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Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Members of The Episcopal Church’s Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F) heard a strong call June 26 for reducing the amount of money it asks from dioceses and regional mission areas, knowing that they face an approximately $12 million gap between the funding already included in Executive Council’s draft 2016-2018 triennium budget and additional funding resolutions that have come to convention.Council’s balanced $120 million budget was passed in January after the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards filed their reports to convention containing funding resolutions. Some of those requests have been amended here at convention. Plus, many new resolutions filed since council passed its budget also ask for money to be included in the 2016-2018 budget. They are the ones that account for the $12 million gap.“I want to make people understand that even a request for funding passed by both houses is not a binding mandate on PB&F,” the Rev. Canon Mally Lloyd of Massachusetts, PB&F chair, told Episcopal News Service after an early morning committee meeting June 27. “It carries great weight with PB&F, probably the greatest weight of any of the input we get, but it’s still PB&F’s job to discern how things get funded.”The new or amended requests “will far exceed any reasonable way for us to handle that, so our challenge is going to be to see what we can do with this, and most of them will not be able to be funded,” Diocese of San Diego Bishop Jim Mathes, a PB&F member, told ENS after the June 26 revenue hearing.While such a gap is not unusual, the logistics of attempting to reduce the shortfall are different at this convention than in the previous two.“This is not an unusual position for budget-makers to be in at this point in the budget process,” Lloyd told ENS, “but we’re just urging people to be realistic about what is possible.”“Three years ago, we were pulling together alternative budgets and we were trying to create a budget structure and that process actually gave us some wiggle room,” Diocese of Maine Bishop Stephen Lane, PB&F vice chair, told ENS on June 27. “This time we have a balanced budget with considerable internal integrity so for every dollar in, dollars have to come out. That’s a different process than the last time.”When asked if this process was harder or easier, Lane said “it’s different hard.”PB&F collaborated with the Executive Council on the draft 2016-2018 budget from the beginning of the 2013-2015 triennium.The Episcopal Church’s three-year budget is funded primarily by pledges from the church’s dioceses and regional mission areas. Those entities are currently asked, but are not required, to annually contribute 19 percent of their income from two years earlier, minus $120,000.Council’s draft budget increases that exemption to $175,000. Its revenue projection is based on asking the church’s dioceses and regional mission areas to give 18 percent of their income to fund the 2016 budget, 16.5 percent for the 2017 budget and 15 percent in 2018.The three-year movement to reduce the asking to 15 percent results in $74,931,206 in revenue, according to Kurt Barnes, treasurer for The Episcopal Church. This total assumes a $175,000 diocesan exemption and assumes that each diocese not paying the full asking will increase its percentage contribution by 10 percent above the rate it is contributing in 2014. Full participation in a mandatory 15 percent assessment for all three years of the 2016-2018 triennium, with the same diocesan exemption and growth-in-giving assumptions, would result in $80,236,645 in revenue, he said.Out of 109 dioceses and three regional areas, 49 dioceses paid the full asking or more in 2014. A list of 2013 diocesan commitments and payments made, and 2014 commitments, is here. Barnes has said that if all dioceses participated fully in the asking adopted by General Convention for 2014, nearly $7.4 million more would have been available for church-wide ministry. Payment of the full asking is not canonically required and there are no penalties for not paying the full percentage.“I didn’t hear any advocacy for keeping the asking at 19 percent,” Lloyd said reflecting on the revenue hearing during an early morning committee meeting June 27. “So I think we can take away from that hearing support for some kind of reduction in the asking.”She later told ENS “there’s still come decisions to be made about how far and how soon.”Lane told the committee June 27 “My own sense is that (council’s) step-down is actually the framework for the step-up and that across the church there’s a commitment to do that.”“The other piece that is critical for the life of this church is full participation and that’s not happening,” he said. “The set-up, the three years, is time for diocese large and small to become full participants.”Nebraska Bishop J. Scott Barker cautioned that three years may be time enough for dioceses to increase their contributions to the 15 percent level, but “it is way too long” for dioceses such as his to get relief from meeting the full 19 percent asking.Convention faces proposals to reduce the assessment to less than 15 percent and to make the assessment mandatory. The resolutions to date on those issues are here. The question of changing the asking from a voluntary response to a mandated payment is not within PB&F’s purview.The total income in council’s draft budget is $120,470,577 and the total projected expenses are $120,468,248. In addition to diocesan payments, the revenue side includes income from other sources such as $28.2 million from a 5 percent draw on the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s unrestricted assets, nearly $10 million in rental income from The Episcopal Church Center, $2.1 million from Episcopal Migration Ministries’ refugee loan collection program, $2 million to be raised by the development office and $1.2 million in General Convention income, along with other smaller sources.PB&F will hold its spending hearing at 7:30 p.m. MDT July 27 in Grand Ballroom A,B,C of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.PB&F will use the comments it receives, council’s draft budget and any legislation passed by or being considered by General Convention to create a final budget proposal. That budget must be presented to a joint session of the Houses of Bishops and Deputies no later than the third day before convention’s scheduled adjournment. 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Manufacturers: Lixil Corporation, Fujiwara Chemical, TostemOther Participants:DE.labArchitects In Charge:Hirokazu Suemitsu, Yoko SuemitsuCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kai NakamuraRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcText description provided by the architects. Create a cool space controlling sunlight like in a huge “SUDARE” (a reed screen). A one-story house is built on a large site in the middle of the residential area, surrounded by low hills. As the neighboring buildings are mostly low-rise houses, almost none of the shadows fall on the site, and in the result the site is always exposed to the sunlight during daytime.Save this picture!© Kai NakamuraTherefore we thought to suspend a huge “SUDARE” on the site to create cool energy in its shadow and then locate four boxes that forming house at its bottom. The upper roof is made out of 75 mm by 75 mm thinned wood arranged in a checkerboard pattern. The span between its ends is approx. 40 m. Save this picture!© Kai NakamuraSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Kai NakamuraTo allow such as extension we used a PC steel rod system such as in suspended bridge construction, hanged on the steel beam located on concrete pilaster. This “SUDARE” has a role to cut off sunlight that falls on the roof surface. In the gap between the four buildings under the huge “SUDARE” was created a comfortable, half outdoor space. With overlapping of the conical landscape made out of remaining soil and the scenery of slightly elevated hills, the huge SUDARE formed into curved by its gravity creates a beautiful appearance. Save this picture!DetailProject gallerySee allShow lessRIBA Great British Buildings Tours: Graveney School Sixth Form BlockEventRIBA Great British Buildings Tours: Curzon BloomsburyWorkshop Share Projects Japan Area: 1308 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Year: Photographs Photographs: Kai Nakamura Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Double Roof House / SUEPSave this projectSaveDouble Roof House / SUEP “COPY” CopyHouses•Japan Architects: SUEP Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/793633/double-roof-house-suep Clipboard ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/793633/double-roof-house-suep Clipboard CopyAbout this officeSUEPOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesJapanPublished on August 22, 2016Cite: “Double Roof House / SUEP” 22 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Rosyln Road / Magri Williams ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRosyln Road / Magri Williams Architects Photographs: Nicolas Worley Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Architects: Magri Williams Architects Area Area of this architecture project Rosyln Road / Magri Williams Architects “COPY” Save this picture!© Nicolas Worley+ 22Curated by Paula Pintos Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912276/rosyln-road-magri-williams-architects Clipboard CopyHouses, Renovation, Extension•Haringey, United Kingdom Area: 145 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project United Kingdom Manufacturers: Clayworks, Domus Tiles, Maxlight, Petersen Tegl, SteysonSave this picture!© Nicolas WorleyRecommended ProductsLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionText description provided by the architects. The project comprises of a rear extension, loft conversion, and complete house refurbishment. In its basic form, the client’s brief was to enlarge the ground floor and provide an additional bedroom. Save this picture!© Nicolas WorleyThe existing terrace house was a London stock brick with a rear outrigger that stepped in form. In reference, the new ground floor extension is staggered, continuing the established rhythm and internally, defining the kitchen and dining area. At the second floor, the loft was converted to provide an additional bedroom with en-suite. Save this picture!© Nicolas WorleyAt the ground floor, the original hallway was reinstated to divide the entrance hall and living rooms. Whilst this reduced the size of the existing living room, it nurtured the domesticity of the space, creating a more intimate lounge. In contrast, the ground floor extension provides a large open plan living, kitchen and dining room. A level change and half height plywood joinery wall divides the space, maintaining a visual connection whilst defining different living areas. A new plywood staircase joins the three floors with a large skylight above that draws light through the house.Save this picture!© Nicolas WorleyArchitects View – Key feature At Roslyn Road, the existing terrace house was a Victorian property made from London Stock brick. We felt the brick was the most important material of the existing and epitomizes the London terrace. Save this picture!© Nicolas WorleyTaking the brick back to its elemental form, it has three repeated faces. We wanted to express this in the extension. As such, the brick is laid in the same orientation to allow each face to be revealed as the building steps. The end face is expressed in the rear elevation; the side face in the stepped form; and the top face is rotated in the header detail.Save this picture!© Nicolas WorleyInternally, the tones of the external brick were examined to create the supporting material palette. The walls are finished with a light clay. The floor in the extension transitions from an ash white polished concrete to a white square tile at the existing threshold, naturally arranged in a stack pattern. The tiles consist of a palette of many shades, creating variation and tonal composition, echoing the natural variation in the rear brick elevation. As a last material, Plywood has been used in the kitchen, joinery, and staircase to add warmth and softness to the house. Project gallerySee allShow less[TWIN] 8 townhouses in Granada / DTR_studio architectsSelected ProjectsCALL FOR APPLICATIONS: U.S. Pavilion at 17th International Architecture Exhibition o…Opportunities Share Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912276/rosyln-road-magri-williams-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeMagri Williams ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationExtensionHaringeyUnited KingdomPublished on February 28, 2019Cite: “Rosyln Road / Magri Williams Architects” 28 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Jonathan Webdale, in his review for New Media Age of the new Comic Relief site, highlights a few weaknesses. Jonathan Webdale, in his review for New Media Age of the new Comic Relief site, highlights a few weaknesses. “Some of [the video clips] took a long time to load and there was no indication that they were doing so.” He added “there’s also a menu down the left-hand side which vanishes at times.” But he did point out that “this is probably down to tweaking in the run-up to Red Nose Day. Otherwise he gave the site, designed by agency Wheels, an impressive 87/100. Branding was marked as 24/25, with content at 21/25 and usability 19/25. Advertisement 119 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Visit Comic Relief. New Media Age spots weaknesses at Comic Relief site Howard Lake | 1 March 2001 | News
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 15 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 June 2002 | News Fundraising technology company Blackbaud is seeking nominations for a new international award that honors technological leadership at nonprofit organisations.The TechnOvation Award will be presented this October to three organisations that exhibit innovative leadership in their use of Blackbaud software.“We are continually impressed with how non-profits we work with innovate in their use of our software,” said Robert J. Sywolski, CEO of Blackbaud. Advertisement “Whether it’s a new process to keep data clean, advances in using the web or a customiszation that provides for a truly unique need, these innovations are examples of how nonprofits are providing technological leadership to the greater community. We learn from our clients’ innovations every day and decided to launch this award to recognize some of the best examples.”The three grand-prize winners will each receive a $2,000 donation and a trophy. The international award will be given annually, and all the company’s clients regardless of the Blackbaud products in use are eligible.Organisations can nominate themselves or others. Nominations are due by 2 August 2002 and can be made at the Blackbaud Web site. Blackbaud announces TechnOvation Award About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Tagged with: Fundraising Lotteries Gaming Howard Lake | 20 July 2016 | News Charity numbers game Cashcascade® has given a couple from Merseyside the top prize of £50,000. Michael and Valerie Aindow won by predicting the winning numbers from the week’s New York lottery. Their win also benefited their chosen charity, Royal Voluntary Service.Mr Aindow had been playing Cashcascade, paying £2 a week, and donating to RVS since 2011. He said:“It’s a wonderful surprise and at our time of life it is the greatest gift as we now have financial peace of mind for the future. My wife has been very ill and now if we ever need some help in the home, to make things more comfortable for her, we know we can afford it.”He added that, because he paid by Direct Debit, he had forgotten that he was playing the weekly game.Cashcascade® players can choose to support a number of participating charities benefiting children, disability, homelessness and animals while at the same time having a chance to win prizes ranging from £10 to £50,000. For every £1 entry, at least 45p goes to good causes, more than most lotteries, according to Cashcascade, which claims that the charitable donation “is often only around 28p”.Mr Aindow chose to support Royal Voluntary Service because, as a full-time carer for his wife, he is aware of the valuable support the charity provides to older people and their families in communities throughout the UK.The winning sum was presented to the Aindows at The Bold Hotel in Southport by Clive Mollett, Managing Director of 121 Fundraising and creator of Cashcascade.Mollett said: Advertisement Cashcascade charity lottery-style game announces first £50,000 winner “This is one of the great things about being involved in Cashcascade – seeing the smile on a winner’s face. Everyone can celebrate because it’s one of those rare win, win situations: the player wins and their chosen charity benefits from their committed weekly donation.”Cashcascade® was developed by Clive Mollett, Managing Director of 121 Fundraising. The programme avoids the usual fundraising obstacles found in weekly lotteries by cutting out red tape and the need to invest in expensive player acquisition. Charities can access regular income without any risk as there are no charges, or costs involved. Sales support materials are provided free of charge. 123 total views, 1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 124 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
“This has been the reality the store has lived with and probably not faced up to since it became a co-op seven years ago,” Vanderlan said. “For the foreseeable future, if there’s going to be an independent bookstore in Ithaca … it’s going to have to be subsidized. And that subsidy is going to come in the form of owner contributions.”The bookstore has set up a sustaining owner program which has raised about $10,000 for the year so far. They also hosted a gala over the summer to kick off their Ithaca Is Books campaign. The movement, as they call it on their website, features Ithaca Is Books ambassadors like Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and Ithaca College President Shirley Collado, who share the books that have shaped them as “readers, thinkers, and leaders.”With the movement, Buffalo Street Books aims to ensure the bookstore’s inventory reflects the interests and expertise of the community, builds a connection to books and reading for a broader spectrum of neighbors, and strengthens Ithaca’s identity as a community that values reading and books.In the past two decades, the number of bookstores has dramatically declined in Ithaca as they had to compete with online retailers and big chain bookstores.But locally and nationally, independent bookstores are putting up a fight. Citing information from the American Booksellers Association, an article in The Baltimore Sun said though the number of independent bookstores steeply declined between 1995 and 2009, independent bookstores have rebounded. An article in NPR discussing the positive trend said the number of independent bookstores has actually increased nearly 40 percent since 2009.In Ithaca, whenever Buffalo Street Books has struggled in the past, the community has stepped up to keep it open. The bookstore switched to a cooperative model in 2011 and there are currently more than 800 owners.Vanderlan said it’s difficult for him to imagine a future where there isn’t an independent bookstore in Ithaca.“Ithaca’s such a great reading and writing community and there are so many authors and we do so many events with them where they’re able to share their work with friends and family and neighbors in the community. It would just be a devastating loss if that wasn’t possible,” he said.What an independent bookstore like Buffalo Street Books offers that other sources can’t, Vanderlan said, is the ability support the economy and labor of producing, writing, publishing, printing and distributing books.“If we want a world in which there are books, we’ve got to actually pay for them,” Vanderlan said. “We’ve got to pay to support the publishers, support the writers. … It’s part of an economy where writers can actually make a living doing what they love and sharing what they love with the rest of us. And a bookstore is a great place to be at the crossroads of that, connecting readers with writers. And that’s what we do.”Though the financial situation of the store remains desperate, Vanderlan said he is confident the store will remain open because so many people have worked so hard to make it successful. ITHACA, N.Y. — As the local bookstore landscape has dwindled to nearly none, the community has fought to keep the last remaining independent bookstore Buffalo Street Books open.Around this time last year, more than 100 people crowded the bookstore for an emergency meeting. The message: the bookstore is in crisis.At the meeting, board president Rob Vanderlan said the bookstore had to raise at least $75,000 before the holidays just to scrape by because of how much they owed to publishers and distributors. The community rallied support, ideas and funds and Buffalo Street Books made it through the season. In the past year, the bookstore’s sales have increased and they’ve had successful events, but they are still struggling.Today, Vanderlan’s views on the current status of the bookstore are somewhat torn.“I’m both optimistic and pessimistic at the same time,” he said. “(The situation) it’s hopeful and discouraging.”Vanderlan said the hopefulness comes from the bookstore making smart decisions over the past year. He said they have a great manager and a great staff and sales have been growing. Their relationship with publishers is also sound so they can order books.Buffalo Street Books board president Rob Vanderlan presents the financial situation of the bookstore to owners at an emergency meeting in October 2017. (Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice)But Vanderlan said the situation is also discouraging because they continue to lose money overall. They invested a lot in inventory and haven’t earned it back in sales yet, he said.“Though sales grow, we’re not breaking even,” Vanderlan said. “We’re not close to breaking even.”One program the bookstore was excited to try, called “Off the Hill,” sold course books for Cornell University and Ithaca College, but it was not as successful as they hoped and they ended up about $8,000 in the red from it. And the ramifications are worse than that figure suggests because for the program that had to buy over $50,000 in inventory and stretched their credit with publishers past the breaking point, an email update to owners said this week.Vanderlan said they have decided to pull the plug on that program.To help save money, Vanderlan said the store has three main options: close the reading room, control expenses, including payroll, and do consistent fundraising.They have opted to close the reading room and consolidate, which will ultimately save them about $15,000 per year. Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor Tagged: bookstore, buffalo street books, independent bookstores, ithaca Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor
iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — A 14-year-old girl was allegedly stabbed by a fellow student at a high school assembly in Oklahoma, according to local officials.The victim was stabbed repeatedly in the upper back, head, arm and wrist on Thursday while she was in the auditorium on the first day of school at Luther High School in Luther, near Oklahoma City, according to the Luther Fire Department.“The Luther High School Staff did a great job with assisting the victim and keeping her calm,” the fire department said.The girl, whose identity was not released, was taken to a hospital, where she is stable, Sgt. Tony Walker of the Luther Police Department told ABC News on Friday.The unidentified suspect, a 14-year-old boy who is in ninth-grade, was immediately taken into custody and is being held at a juvenile facility, Walker said.The motive is unknown, Walker said.Luther Public Schools wrote on Facebook, “There was an incident at the High School Assembly this morning at the Auditorium. The situation is under control, all students are safe.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Top job – Nick Jones, HR director, The Retail Motor Industry FederationOn 2 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Nick Jones is the new HR director at the Retail Motor Industry Federation(RMI), the body that provides sales and services to motorists and businesses. Hejoins from the RAC, where he headed up the HR team. In his new position, hewill be responsible for all HR activities across the RMI and its training body,ReMIT What do you hope to achieve in your new role? To make the organisation a great place to work. There is a high correlationbetween how the customer (or member) perceives service and how employeesperceive their company. Introducing robust measures on customer satisfactionand employee commitment will be an early priority. Which aspects of your new job are you most looking forward to? The opportunity to contribute on an industry-wide basis, whether that be byproviding advice and services or establishing mechanisms to take specificissues forward on a national level. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? As a naive 18-year-old student, working during the summer holidays as acanteen assistant in an industrial paper mill. My colleagues were five ‘mature’ladies, which was very enlightening and character-forming in the days beforeharassment policies. How do you think the role of HR professionals will change over the nextfive years? There are an increasing number of current and future business leaders inevery sector who have seen how an HR function that is totally aligned to thestrategic and commercial goals of the organisation can be a powerful influenceand demonstrably add value to the business. We must develop this change inperception even further and ensure we are at the heart of business decision-making.What’s the best thing about HR? Spotting talent early and helping it to succeed. And the worst? All those people in any organisation who assume that the company car policyis the number one item on the HR agenda. What do you think is the essential tool in your job? My ears. How do you fill your spare time? Ferrying my children around and finding time for the odd game of cricket. What advice would you give to people starting out in HR? Ensuring you know as much about the core business as any line manager, andmore than your finance peer. Do you network? Not as much as I should. Who would play you in the film of your life and why? John Cleese. An absolute genius, who also has a deep interest in what makespeople tick. What’s the best or worst office party you have ever attended? The worst was the one all HR people dread. Yes, a reasonably senior manager.Yes, it was a dismissal and yes, we won the tribunal. Jones’s CV2003 HR director, RMI1998 Head of HR, RAC Consumer Services1984 Personnel manager/HR director, BSM Group1979 District personnel/training manager, Safeway Food Stores Comments are closed.