Celia has extensive experience as a human resources professional in the food service sector, hotels and the cruise industry, as both an internal and external consultant.
She worked initially across regional training roles, then over a decade ran her own business with a wide variety of clients across the hospitality sector. One of those clients then persuaded her to join them – this was the start of her relationship with P&O and Cunard, links which are still current today. This experience is now brought to bear at Solent as real world scenarios bring theory to life, enabling students to apply their learning.
Celia is an HR consultant in my own business. She is a registered centre for Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, an Investors in People consultant advising organisations towards accreditation, and a consultant for Business Link delivering expertise for small business.
Celia was head of training for 10 ships in the cruising brands of P&O and Cunard, leading a team consisting of peripatetic on board trainers and the training team in the manning office in Mumbai, India. She was responsible for the training cycle of compliance, vocational training and professional development for approximately 9000 on board hotel crew.
She has also held various training roles in the food service sector, ultimately including setting up and running the T&D function in the south of England, covering 1500 staff.
Celia's research interests lie in student placement experience and impact on employability, encouraging participation in placements, and employer perceptions towards student placement.