The People Practice benefits from TAQA experience
The HR Manager who helped build TAQA from an organisation with a handful of people based in a city centre office to a successful and high profile oil and gas operator in the North Sea is now using her expertise to help other organisations through The People Practice, her own HR consultancy.
Chris Dunridge was a member of the leadership team which was drawn together by TAQA for their specialist expertise to develop the Abu Dhabi company’s business in the UK as it planned to buy its first UKCS operated assets from Shell and Esso in 2008.
Prior to that Chris was Managing Director and principal consultant of the People Practice, an HR consultancy originally based in Guildford, Surrey. Chris and her family moved to Aberdeenshire in 2005 and The People Practice was engaged by TAQA in December 2007. When Chris was invited to join the leadership team on a full time basis, she “mothballed” The People Practice to concentrate on TAQA.
Now, having led TAQA’s HR activity for almost six years she has relaunched The People Practice in Aberdeen. It will provide a full range of HR management and consultancy services to organisations of all sizes and across all sectors, but will specialise in providing advice to organisations considering mergers, acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures, an IPO or other internal or external organisational change.
“Building TAQA’s UK business from scratch and developing its own unique culture and values was a fantastic experience and I’m hugely proud of what we achieved,” said Chris. “However, I had always intended to resurrect The People Practice, to use the expertise I have built over the years to work with other businesses and I am looking forward to using the experiences gained in TAQA in other organisations.”
In addition to her oil and gas expertise Chris, who has 25 years’ experience in the professional human resources field, has also worked across a wide range of other industries including retailing, international logistics, facilities management, construction, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, IT, market research and advertising.
“TAQA began operating in the UK with seven people and it now employs more than 500 people and over 2500 contractors and subcontractors on and offshore. Growing it to that level meant working across the full range of HR procedures and legislation but the processes and requirements are applicable to any business irrespective of the industry sector or the size of the organisation.
“Our ethos is that people are at the heart of everything we do as a business. Organisations contemplating change projects must engage effectively with employees if they want to successfully achieve a smooth transition and avoid legal pitfalls.
“Many organisations don’t have the HR resources to deal with the many complex and detailed issues which arise if the business is contemplating a major change programme. The People Practice will provide that knowledge and qualified expertise on a short term or project basis to support organisations and their people through the changes.”