Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth, Group HR director, Amey
HR Most Influential Practitioner 2013 position 13
Hughes-d’Aeth joined Amey in 2009 as group HR director and has been responsible for developing and delivering the group HR and HSEA strategy through a period of significant growth from 8,000 to 12,000 employees.
Prior to joining Amey she was group HR director for Steria based in Paris with global responsibility for 20,000 employees. She joined Steria in 2007 as a result of the acquisition of Xansa by Steria and was responsible for merging the two organisations. She had worked at Xansa for 10 years, initially on a part-time basis while bringing up a young family, and then moving to group HR director in 2004. In addition to leading the HR function she developed a new HRO service line for the organisation.
Hughes-d’Aeth’s earlier career was spent initially at Selfridges as a personnel manager and then working at EDS, which she joined while living in the Netherlands. She spent four years there initially heading up European Recruitment and then becoming HR director for Northern Europe. She then moved to the UK with EDS as head of European Compensation and Benefits before becoming UK HR director.
She has a B.Com degree from Birmingham University, a post-graduate diploma in HR and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.