Chris Skinner

Vice Chair

Biography

Tell us a bit about your background and skills  

Born and brought up in a public house in North Yorkshire, educated in York and at Manchester University, my early career was spent as a graduate trainee with the Rank Organisation in cinemas, restaurants and bingo halls.

I quickly moved into HR or Personnel as it was called and worked in various senior roles for Renault UK, Wigfalls, and Bass including Toby Restaurants and Bass Taverns, plus a two year stint in a government agency, the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

In my early career I was involved in recruitment, employee relations and most general HR matters but from the early 80’s I began to specialise in the area of pay and performance management. In 1995 after completing the two year fixed appointment at BRE I set up my own consultancy business offering expertise to both private and public sector clients called Rewarding Solutions which is still operating today.

How did you become involved?

In 2010 Kemp asked for my expertise in addressing their fragmented pay arrangements and I developed a job evaluated pay structure for the organisation with five grades based on pay market data. 

In 2012 I was asked to join the Board to utilise my broad HR experience which has been required to resolve some difficult people issues on several occasions during a period of major organisational change.

Thoughts on your time with KEMP

The organisational climate has now stabilised following the arrival of a new CEO and new members of the SMT and I am looking forward to contributing in a more positive way to the next phase of the development of KEMP.

KEMP has been my preferred charity since coming to live in Kidderminster in 1986 and I am very proud of the breadth of support that it offers.

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