Fourth Appoints Strategic HR Partner
Fourth, the UK’s leading hospitality operations platform, has named Karen Davies as its Strategic HR Partner.
International Consultant HR Director and founder of HR consultancy, The People Factor, Davies brings with her a wealth of hospitality sector insight and experience. Davies’ role at Fourth will be peer-to-peer, working closely with HR Directors across Fourth’s customers to help them maximise the efficiencies their technology provides.
Hailing from a hospitality HR background, Davies’ experience lies in guiding organisations and shaping growth through best-practice HR. It includes eight years at Novus Leisure, and three years at Beds and Bars Group, where she worked as a Non-Executive HR director before moving into the HR Director role, alongside stints at Scottish & Newcastle, and Spirit Group.
Davies founded The People Factor in 2015, specialising in helping operators navigate challenging situations and working with operators like Casual Dining Group, Burger King UK and Wagamama.
Simon Bocca, Chief Operating Officer at Fourth, commented: “People are rightly at the top of the agenda for high-performing operators and we want to spend time with every one of our customers to ensure HR Directors are using our systems well and getting good, reliable insight to make the best workforce decisions. Karen’s many years doing the job of our customers, coupled with deep Fourth solution knowledge, will be invaluable in supporting this and we’re delighted to have her on board.”
Davies added: “Having been around both Fourth’s software and the software users for a number of years, I’ve grown to understand the huge benefits to operators of having the Workforce Management solution. I’m eager to get talking to customers as Fourth continues its mission to support operators by strengthening their strategic capabilities and helping them dealing with the well-documented challenges the sector faces.”
Fourth’s HR software brings all HR data together, including headcount, retention and turnover, enabling automated reporting and material time efficiencies. Recruitment and on-boarding are simplified and optimised, and unique employee engagement tools mean that employees are engaged, connected and productive. By eliminating duplication, errors, unnecessary spend and administration, HR Directors can focus on people strategy and growth.