Joe Mccollum

13 Stanley Point Road, Devonport, Auckland, 0624, New Zealand                                       [email protected]                                                  +64 27 27 5556665

Work experience

Work experience
Nov 2012 - Present

Human Resource Director

Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ)


After relocating to New Zealand, was appointed as the Group HR Director for one of NZ's largest public companies-Telecom NZ-employing 7, 000, with a market cap of $3. 5bn. As a member of the Leadership Team with overall group responsibility for HR, have played a pivotal role in instigating a rapid turnaround in the company “ leading by example”, reduced the HR function from 87 people($12m) to 20 people($4m) within first 90 days and a major reshaping of bureaucratic, not-fit-for-purpose HR practices … which set the model/tone for removing $120m in overall people cost in first 8 months-resulting in 1, 200+ redundancies-probably bigger/braver in magnitude than ever previously witnessed in NZ Help instil an“ owners mindset” to better evaluate spend/investment, which is targeted to deliver revolutionary savings in coming 18-24 months

Mar 2008 - May 2012

Human Resource Director

LONDON, ENGLAND Group Human Resource Director DMGT is a“ family owned” public company(where the family owns the entire voting stock) headed by Lord Rothermere. DMGT was made up of a portfolio of 35+ businesses spanning newspapers through to events businesses, radio businesses through to highly technical B2B information businesses-the majority of which are #1 or 2 players in their particular niche markets. The brief in this very entrepreneurial environment was to“ get the people agenda to the heart of the company”-establishing a low cost, high value-adding HR function-that was“ fleet of foot” Established a world-class talent process across all businesses concentrating on critical roles Launched a highly acclaimed Leadership Assessment Centre for hi-potentials across the Group Overseen the transition to a new CEO and two new Board Directors
Apr 2005 - Oct 2007

Human Resource Director

EMI Group
LONDON, ENGLAND Human Resource Director, A member of the Operating Board responsible for the HR function across EMI(total turnover of£ 2bn+, 6000 people). In this creative environment, highlights of the role were: Establishing a Talent ID process and“ hard wiring” the process into day-to-day management Overhauling compensation to reflect the new commercial reality Key member of restructuring team that reduced overhead by 30%
Jun 1999 - Mar 2005

Human Resources Director

EVESHAM, ENGLAND Group Human Resources Director Member of the Operating Board responsible for the HR function across Misys, a£ 1bn+ market leader in software to the Banking Industry, Financial Services and the US Healthcare market, with 6, 500+ employees worldwide. 60% of the cost of business was people-orientated, highlights of this role were: Establishing from zero the HR function, with the emphasis on talent management. Handling the HR implications of over 15 acquisitions since 1999-including due diligence, reorganisation, executive changes, culture change programmes Overhauling the executive compensation system Overseen Board succession to replace the existing“ founder” structure
Jan 1998 - Jun 1999

Human Resources Director

LONDON, ENGLAND Group Human Resources Director As a member of the Executive Management Team, overhauled the HR function for ICI-a£ 6.5bn global specialty chemicals and paints business, with 65, 000 employees worldwide. The company was undergoing enormous infrastructural change at the time-selling a number of its“ non-core” commodity businesses, while acquiring faster growing, more market-facing businesses. The achievements in this role were: Reduced corporate centre costs by 50% Lead the HR agenda away from internal measurements towards external market competitiveness
1989 - 1997

Human Resources Director

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND Human Resources Director Responsible for the HR implications of helping lead Lion Nathan from being a New Zealand-based retail and hotel conglomerate employing 18, 000 people, to becoming one of the leading beverage companies across Asia and the Pacific with brewing and Pepsi operations in New Zealand, Australia and China, with a workforce totalling 3, 500. Highlights included: Established the HR function including a full pay-for-performance system Installed worldclass HR systems(as assessed in 1996 by McKinsey & Co) Restructured workplace so that 90% of employees are now employed on an individual pay-for-performance basis Developed a graduate recruitment programme resulting in Lion Nathan being recognised as“ Most Preferred Employer”, three years in succession Developed extensive in-house training programmes, including external accreditation by the Technical Council of Australia Developed successful HR plan for China operation
1984 - 1989

Director of Employee Relations

NEW YORK, USA 1987-1989 Director of Employee Relations Responsible for senior level recruiting for Pepsi's international soft drinks business and co-ordinating HR functional responsibilities for PCI's regional business worldwide
1984 - 1987

Director of Personnel

Director of Personnel, Responsible for the HR function across Middle East and African divisions, two of Pepsi's most profitable business centres. Also achieved the integration of 7UP into the Pepsi business
1979 - 1984

Director of Employee Relations

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA 1981-1984 Director of Employee Relations Responsible for providing full HR services to 3, 000 expatriate employees across four different hospital sites.“ Full range” of services covered HR, training, housing, entertainment, recreation, schooling, etc
1979 - 1981

Personnel Action Specialist

Personnel Action Specialist
1974 - 1979


BIRMINGHAM, UK General HR duties including senior level physician recruitment



National Certificate

University of Michigan

Bournville College