Chris Blackburne - HR Director

Email: Chris.blackburne@brownturnerross.com

Chris is HR Director which means he is responsible for:

  • HR Policies and Practices
  • Providing Advice and Guidance to our Management Team
  • Quality of service internally and externally, and Risk Management
  • Staff development, growth, retention.

This role sees him at the centre of influencing the development of the practice and driving forward initiatives on quality across all areas, ensuring that all are appropriately skilled and knowledgeable to provide an excellent level of service to our Clients.

Chris is highly motivated by new challenges and opportunities and coming up with the right solutions.

Chris has a background covering a broad area of HR having previously:

  • Been an HR Director at a Law Firm
  • Been a Management Consultant focusing on Investors in People, People Development and Business Planning & Strategy
  • Managed a Training Centre providing Development for Managers and Training Staff
  • Worked with a wide range of Clients assisting them through redundancies, change management, management and skill development
  • Managed a significant Regional Retail operation with a multi-million pound turnover

Currently, Chris is working with a significant Staff Association in London providing the Association with advice, guidance and support in relation to a programme of Redundancies, as well as supporting on Contracts of Employment.

Chris Blackburne – Personal Background

Away from the Office Chris enjoys

  • Gardening – designing, growing my own plants and enjoying the results
  • Exploring National Trust and similar properties, especially castles and Roman sites and remains
  • Industrial archaeology
  • DIY – a dab hand at fixing pretty much anything!
  • Tinkering with cars, restoring and repairing
  • Having quality time with my family

More About Chris

What did you want to be before you grew up?

The Captain of a BOAC VC10 and flying to distant unknown lands, many still classed as “dark continents” when I was a lad!

What would be your Desert Island Disc/Book?

“Journey to the Centre of the Earth” to entertain and provide inspiration on survival, and for a musical interlude Pink Floyd – “The Wall”.

Who would be your 3 perfect Dinner guests?

Clive Cussler, Bill Oddie, Alan Titchmarch.

If you could go back in time where would you go?

To the west coast of Africa, the “Gold Coast” and the ancient kingdoms of Ashanti and Benin, to be a fly on the wall and see how the influence of the British and other colonial powers influenced and changed the lives of the people of the decades.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

Caught out at Customs & Immigration control in Lagos Airport when I was 15 years old, transporting (some would say “smuggling”) a large amount of Sterling out of the country for my Father who had used up all of his personal currency allowance.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

A common theme amongst us all, but chocolate, especially Galaxy! Hotly followed by Danish Pastries, the stickier the better!

Who would play you in a film?

This has to be Michael Caine, specifically in the role of Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead at the defence of Rorke’s Drift in the film “Zulu”