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Michelle Westwood


Michelle Westwood

Strategic Head of HR, Transitioning from 20 years in the Royal Navy

Michelle's professional bio / interests

Strategic human resources leader, bringing an energy and passion to deliver organisational objectives and end to end change. I lead ethically, building, and engendering teams to achieve sustainable success for people and organisations. My experience is validated via a professional PhD, Chartered FCIPD, and 20 years as a logistics and HR officer in the Royal Navy, where most recently I drove the transformation of the lived experience for more than 30,000 people, routinely influencing board level decisions. I have championed minority groups, changing employee policy to improve retention and satisfaction. I am a trustee of two charities. Transitioning into the private sector from September 2022, I seek new HR leadership opportunities to focus my energy and skills: enabling the organisation, team and myself to grow and thrive.

I’d like help with…

Discovering companies and sectors that will welcome me to their teams, who are equally excited as I am to bring their workforce on their journey to achieve success.

An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…

A Lego duck provided an epiphany regarding my leadership behaviours

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A career highlight

Leading my department in a warship to be the best in the region in delivering HR and Logistics. Seeing my team grow in confidence as they realised they had potential yet to be discovered.




Joined Guild

May 20, 2022