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People resourcing

Rachel Worrall CPHR, HR Business Partner, Horizon Nuclear Power

Building organisational credibility to develop and deliver a new nuclear power station for Wales.

“Valuable lesson: keep focus, keep courage and keep caring about the impact you have on others to make progress the right way."

‭Horizon Nuclear Power was a new investment ‭project for two nuclear new-build sites in Wales ‭and the UK, and had to build its technical, ‭leadership and infrastructure capability.

Rachel Worrall developed internal talent resourcing ‭functions and processes in HR and the business, ‭and created performance plans to align with ‭evolving business needs and milestones.

‭Rachel’s team more than quadrupled the ‭workforce over two-and-a-half years to 368 ‭professionals in 2016. Merit-based hiring grew ‭from five to 75 per cent, and a strategy for quality ‭permanent/fixed term hires saved £592,240 ‭over a year.

Retention increased by 15 per ‭cent, sustained over 18 months. Succession, ‭talent identification and engagement strategies ‭increased employee, stakeholder and market ‭confidence in the organisation.

‭“Building Horizon required creating ‭teams comprised of local and international ‭talent who brought diverse thinking and ‭experience.

Creating and keeping a sense of ‭trust, enjoyment and commitment was key to ‭delivering sustainable high performance.”

This was first published in the April 2018 issue of the HRM magazine.