Mel AstonI currently work as Group Talent & Development co-ordinator, the role began 3 ½ years ago with me supporting the Group Talent & Development Director and the rest of the team on admin and the logistics of the global programmes, with no previous HR experience.

I have grown and developed the role enormously. Working within a small team, that delivers Leadership and Management programmes to a global business with over 100 attractions in 23 countries, liaising with HR Director’s and L&D Manager’s around the globe and external suppliers. I have also been instrumental in the creation of several new programmes and initiatives as well as leading on Merlin’s Diversity Agenda. Working closely with the Group HR Director, and Executive Diversity Champions, I ensure that improving our Diversity is a priority across our business.

Previously I started my career in Hotel Management, working within operations and guest relations departments, with companies such as Marriott / De Vere / Crown Plaza and Le Meriden. My next move took me into the Conference & Events industry working at the Royal College of Physicians in Regents Park, London for 6 years.

I am extremely passionate about Merlin, they’re a great company with so many opportunities that gives you the chance to put your own personal touch to the role and the support you are able to offer to the wider global team.