Continuing our efforts to support the development of a stronger public sector workforce, we sat down with Tracy Walters, the Head of HR and OD at West Midlands Combined Authority, to discuss why she felt it was important to work closely with us and join a regional employers organisation.
Why did WMCA feel it was important to join a regional employers organisation?
“I think its key that HR Professionals share and exchange ideas, good practice and where possible collaborate on resourcing projects which benefit us all. We are a small employer and can learn much from the other employer members within the WME family, but we are also working on a really exciting OD agenda which other employers might be pleased to learn more about.”
And for you personally?
“I worked closely with other HR Directors as a member of the EO in the Yorks and Humber region, and really enjoyed collaborating on a number of projects including talent profiling. As a newcomer both to the region and to my role, I know how much I will benefit both personally and the Combined Authority will benefit from our membership, and I look forward to meeting everyone at the meeting of the HOT Network on November 12th.”
Tracy is relatively new to both the region and the role, and so we felt it was a good idea to get to know more about her:
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
“I am originally from London, although I studied for both my degrees at the University of York. I have worked across both local and central government, in the private sector and in the HE sectors. I am a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and have worked in HR and in OD for many years, but my most recent roles have involved leading big transformation programmes. My career has led me to work in different places in the country, and I am really enjoying living and working in Birmingham for the Combined Authority. On a more personal level, I am married and have a son James who’s in his second year at University.”
What’s the most challenging thing you are working on?
“I am leading work on the transfer of the West Midlands Fire Service in to the Combined Authority. This is challenging both in terms of the scale of the task, as well as timeframes, but I am supported by a great team both within the Combined Authority and from colleagues from the Fire Service with whom we are collaborating.”
What is the most exciting thing you are working on?
“I think it’s our Organisational Development agenda. As the Combined Authority our mission is to build a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands, which is a hugely exciting, it’s what attracted me to move here to take up this role, to work with the fantastic HR/OD team here at the Combined Authority.”
We look forward to working closely with the Combined Authority in the coming months.