A man whose training in acting and teaching helped him to double the turnover of an upholstery manufacturer to £55m has joined regional IT company HBP Systems in the new role of People Director.
Hull-born Lee Green has just been appointed as Group People Director with HBP Systems, which operates from offices in Scunthorpe and Hull.
The new role has been created to enhance HBP Systems’ performance by making it more employee-friendly, more closely involved with supporting good causes in the community, and ultimately winning a place on the Sunday Times list of the best 100 companies to work for in the UK.
Lee has moved to HBP Systems from Hull-based Trans2Performance, where he was Delivery & Consulting Director. He said: “As part of Trans2Performance I had been working with HBP Systems for some time on the earlier stages of their transformation. It was a natural progression for me to join the company to implement, from within, things I had been advising them to do in a consultancy role.”
Lee, who lives on the north bank in Little Weighton, was so inspired by school drama classes that he went on to train as an actor, became involved with Hull Truck Theatre, and spent ten years performing up and down the country before deciding that the time spent ‘resting’ between acting wasn’t for him. He had also trained as a teacher “so I had something to fall back on,” he said.
He went to work in sales for an upholstery manufacturer in Lancashire. “It turns out that the skills I had learned helped me not only to succeed as a salesman, but to help other members of the sales team become better salesmen. I even went in to our customers, people like John Lewis, to help their sales teams perform better. The result was that sales almost doubled to £55m in the five years I was there,” he said.
“From there I went to Trans2Performance, and it was there that I met the team from HBP Systems, and this new role grew from that. I’m very much looking forward to the new challenge.”
HBP Systems’ MD Jo Dixon said: “We have always believed that the way to make HBP Systems succeed was to focus on achieving success for our clients. Success in any kind of business will always be based on people, regardless of product, and it’s a vision Lee shares with us. I have no doubt he will be a great asset to us – and our clients – as a result.”