Prior to joining the BBC in 2014, Valerie was Group HR Director at support services organisation Amey, with responsibility for the HR, Marketing/Communications and Health, Safety and Sustainability strategy for 20,000 employees. During this time she led the people integration of 10,000 employees from acquired company Enterprise into Amey.
She previously held the role of Group HR Director for Steria, based in Paris, and with global responsibility for 20,000 employees. She joined Steria in 2007 as a result of the acquisition of Xansa by Steria and was responsible for the people merger of the two organisations. She had worked at Xansa for 10 years, initially on a part-time basis while bringing up a young family, and then moving to become Group HR Director in 2004. In addition to leading the HR function she developed a new HR Outsourcing service line for the organisation from India.
Her earlier career was spent initially at Selfridges as a Personnel Manager and then working at EDS (now Hewlett Packard), which she joined while living in the Netherlands. She spent four years there, initially heading up European Recruitment and then becoming HR Director for Northern Europe. She transferred to the UK with the organisation as head of European Compensation and Benefits before becoming UK HR Director.
She is a Fellow of the CIPD and has a B. Com. degree from Birmingham University. Outside of the BBC she mentors final year students from Birmingham University, is a Court member for the Guild of HR professionals and adviser to the Remuneration Committee of the Donmar Warehouse theatre.