Graduate profile: Sotiris Kyriacou
Subject of study: MA Personnel and Development
Year of graduation: 2009
Name of company/employer: NHS London
Current position/job title: Head of Finance Development & Professionalism
WHAT DOES YOUR CURRENT ROLE INVOLVE?
In my current role as the Head of Finance Development and Professionalism, I look after the development needs of the finance professional (4,000 staff), across 72 trusts in London.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER DEVELOPED SINCE GRADUATING FROM WBS?
Since obtaining my MA in Personnel and Development and CIPD from the University of Westminster in January 2010, I am playing a bigger role in workforce development and transformation across all professional groups in NHS London.
HAVE THERE BEEN ANY CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY AND IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
The biggest challenge facing NHS London at the moment is funding. The Finance function must play a critical part in delivering efficiencies, and help healthcare for London achieve all its goals. Finance will be a critical strategic partner in ensuring this happens.
HOW HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AT WBS - THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT, ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL LIFE - SHAPED OR HELPED YOU IN YOUR CAREER?
Writing a dissertation and undertaking research methodology has taught me to question information, and challenge its source. My interpretation of data and analysis of information has greatly improved. The technical HR knowledge I have obtained has helped me to develop into a HR and OD expert and strategic player.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER OR PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE?
Achieving a Masters in Personnel and Development was a big highlight for me. It was always my personal ambition to educate myself to Masters level, this has now begun to extend my working network and credibility.
WHERE HAVE YOU TAKEN YOUR ADVICE AND INSPIRATION FROM?
I use executive coaches to support my development, progression and performance. My coach is my inspiration.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
My plans are to move into a more senior development role at director level within the NHS.
ANY OTHER INFORMATION?
Completing my studies significantly gave me the self belief and motivation to train as an internal NHS coach, and be involved in wider HR and HRD issues with the NHS. I am challenging and stretching myself more than I ever have, and feel as though I am moving along a path to something bigger and better in my life and career.