built up with the teams you’ve worked alongside.


What is the biggest challenge facing UK business right now?

Productivity. In the words of a Nobel prize-winning economist “Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything.” In a group of the world’s richest nations, the UK has the second lowest productivity rate after Japan, and the Office of National Statistics cites workers in Italy and France as having a higher output per worker than their British counterparts.


Does HR have a role to play in addressing it?

HR are responsible for curating a working environment which maximises productivity.


What career advice would you give your 20 year old self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff and nothing is more important than family and friends.


And if you could share a few lines summarising what you’ll be talking about!

The theme of my talk will be “Winning strategies for 2018”. I’ll be using examples to explain how how the best organisations anticipate and respond to business opportunities through their people strategies, and how we can apply these approaches to our own organisations.

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Thanks Tim!

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