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INTERVIEW


Brid spotlight on photography by louise haywood-schiefer B Nunn


rid Nunn has worked for Marks & Spencer in a wide variety or roles,


having forged her career in the business within commercial roles and currently within L&D. She has worked as a buying assistant in Lingerie and Kidswear, delivered the fi rst centralised retail communications team for stores, and has been out in a fi eld role as a commercial store development manager supporting new stores. L&D beckoned in 2009 when


Brid joined to cover a maternity leave and since then she has headed up the global design team supporting retail colleagues, as well as currently heading up the systems L&D team, Logistics, Property and Finance L&D academies. Brid is the current holder of the


L&D professional of the year award from the TJ Awards 2015, the M&S team also won in conjunction with Media Zoo, the best operational


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programme for their Customer Assistant Induction programme last year. Other awards that Brid has been connected to include: the Cannes Corporate Media Awards 2013and the E-Learning Awards in 2012 and 2015.


Why training and how did you start?


My story is not a typical HR/L&D story. In fact, I have spent a much greater part of my career not in HR, which I genuinely feel has given me a much broader background for my role in L&D. I am a naturally curious person,


have a lot of common sense, and like to challenge myself to take things on. I have a constant hunger to learn and develop. I started my career in M&S as a PA in Foods, and quickly moved into buying within Kidswear and Lingerie. I then looked at what was next and secured a role in marketing as a communication and décor assistant. I then moved into a retail





Inspiring people and challenging projects have shaped Brid Nunn’s L&D experience. Now she shares some of her most exciting work with TJ


I had a huge wealth of commercial knowledge, I fully understood how stores work and operate, and I had a sense of ‘what I don’t know, I can learn’


communications role responsible for central retail communications as well as the retail conferences. T is gave me a huge understanding of retail and how it operates, and triggered my next role as a store developer. T is role allowed me to gain a much more commercial understanding of the business as I was working directly with store colleagues to deliver the best commercial space and equipment for their store, while infl uencing Heads of Region and the


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