The Magic of HR

HR Grapevine's Annual Conference

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Mike Williams, People Director, Byron Hamburgers

Mike Williams

Mike Williams

People Director

Mike Williams joined the Byron team in February 2015 as People Director.  A member of the management board, Mikes remit is to help the business achieve its ambitious growth plans and will initially focus on engagement, talent and employer brand.

Prior to this Mike was at De Vere where he held the position of Director of People Development for the De Vere Village Urban Resorts and De Vere Hotels businesses.

Mike was People Development Director for Malmaison and Hotel du Vin and joined his then CEO, Robert Cook, in his new position at De Vere.

His first position in HR was with Forte/Granda, he quickly progressed his career and in 2000 he joined Firmdale Hotels, a luxury boutique hotel company with properties in the UK and the US.  Mike held the position of Head of Human Resources.

Mike has launched successful people plans with some adding over £3million to the bottom line through increased employee engagement robust talent pipelines and better performing managers achieveing great commerial success. 

In each organisation he has transformed the culture and convinced the board of the role people development has in achieving commercial results. 

Mikes’ strategies have been accredited with a number of awards including the CIPD awards for employee engagement and talent and recruitment, the Cateys Best Employer Award, the Hotel Cateys Manager of the year award, Personnel Todays Employee Engagement award and the Queens Award for Excellence, various Springboard Awards and the HR in Hospitatliy Award for best HR team and Excellence in Human Resources.