Our Newest Director Is Removing The Harsh Stigma From HR

From acting on stage to directing an IT company, Lee Green, the theatre-trained Hull native prepares for his biggest role yet as The HBP Group’s, People Director.

Welcome Aboard, Lee!

Having begun working alongside the HBP Group 18 months prior, Lee Green, has now taken up a permanent, full-time position with us as our new, People Director. This is wonderful news for the HBP Group as we were first introduced to Lee when we acquired the services of Trans2 Performance, an organisation which consults with businesses about how to best to invest in their employees. Lee stated that it was “the HBP Group’s ambition to be accredited as one the Times 100 Best Companies To Work For” that initially impressed him. However, this was not due to the reputation this accreditation would bring our company, it was “what the journey of achieving this accreditation would mean for the well-being and happiness of the people who work here”.

Despite a slight delay to his start date thanks to The Beast From The East, Lee has settled into his new office nicely and is enjoying getting to know all of his new colleagues. Lee has described it as a “weird journey” to becoming the People Director of a multi-award-winning, IT and software solutions company like, HBP. Nevertheless, his weird and wonderful range of career experiences is where his “love for coaching, educating and consulting came from”.

Acting Origins

Initially, Lee trained in theatre at The University of Hull, graduating in 2001, having earned a BA (Hons) in Drama. During his time performing and working in theatre, Lee ran a department named Interact at the Hull Truck Theatre Company, which covered their education, outreach and community projects. Throughout this period, Lee taught another Hull native, actor Robert Aramayo, who may be most famous for his role Game of Thrones, as the Young Ned Stark. Lee worked with the young actor when preparing Aramayo for his stage role in the Tony-winning play, One Man Two Governors.

Additionally, at this time, and to this day, Lee has been heavily involved in charitable work, particularly with the theatrical organisation, Mind. He stated, “my most memorable project was when we engaged with homeless people in the area and worked with them to put on a performance at Hull Theatre”.



A New Role To Play

Although Lee has continued his theatrical and charitable work, in 2010 he moved into Sales, working as a Key Account Manager and eventually he eventually became the Sales Director. Throughout his time in Sales, the company Lee was working for saw an increase in annual turnover from £28m to £58m. The actor turned Sales Director has no doubt that “the success of this was down to employee coaching within the company”. This success and Lee’s natural love and fascination of people, is what lead him to becoming the Delivery and Consulting Director of Trans2 Performance, where he consulted for the likes of Dunelm, Heron Foods – and of course, HBP.

Redefining HR & Achieving Goals

As Lee embarks on a new adventure as the People Director of the HBP Group, his ambition is to ensure that “everyone has access to coaching and all staff are given the opportunity to grow”. Of his new position, Lee is most excited about “making a difference, as well as following the journeys of the people he will be working with”. A main focus will be “removing the stigma of HR”, as he compared modern Human Resources departments like “the Headmaster’s office in school, people always assume they are in trouble if they are asked to go there”. Lee strongly believes, there must be more to a HR department, and his drive is to assure all staff that his door is always open for discussions about wellbeing, support and one-to-one coaching.

Too add to our newest Director’s many attributes, is the fact that he is an accredited Performance Development Coach – where he focuses on “enabling people to find solutions” and he also receives coaching himself. Lee considers the key to any successful business with happy employees is to “educate people on how to deal with each other”. He has described training and consulting people as passions of his and is a “huge believer in mindfulness which is retraining your thoughts and perceptions to be more positive”. Our coach’s mantra is, “the quality of someone’s thinking is determined by the quality of someone’s listening”, and with this optimistic approach Lee is more than confident he can help the HBP Group achieve their goal of being accredited as one of the Times 100 Best Companies To Work For.