'Most Influential' HR recognition for Hertfordshire County Council

Published: 17 Sep 2019

Hertfordshire County Council’s Human Resources Director has been honoured among the nation’s ‘Most Influential’ HR strategists.

Sally Hopper was awarded Most Influential Practitioner in HR magazine’s prestigious annual ceremony celebrating the leading players whose ideas and actions are shaping HR practices across the UK and globally.

As Assistant Director for HR Services, Sally oversees the staffing strategy for both the county council and its associated trading companies, ensuring staff operate in the most effective way to deliver the complex range of services the council provides.

Since joining the county council in 2016, Sally set up the Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Alliance, an organisation held up as an example of best practice by the Department for Education. She also introduced mental health first aiders across the county council in 2018.

Commenting on her award, Sally said: “This is a great honour but not just for me, I feel incredibly proud of all the colleagues I have had the privilege of working with and supported over the years; colleagues who have continuously inspired me to improve the way we work in the public sector and beyond.

“When I heard of my nomination, I couldn’t wait to tell my family who have supported me wholeheartedly throughout my career.”

Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Resources, Scott Crudgington said: “This is a wonderful achievement and highly deserved recognition for Sally who has introduced a number of successful initiatives since joining the county council just three years ago.

“Sally’s commitment and passion to all areas of Human Resources have shone through her leadership, with her initiatives already making a positive impact on the county council.”

Sally, who received her accolade on Monday (September 16), is currently leading a ‘Future Workforce’ review to consider the design of the way the council will work and provide its services.

Keen to start and keep the conversation going on mental health and wellbeing, she recently introduced mental health first aiders across the council in 2018.

Equally passionate about the Apprentice Levy, as a key enabler to social mobility, Sally set up the Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Alliance (HAA) in 2016. She worked with the Local Enterprise Partnership to bring together all public services and learning providers across the county to use the Apprentice Levy to address skills gaps.