David Woodman is the Interim Director, Human Resources at Ambition School Leadership. Ambition School Leadership runs leadership development programmes in England that enable school leaders to create more impact in schools that serve disadvantaged children and their communities.
What three traits define you?
Responsibility, Professionalism and importantly – a sense of humour.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Working for a south coast Local Government organisation, that had strong links with the Church and Hampshire Regiments and had to conduct training in old watermill which at the time was part of the estate.
How do you define success?
Success for me is contributing to positive outcomes that benefit the organisation I am working for and by implication the people working in and across the organisation. An example is creating agile working environments that support a diverse workforce.
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I would be in conservation in Africa, striving to care for our endangered wildlife and building sustainable developments.
What is your personal philosophy?
To understand and treat others with respect.
How do you start your day?
With a good thought – usually I am alive.
What’s your favourite thing about working for your current company?
Autonomy and being listened to as the Director of HR and Change.
What are the secrets to good leadership?
To first believe in what and why you are doing. Then create teams of people who you care for and the results will be close behind.
What makes your company unique?
It has a mission that everyone really buys into, rather than just a place for a job.
Who do you most admire in your industry?
I try to learn something from everyone, as I think all great people are right for a particular time or place. However being creative with “People” in my HR industry, my overall favourite is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as without him we would not have the illuminating stories of Sherlock Holmes, and therefore the world would be a duller place.