MEMBER NEWS: Verlume welcomes Gillian Thomson to new Head of People role

September 19, 2023
MEMBER NEWS: Verlume welcomes Gillian Thomson to new Head of People role

Verlume, a specialist in clean energy system integration, intelligent energy management and energy storage, has appointed Gillian Thomson as Head of People. The newly created role reflects the business’ aim of building the team at pace to support the ongoing scaling of the company, as well as further focusing on the people behind Verlume’s industry-leading energy transition projects.

Having joined Verlume’s leadership team in late August, Gillian’s initial priorities will include delivering effective and strategic planning around people, leadership and culture, nurturing talent and promoting employee wellbeing. Gillian is set to utilise Verlume’s core values of impactful, integrity, innovation and improvement to shape inclusive growth within the business.

As a distinguished human resources professional with a proven record of accomplishment from several blue chip organisations such as Mars, Royal Bank of Scotland and Centrica, and across a number of technical and specialist sectors, Gillian has previously been named Board Member of the Year at Business Women Scotland and Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

With her background originally as an engineer, and more recently as a leadership development consultant and coach, Gillian embodies forward-looking leadership, one that is not only commercial, but also engages and empowers individuals to reach their full potential.

Richard Knox, Chief Executive Officer at Verlume said: “Gillian’s appointment as Head of People highlights our commitment to building a future-ready organisation during this period of rapid growth within the business.

“With expertise in inclusive leadership and HR strategy and delivery, Gillian’s experience aligns well with our mission to drive sustainable growth whilst prioritising our people. We believe Gillian’s leadership will be an influential driver for our next stage of growth.”

Gillian Thomson, Head of People at Verlume added: “I’m delighted to be joining Verlume at such an exciting time in its growth. Talent, leadership and culture will be critical in delivering our strategy and mission, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to ensure we continue to build a fantastic place to work, whilst also delivering our industry-leading projects.”


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