New horizons – photo credit: Helga Henry
This is a recent announcement from Birmingham Hippodrome – where I’ve been working both as a consultant and then as Director of Organisational Development since 2011.
“Helga Henry has been Director of Organisational Development at Birmingham Hippodrome since 2016. Her role was created to support the cultural and organisational change called for by the Hippodrome’s new strategic plan. Her work focused on our people (Board, staff, interns and apprentices, volunteers and placements) and specifically new systems and procedures, training, development and internal communications.
Externally, she created and delivered a talent development programme (ASTONish) in Aston and Newtown, and represented the theatre at speaking and hosting engagements nationally.
At this point in the implementation of our strategic plan, the requirement is for an operational – rather than transformational – people function. The role of Director of Organisational Development will therefore cease to exist from 1 April 2018. Helga will be leaving her full-time post at Birmingham Hippodrome on 31 March, although she will continue to support us as a consultant throughout 2018.
Helga plans to launch a leadership and communication consultancy, and this will include promoting approaches from her book “NetworkAbility – Building Your Business One Relationship At A Time”. Helga will also continue her work in the creative industries as the new Chair of the Creative Advantage Fund – the UK’s first specialist VC fund for the creative industries – and as a board member of the Totally Thames Festival.
We look forward to working with Helga as a consultant and wish her every success in her new venture.”
My new consultancy – Helga Henry Ltd – will launch in May 2018.