Episode 8: Pat Woodfield, Executive Group Director, Business Strategy, People & Culture at YMCA Robin Hood Group
In this episode, Pat Woodfield, Executive Group Director, Business Strategy, People & Culture at YMCA Robin Hood Group shares her career journey from executive personal assistant, to HR Manager, to COO and CEO roles, to Executive HR positions.
Pat talks about the great work the YMCA is doing, including their new site in Newark, the Malt Cross music hall, and the famous caves of Nottingham!
Nic talks to Pat about the changing nature of the people function and what People & Culture actually means at YMCA. Pat also talks about the challenges of recruitment and retention in the charity sector and the strategies they deploy on that front. Pat explains that the team has recruited approximately 190 in the last year with more to come!
Nic and Pat talk about the challenges of managing PR risks in the modern workplace and the rapid pace of change. Pat advocates for the generalist HR role and the importance of a good network of contacts and the benefits of utilising a coach.
Pat also shares her advice to HR professionals starting their careers and senior HR professionals working in an executive team.
We hope you enjoy this episode!
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Pat’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pat-woodfield-1b97921a/
Nic’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nic-elliott/
Posted on October 12, 2023