Jenny van Workum has 20 years of experience in human resources. Jenny joined NML in the newly-created Lead Team role of Human Resources Manager six months ago. Jenny had worked with NML as a consultant in the past and was excited about joining the team on a permanent basis.
Working for NML takes her back to her roots in a sense, having grown up on an apple orchard and qualified with a degree in Marketing and Agri Business, before studying for her Masters in Human Resources.
“For me a business that involves trees is real and tangible. I go to the mill and have been out into the forest to understand the business and its challenges.” Jenny is relishing the diversity of the role and the opportunity to work proactively on staff development it addition to operational HR issues.
Since joining NML Jenny has been struck by the company’s open style of communication and the way people’s contributions are acknowledged. “The people at NML are highly talented, have a real diversity of skills and great depth of experience.”
Jenny acknowledges that the business has high levels of staff engagement and low turnover, which she believes is a reflection of strong leadership. “We have a clear mission and strong values, we understand that we achieve excellence through our people.”