Jabbar Sardar, HR director, BBC Studios
Paul Creber, September 17, 2018
Jabbar Sardar is HR director for BBC Studios, the commercial subsidiary of the BBC that oversees TV production, channels and distribution globally
With more than 3,000 people based across 16 countries and 25 cities, the organisation was formed in April 2018 by merging the legacy distribution (BBC Worldwide) and production (BBC Studios) arms of the BBC.
Sardar joined the BBC in January 2016 and reports into BBC group HR director Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth. For the past four years Sardar has featured as one of HR magazine's Most Influential Practitioners.
He joined the BBC from Cafcass where he was director of HR and OD. Here he helped to transform the workplace culture into one with high engagement, low sickness levels, innovation and high standards. He has led an agenda of total organisational and cultural change, moving Cafcass from being ‘on the edge’ in 2010 to ‘cutting-edge’ in 2014.
He did this by building an infrastructure that allowed Cafcass to achieve the right balance between a challenging but supportive performance culture. In a sector often associated with poor employee engagement, high sickness and a lack of innovation, Sardar's pioneering use and implementation of wellbeing, performance management, learning and development and general workplace tools was transformational for the organisation, and was carried through the wider social work profession and public sector. This improvement journey culminated in 2014 when Cafcass was assessed by Ofsted as ‘good with outstanding leadership’
Before Cafcass Sardar was a senior HR professional within a number of large public sector organisations.
He is chair of the International Advisory Board at the School of Management at the University of Bradford, and has been a trustee of Roffey Park since April 2018. He is also on the steering group for the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA).
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Twitter handle: @JabbarSardar