HRMI 2021: Debbie Alder, Director General of People and Capability, Department for Work and Pensions

Alder is the director general of human resources at the Department of Work and Pensions. She sets and leads the department's people straegy, aligning it to the business strategy and the wider Civil Service workforce plan. 

Before joining the Civil Service, Alder served 21 years in the private sector, in a variety of HR roles in the UK and abroad, across retail, manufacturing and consultancy.

Alder chairs the Civil Service HR Capability board. She is a trustee of the Whitehall and Industry Group, and a Steering Group member of Movement to Work.


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