Lucy Blannin

Associate HR Manager

Lucy is an experienced HR Generalist with a special interest in the psychology of health and happiness at work.

Lucy oversees our HR Policies and Procedures and is involved in our Mentoring and Recruitment Training Schemes. As a trained mentor and coach, she enjoys connecting people and is committed to encouraging and supporting individuals to achieve their goals.

If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?

Employment Law provides the backbone to my job. The law fascinates me, and I value fairness. I attend employment law updates and am continuously learning from the latest case law in a changing world. I sometimes fantasise about being an employment lawyer – a guilty pleasure during lockdown was Judge Rinder (don’t tell anyone).

What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
  • Keep a journal (so the good stuff doesn’t get lost)
  • Remain in touch with your spiritual side (and take time to decide what that looks like)
  • Be brave and test things out (what’s the worst that can happen?)
  • No one knows everything and sometimes there isn’t a ‘right answer’ (just demonstrate your logic and listen to your instinct – that will guide you)
  • Slow down (thinking time, staring into space, doodling, and talking things through get you where you need to be faster)

I love the poem Desiderata and still defer to it from time to time when I feel rudderless.

Best book you’ve read?

I have very much enjoyed reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen in recent years. When I find myself facing difficult situations, I sometimes hark back to the line ‘You can’t go over it, you can’t go under it, you’ve got to go through it’. I love the illustrations by Helen Oxenbury too which combine family adventure with nature – and not knowing what you may find around the next corner. A useful analogy for the adventure of life!

What is your proudest moment?

Professionally, I was proud to pass my ILM Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring. Having not studied for 10 years, I found that I developed a new approach to learning. I used the time and energy I had to maximum effect and realised that I learn best through listening.

Ultimately, following your passions and interests lends itself to a huge level of satisfaction and joie de vivre. Coaching has taught me new ways of thinking and communicating which are supremely valuable in the right context.

Industry bodies
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – Associate Member

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