PeopleOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Liverpool football fan Nigel Morton has joined Canon Europe as its new chiefof HR in a bid to make it a more consistent pan-European entity.Fresh from a stint managing a global team for Cable &Wireless with employees across Europe, Japan and the US, he will attempt tocreate a fully integrated European organisation.”This will bring the benefits of local knowledge andcontacts to our customers, as well as through appropriate shared resources,ensuring consistent levels of service and reduced overheads. The challenge willbe ensuring a good balance,” explains Morton.Canon’s existing HR framework is being refocused to help createa more effective organisation with a high performance culture, and Morton saysthe challenge is balancing the needs of the business with those of individualemployees. Morton is a veteran of several companies and 20 years servicein HR and is confident that the function has a major impact on the bottom line.”I think as a service to the business, HR has a unique position in balancingthe short-term profit requirements by saving cost and removing duplication withthe need to build long-term success through the development of the organisationand the people within it,” he says.Morton is also introducing a new talent management programmeand is looking forward to being fully involved in the development of businessstrategy:”The opportunity to work with teams and leaders and obtainthat something extra which might not have happened without HR involvement isvery rewarding,” he adds.CV2002 Chief of HR, Canon Europe2000 Vice-president HR, Cable & Wireless1999 HR director, CWC1994 HR policy manager, Mercury CommunicationsOn the move Helena Freeman has joined Sussex Enterprise as its new workforce developmentmanager. Her main remit will be to help encourage Sussex businesses to investmore in staff development. She will work with groups such as the Learning andSkills Council to help local firms find advice and funding. Prior to joiningthe business support organisation, she held a variety of learning anddevelopment roles at the University of Sussex, the Big Issue and the Body Shop.The Rayner Food Group has appointed Liese Smith as HR manager. In her newrole she will give generalist advice and support on all aspects of the HRfunction across the group, which includes Martlet Foods and Cauldron Foods.Smith will be responsible for the firm’s 410 staff and will report directly tochief executive Michael Beard. Her main objectives will be to nurture employeerelations and create a culture of employee involvement in the business. F&C Management, the pan-European asset manager, has drafted in AndreaChivers as HR director. Based at the company’s London office, Chivers will beresponsible for the HR function in conjunction with the current head of HR. Theappointment is part of an initiative to give stronger HR leadership and improvethe delivery and contribution of the function.