UK: SLOT FOR A SUPERHUMAN - INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY DIRECTOR.

UK: SLOT FOR A SUPERHUMAN - INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY DIRECTOR. - Wanted: a director for the Industrial Society, the independent training and advisory body. Must be 'powerfully energetic, a superb communicator, and au fait enough with public life not to be sedu

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Wanted: a director for the Industrial Society, the independent training and advisory body. Must be 'powerfully energetic, a superb communicator, and au fait enough with public life not to be seduced by it'. Must have 'proven track record in business and public life; understanding of advanced management theories; ability to champion the society publicly without any self-seeking motives, and to get the society the share of the limelight it deserves'.

Rhiannon Chapman, who quit the job last December after two-and-a-half years, cites other requirements: 'I was there for 15 hours a day ... it was making huge in-roads in my life.'

Chapman thinks the society will have problems finding her successor. She claims that the Government uses appointments to the society's governing council as no more than an honours system - 'the council ends up being very, very non-executive'. And the director ends up having to fulfil two roles, 'external ambassador and manager of the business'.

And all this from a body that aims to help companies make the best of their staff.

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