Group Director of People and Culture

Christine Cochrane

The most rewarding part of my job is watching people develop and providing the appropriate support to help them to achieve their potential.

Upon leaving college I trained as a Social Worker, however I soon realised the profession wasn’t for me. However, I firmly believe that this experience ignited my passion for people; Social Work made me want to make a difference in people’s lives, to help navigate through the difficult times and to act as an enabler for those that I work with to become the best version of themselves.

I have extensive experience in leading people teams in both the public and private sectors across the world. I spent a significant part of my career working in the Learning and Development field where I led learning teams across multiple outsourced partners.

I am a qualified people professional who not only has the academic background required but also has significant experience of working within an organisations most valuable assets - its people.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Institute for Learning.

My career in People and Culture has meant I have worked around the world, for brands I love, on projects that matter and most importantly with people I admire. The most rewarding part of my job is watching people develop and providing the appropriate support to help them to achieve their potential – being a part of that process is extremely rewarding and motivational.

Do you have any Professional Goals/ Aspirations for the industry?

I want to be the difference that makes the difference; creating the conditions, frameworks and approaches to enable our people to achieve and exceed.

I'm passionate about creating sustainable relationships with local schools, colleges and universities to attract future talent.

I aspire to cultivate an enriched environment where any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued.

Do you have any Personal Goals that you are hoping to achieve?

I moved to the Highlands in September 2019 with my husband and our two beautiful boys. We soon discovered the beauty in our surroundings and love spending time outdoors.

I hit the big 40 next year and have 3 goals that I am determined to achieve in my 40th year.

  • Walk the entire Caledonian Canal
  • Climb Ben Nevis
  • Spend two weeks in Anna Marie Island in Florida with the family recovering from the above.

What inspires you?

Really easy, people, they inspire me every day.

Leadership: Great leaders bring something to the table that you sometimes can’t put your finger on. Their passion and trust and respect and ability to bring people together and get them to work towards a common goal is amazing.

My Friends: No matter where I have lived in my life I have had great friends around me. They have helped me through tough times and celebrated with me in good times. They have shown me the kind of love that exists through respect and mutual adoration.

My Parents: Their love and support and hard work to raise, shelter, educate, push and nurture me is commendable and I know that I am lucky to have them.

Why do you work with GEG Group of companies?

Genuinely, it’s the people. Right from the first day I met with the Chairman, I knew there was something special about the Group. Our people are our business, they motivate me every day with their energy, talent, potential, loyalty, passion and hardworking nature

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

I have been fortunate enough to have had many mentors over the years and have received lots of advice. Some I have taken, some I have not – and often wished I had taken it later. However, if I was to pinpoint a few I would say:

  • Be kind to people; treat people as you would like to be treated and let go
  • You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending
Christine Cochrane