Catherine Jennings Promoted to People & Culture Director
SMI (SMI), which designs and manufactures ‘fit and forget’ cable harnesses that enable long-term, undiminished performance of critical systems operating in hostile environments, has announced the promotion of Catherine Jennings to its Board as People and Culture Director.
Formerly Head of People at SMI, Catherine starts her new role with immediate effect. Catherine will continue to ensure SMI attracts and retain the best talent, while also taking responsibility for creating an employee culture that helps the business meet its high growth targets in the rapidly changing world of work.
“Immediately on joining SMI, Catherine became an invaluable part of the team. She developed and delivered a range of change programmes related to our people to an exceptional standard. Her work on these projects continued at an undiminished pace, even as she helped us meet the significant people challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
As the needs of our customers grow in complexity and volume, our people’s capabilities and approach to their work becomes ever more critical. Catherine is the right person to help us recruit and develop the people our business needs, as well as embed a culture that will help us meet the challenges of the future. I am delighted to welcome Catherine to the Board. I know what a valuable contribution she will make.”Martin Stillman-Jones, Chairman at SMI
Catherine joined SMI in February 2019 with more than twenty years’ HR leadership experience. Her skills include developing leadership competence in senior teams, delivering change initiatives and identifying HR interventions and activities to support business strategy.
“As Covid-19 restrictions lift, many of the working practices we developed last year to enable remote working will be retained. A key part of my role will be to ensure that, in the workplace that Covid has created, our people continue to feel connected and our culture supports high levels of collaboration and creativity. I’m looking forward to helping the business meet this challenge,” .Catherine Jennings
SMI is the world leader in the design and manufacture of ‘fit and forget’ pressure moulded cable harnesses for hostile environments. With headquarters in the UK and offices in France, Canada and Australia, SMI supplies customers in marine, energy, aerospace and transport sectors across the world.