Clare Martin

HR Director, Jardine Motor Co

Guest Speaker

Biography

Clare has more than 20 years’ senior management experience working across multiple industry sectors, but has always worked in fast paced environments and with organisations undertaking transformation and change including M&A activity. Before joining Jardine Motors Group she worked as Global HR Director for eFront, a niche global software provider. Prior to this she worked at Home Retail Group supporting the Argos commercial division with their digital retailer leader journey.

As a result of this experience Clare is recognised as a leading figure in retail HR and was asked to speak at the CIPD conference in 2012 due to the work she carried out at Daisy Communications (Lancashire), a B2B telecoms business that undertook 10 acquisitions in 12 months. Her career also allows her to give an expert analysis of organisational development, change, strategic planning and executing customer experience programmes.

Clare holds a post graduate diploma in HR Management, is a Fellow member of the CIPD and has a Masters certificate with the Financial Times in Non-Executive Directorship. She is passionate about bringing a greater gender balance into the UK workplace and has recently become a member of the 30% Club which is an alliance of progressive Presidents, CEOs and MDs from automotive manufacturers, retailers and supplier organisations, who are working towards the aspirational aim of filling 30% of key leadership positions in their organisations with women by 2030 in a “30 by 30” strategy. One of Clare’s chief objectives is to show the UK that automotive retail is an enjoyable and satisfying career for talented people, regardless of their gender. She also strongly believes that women who currently work in more traditional clothing retail have the transferable skills to make a switch to automotive retail with great success.

Career landmarks:
• Clare was born in Manchester, educated in Manchester and now lives in London
• 2004 – Group Head of Commercial HR & Change for Shop Direct Group – lead a HR change programme
• 2010 – 2012 – Group HR Director at Daisy Communications. During her last 12 months at Daisy she was seconded into the Customer Experience Director role.
• 2012 – 2013 – HR Consultant at Home Retail Group PLC
• 2015 – Present – Group HR Director at Jardine Motors Group

Clare’s participation has been made possible through Speakers for Schools partnership with the UK Automotive 30% Club and her school talks will include a focus on inspiring girls to consider opportunities in the automotive sector and encouraging all students to aim high.

She is also supporting the UK Automotive 30% Club 30/30/30 campaign.