After studying Law and completing his bar finals, Lionel joined Findus as a management trainee in 1978 and then spent 4 years working in operations as a 1st line manager before commencing his career in HR Management as a Training officer and Personnel Officer at Findus’ sites in Grimsby and Cleethorpes. He then moved to Ashbourne in Derbyshire in 1985 as HR Manager at the Nestle Milk Factory, before being appointed HR Manager at the 1200 employee Findus factory in Newcastle.
In 1994 Lionel went to work for Nestle in Poland helping to establish the business in Warsaw and in various factories in Poland before being asked to be Head of HR for Nestle in Russia. Lionel left Nestle in 1998 and was appointed HR Director for British American Tobacco in Ukraine, a 1200 employee business where he oversaw the development of the HR function and business led HR policies and procedures across the whole business, including the factory which employed 800 people. In 2000 he moved back to Poland as HRD for the BAT business in Poland, and in 2007 spent a year as HRD for a Consumer Finance Business in Moscow. He established a Personnel Consulting business in Poland in 2006 before returning to UK in 2014 with his wife and daughter. They now live in Yorkshire.Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest