Jennifer Russell


Jennifer RussellJennifer Russell is our Head of Human Resources and tells us about her role in the world of HR at SEPA.

What attracted you to working in SEPA?

I studied Business Management at university and enjoyed the HR modules, so when I graduated I felt that I wanted to pursue a career in HR. I was fortunate to get a place on a graduate placement scheme which gave me practical work experience across a range of departments, including HR. Whilst working, I studied part-time for post graduate qualification in HR and in my early career I worked in HR Advisor roles in both the public and private sector.

I joined SEPA in 2005 as an HR Advisor and have been fortunate enough to progress to my current role as Head of HR. I was attracted to SEPA because I knew that I wanted to work in the public service – to make a difference.  SEPA interested me initially because of its role as a regulator and the fact that it was a sizable organisation with a Scotland-wide presence.  Having worked here for over 10 years I’m now more aware of the environmental challenges we face in the 21st century and it’s great to work for an organisation that’s ambitious and determined to meet those challenges.

What work are you involved in?

I line manage the HR Team and I’m responsible for the full range of services that HR provide to our customers. I’m a member of SEPA’s Strategic Leaders Group which means I have a leadership role in the organisation and I work with People and Property Management Team colleagues to develop the people strategy and prepare strategic plans for my department.

No two days are the same in this role! One day I might be leading a project or developing a new policy and the next I might be working with an HR Advisor and legal advisor on a challenging employment matter. Having variety and new challenges at work is really important to me.

What are your green credentials?

I spent a lot of time with my grandparents when I was growing up, and like most of their generation, they believed in using everything and wasting nothing!  A lot of those values have stayed with me and I recycle and try to plan meals well to avoid food waste etc.  I enjoy nature, and we’re trying currently trying to attract birds and wildlife to our new garden.

What is your favourite Scottish environment?

Although I grew up in the country, I love living in Glasgow as there’s so much to do.  I met my husband on Skye, so it’ll always be special to me (despite the midges!)


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