Diane Norris

HR and Organisational Development Partner

Overview of Current Position

I’m an HR & OD Partner and have been in post for 7.5 years.

What was your career path to this position and subject area?

I completed a postgraduate diploma in HRM at Robert Gordon University following an undergraduate degree at Aberdeen, mainly because they were offering funded places! I was also interested in HR because of the variety within the profession and the opportunities to specialise. Before coming to Abertay, I studied and lived in Aberdeen for a number of years when the oil and gas industry was fairly buoyant however, unlike many of my fellow students, I never ventured into that industry. I have no regrets about it though as I don’t think I would have had the variety of experiences I have had during my career.

Do you feel you have a good work/life balance? Why?

I find it reasonably difficult to switch off work mode, but I have a small child and spending time with him it’s a great way to relax after a busy day. Luckily I haven’t had to take a lot of time off to deal with caring responsibilities but I am able to be flexible around start and finishing times to allow for pick- ups etc - the rest of the team are in a similar position and our line manager is flexible about this.

 I also reduced my hours after returning from maternity leave, I went from full-time to three days then I increased this to four days once my son was a bit older.

Who has inspired your career?

A former line manager inspired me greatly for her ability to manage a full time, demanding career while raising children, and having a good work life balance. She was also a very good leader of people, and although we have very different styles her ability to deal with anything that she faced inspired me. She also gave me a lot of confidence early on in my career.

What career advice would your younger self have found helpful? 

Things get easier the more you do it. Also don’t be worried about doing the less exciting tasks - those are the things that help people be more rounded individuals with a good understanding of all aspects of the role.