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Andrea Thompson

Assoc CIPD, Director

Human Resources Service

023 8201 3471 ext. 3471

Role at Solent

Andrea’s main focus is to lead the development and implementation of the University’s human resources strategy, and lead the human resources team to ensure the provision of a professional customer service to support the University in achieving its mission and aims.

As part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Group and the Senior Management Team, Andrea puts forward and develops new ideas and strategies to address both Institutional and HR issues.

Andrea leads a team of 20 and, supported by a deputy director, is overall responsible for the following areas:

  • HR strategy and operational planning
  • Recruitment, selection and induction
  • Discipline and grievance
  • Performance management
  • Job evaluation
  • Workforce planning and sustainability
  • Employee relations
  • Training and development
  • HR Information, systems and policy development

Andrea provides professional advice and guidance to the senior team on all human resource matters. She is also responsible for overseeing the University’s People Experience strategic priority, continuing the professional development ethos, for the benefit of all staff.

Andrea plays a key role in liaison with external organisations, as well as representing the University at corporate events, conferences, meetings and human resource management issues events.


Andrea has over 30 years' experience in human resources, working in large private, public and retail sectors.


  • CIPD.
  • ILM Level 7 in Leadership Management.

Committee membership

  • Vice-Chancellor's Group.
  • Senior Management Team.
  • Management Board.
  • Board of Governors - Resources Committee.
  • Management Information Technology Committee (MITC).