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UK: BRAIN FOOD - Matters for the mind to chew on - Tomorrow's jobs - Culture chief. - Edited by RHYMER RIGBY, rhymer.rigby@haynet.com.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Edited by RHYMER RIGBY, rhymer.rigby@haynet.com.

Name: Karen Simpson

Company: Mason Communications, IT consultants

Age: 39

Time in job: 18 months

Previous job: Office manager

What does it involve? The culture chief acts as an intermediary between management and staff and is challenged with viewing the impact of strategic decisions from an employee perspective. When necessary, they question these decisions. They also organise 'fun' staff events which 'build team spirit'. Effectively, the job is to ensure the business keeps its distinctive culture, particularly as it grows.

How did you get the job? I joined the company, after its foundation in 1993, as an administrator and was promoted to office manager. Both jobs gave me an overview - and the ear of the board. During restructuring in 1997, our chairman felt we needed a culture chief, asked me, and I accepted.

Best points? The scope of the job - anything from coaching board members to offering an independent point of view to staff members.

Worst points? As the company grows it becomes increasingly difficult to see our people and to get the whole team together.

Salary scale: £25,000-£35,000.

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