Nicola graduated with a BA in Economics from Sussex University and went on to complete a MA in Personnel Management from Kingston University. She worked with WS Atkins as an HR Systems Analyst working on HR systems covering all the core processes including reward, reporting and talent management. She became a specialist in Reward and Performance and has progressed into senior management through reward positions in GlaxoSmithKline, QinetiQ and Unilever. During this time she has covered all areas of Reward including annual pay and bonus review, international assignments, salary surveys, flexible benefits, job evaluation, executive remuneration, share programmes, recognition schemes, reporting and modelling.
She is a widely respected senior in-house Reward practitioner with experience of running major change projects in Reward including selection and implementation of new HR systems (the most recent being Workday), the roll out of new pay & bonus policy, systems and processes, implementation of flexible benefits schemes and reward policy transformation. Her skills in leadership and people management connect all the relevant teams to deliver such projects at speed. She is closely involved in digital transformation of reward through AI and automation into a real-time environment than supports strategic decision making and employee freedom to choose rewards that best suit them.