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Liz joined The University of Huddersfield in April 2014 and is a Senior Lecturer in HRM/D. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Liz has considerable experience of working in HR, in both Senior HR Business Partner generalist roles and also Learning & Development policy roles, having worked for 17 years in the Retail Industry. She first graduated from the University of Hull (Business Studies and French) and subsequently joined Tesco’s graduate scheme. She was appointed to various operational roles in stores, culminating in a Head Office post as Project Manager responsible for the rollout of Change Management projects across 800 stores during a period of significant culture change for Tesco.

Following achievement of her MA in HRM from the Manchester Metropolitan University, Liz continued to work in HR roles in Retail, including leading the HR Shared Services team and HR Business Partner to Head Office support functions at Woolworths.

Before joining the University of Huddersfield, Liz worked for Asda where she joined as HR Business Partner for Retail Operations and Property teams and latterly led the Learning & Development team, responsible for the development of 170,000 colleagues across Asda. In this role, Liz led the UK stream of a global Walmart project to provide industry-leading development for the Buying Teams. She also launched a People Academy within the HR Function, which included a CIPD qualification for Store HR Managers, an HR Business Partner upskilling programme and an online Academy resource, in addition to the implementation of a learning management system and online e-learning programmes for Head Office and Logistics Managers as part of the Asda Training Academy.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Visual research methods 
  • Emotions in organisations
  • HR practitioners working lives


  • Emotions
  • HR practitioners
  • Visual research methods

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Research Output 2017 2017

Talent management: Critical perspectives

Swailes, S., Handley, J. & Rivers, E. Apr 2017 Human Resource Management: A global and critical perspective. Syed, J. & Kramar, R. (eds.). 2 ed. Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 279-297 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Talent management
Critical perspective
Institutional theory

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Oral presentation