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Europa appoints new HR and talent team

Europa Worldwide Group has appointed Elaine Robertson as head of HR, Laura Watkin as head of talent and promoted Vanita Dass-Puri to group recruitment & talent manager.


As head of human resources, Robertson has been recruited to assist in the formation of Europa’s strategic goals, at a time of great change and amazing opportunity for all employees.


She said, “My specialisms in creating operational structure and policy, coupled with creative input into how Europa interacts with its employees will lead to the creation of a central service that reaches out and touches every part of the Group.

“Employees are one of the Europa’s prime investments, so they have to be cared for in a way that allows them to be productive and flourish as individuals. It is my role to ensure the department is fit for that purpose. My experiences married with well-honed decision-making and critical thinking will ensure that as a group we are recognised as one of the top employers in our industry.”


Robertson will be managing a team of three including Angela Reece, human resources manager; Emma Page, payroll & pensions manager; and Sophie Busuttil, HR & payroll administrator. The team will be responsible for areas including HR planning and policy, well-being, compensation, employee engagement and communication, alongside events. In her previous role, Robertson worked as group HR manager for 12 and a half years, before being attracted into the transport and logistics sector.


Watkin’s role was created by Europa to oversee the innovative talent strategy designed to secure and retain talent of all levels across the Europa Worldwide Group. She will be responsible for overseeing and implementing ‘talent nurturing’ throughout the careers of Europa’s 900 employees. A radical approach within logistics, the programme will include: learning and development; coaching and mentoring; early career management; succession planning; appraisals.


In addition, Watkin will oversee Europa’s rapid career development programme (RCDP), a unique, fast track scheme for bright and passionate young people aged 18 – 21 to reach senior leadership roles within four years of joining the organisation. The RCDP will be driven forward by Lana Jay, early career talent manager – another role which is a new addition to the company. The programme, which has seen a high number of applications, is on the way to hitting its target of recruiting 20 trainees this year.


Watkin is supported by an internal recruitment team led by Vanita Dass-Puri. Since joining Europa as internal recruitment & acquisition manager in September 2017, Dass-Puri has played a vital role in recruiting excellent staff members for Europa and now been promoted to group recruitment & talent manager. Going forward Dass-Puri will head up and oversee the group’s internal recruitment strategy. Her role will be to grow the recruitment team to deliver a best in class function.


Rob Ross, director of finance, HR & talent, at Europa Worldwide Group, said, “We’re confident by creating a team of experts within HR and Talent we reduce staff turnover rates at Europa.


“Like many logistics companies, Europa experiences reasonably high levels of staff turnover. Whilst at 18-20 per cent per year, our attrition rates are lower than the industry average (26 per cent), it remains a drain on company resources.


“The new approach aims to cut staff turnover significantly, rewarding loyalty and ensuring Europa is a fantastic place to work for all employees.”


Pictured (left to right): Vanita Dass-Puri, Laura Watkin and Elaine Robertson

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