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CV: John Roberts, Ford Retail HR director

Name: John Roberts
Company: Ford Retail
Job: HR director
Age: 50

How did you get in to the automotive business?
This is my first role in automotive having previously been with companies such as Greene King, Kingfisher and Sears.

What does your job entail?
Ensuring that Ford Retail’s HR objectives and strategy directly supports the corporate goals.

How will your job change over the next few years?
As the company matures and grows, the HR challenges will evolve and mature alongside.

Other jobs you’ve had?
Senior management coach to board level executives. My specialist area was in the leisure services sector. Regional HR and specialist HR roles as well as marketing and HR director positions for a high-street fashion chain and HR director in large multi-site businesses.

What advice would you give to young people joining the industry?
Lots of challenges and lots of opportunities for those prepared to ‘go for it’. Make sure you take advantage of any learning opportunities.

What’s the worst career move you’ve ever made?
I’ve been lucky and had great jobs with great companies.

And the best?
Ford Retail!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Playing a lot more golf!

Favourite book
Lord of the Rings.

Favourite holiday
Disney World in USA.

Favourite film
It’s a Wonderful Life.

Favourite music
From Pink Floyd to Pink.

First car
Triumph Spitfire Mark 5.

Dream car
Another Spitfire Mark 5.

Luxury item
A 15th club in my golf bag!

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