Director and Career Guide: Melanie Symes

Melanie is an experienced HR senior professional and executive coach.  She works with Position Ignition because she believes that the approach and processes that Position Ignition uses to help individuals and organisations are dynamic and appropriate for the 21st century.  Melanie co-developed our core programme and corporate offering, and is a leading Guide in our approach.

Melanie has more than 20 years’ experience in international businesses undergoing fast paced change, merger and acquisitions. She held senior HR roles in Burger King, The Disney Store and Starbucks.  In 2003, to gain exposure to other sectors and apply all her learning she embarked on an interim HR career working with BP, Avon, and Virgin and becoming the interim HR Director for Henley Business School, the Qatar Finance Business Academy, ISG and more recently the Jacques Vert Group.

Melanie believes that ‘People’ are the differentiating factor in successful organisations having worked tirelessly to move HR up the strategic agenda, wherever she has worked, and to create coaching cultures that enabled individuals and teams to reach their full potential. 

Since completing the Certificate in Coaching at Henley Business School, she has been working with clients across multiple sectors giving them high quality time to think through and learn about themselves and their reactions, away from the pressurised world of work.   She particularly enjoys working with individuals to give them the support to enable them to thrive in their workplace and believes that work life balance enables us to tap into the best of ourselves at home and at work

Melanie holds a French Degree from Kingston University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is currently studying for an MSc in Coaching at Behavioral Change, conducting her research into the importance of self-awareness to leaders..  She is a keen golfer, who enjoys travelling the world, loves reading, theatre and cinema and eating out.

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