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  • Stephen Preddy, Remuneration & Performance Manager, Suncorp, New Zealand

    Like many historically traditional career paths, I followed my father’s footsteps and joined him in his one man band business as a signwriter as soon as I left school. This art was quickly replaced with technological solutions, making traditional signwriting one of those dying arts that will unlikely be ever seen again as a trade, and the end of my Father’s Father & Son business.

    Following this I, like many, took the brave decision to face the challenges of moving from the comfort zone of the homeland to working in Australia and New Zealand.

    The hotel industry was a fantastic enabler for this, and to this day, I still reflect that this industry gave me the skills and experiences I have been able to incorporate in all levels of work and in life.

    These experiences ultimately led me on the path of Human Resources, and more specifically the field of remuneration and benefits, a field I have now been working in for c17 years.

    The past 10+ years has seen me permanently move from the UK to New Zealand, where I have been very fortunate to be in a HR role that is in constant states of change and rewards.

    Looking forward, as I was once told, the future is blind. But what we do know is that it won’t be the same.

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