Lucy McGibbon - Learning & Development Director
Lucy McGibbon has been involved with Highgate House since she was just 18 months old and the Chudley family moved to the Creaton property. After leaving school she was involved mainly in the food and beverage department, before she completed a course in Cardio-Vascular Preventative Exercise and, in the newly-installed gymnasium, ran a health club for our customers and people in the local community. At the same time she was also pursuing an equestrian career, but a broken neck at a Junior European Trial restricted her involvement in that sport to hobby status.
About 15 years ago Lucy began to develop an interest in the training and development of teams and individuals, and together with her brother Tim Chudley was the driving force behind the creation and installation of Teamscapes. The idea behind our series of team building activities came when they were watching a group bringing equipment to Highgate House by the van-full and asking themselves 'what if it was here on-site already?'. From that question arose a series of 15 indoor-and-outdoor activities that are unique to Sundial Group in the UK, but have been licensed to a group of Conference Centres in Australia.
Lucy became a Director of Sundial Group Ltd when it was formed in 1998. Originally our 'Resources Director', she took responsibility across the business for our facilities, buildings and people. As Sundial grew (and employed more people) she decided to focus entirely on people and is now our Human Resources Director. In 1999 she guided Sundial Group though the Investors in People accreditation in the fastest time recorded in Northamptonshire. In 2007 she signed the Skills Pledge on our behalf at its launch event.
Outside of work Lucy undertakes regular outdoor charitable activities and has recently completed the Trans-Andes Challenge, a horseback ride across the South American mountain range, climbing to over 4,500m altitude on horseback, and raising over £11,000 for the Prince's Trust in the process. The year before that she completed the 'Moonwalk', walking the London Marathon route at midnight in a decorative bra to raise money for a breast cancer charity. She also recently spent four days covering fifty miles over the Brecon Beacons, climbing eight notable peaks in that time accompanied by a dozen 12 year olds to raise money for The Mango Tree, a Kenyan charity promoting education for orphans. In 2007, along with members of the Sundial Team, she canoed 50 miles along Shropshire Canals as part of the Endeavour Canoe Challenge. The Sundial Team raised the most money of any team competing, while Lucy personally raised the most of any individual taking part.
Lucy is on a personal mission to provide young people with an easier and clearer route from education to employment. She is working with a number of national programme developers, as well as with the teachers at a local school to make this happen. As a result of her initial involvement, she delivered training to Sixth Form tutors from the school, and last summer its 2008 Sixth Form intake students underwent our accredited team building programme.
Lucy is a trustee of the Chrysalis Programme, which is a charity that provides developmental training to ex-offenders giving them a chance to enter the world of employment. She is also involved in business groups including the Northamptonshire Leaders' Group, and was recently invited to attend a day session on entrepreneurialism for women at the House of Lords. Her latest achievement is having been appointed as a member of the Governing Body at The University of Northampton, she was thrilled when the university approached her in February 2009 and is very excited by the prospect of being part of a new team as of September 2009, when the new academic year begins.
Lucy lives in Northamptonshire with her husband David and their son Christopher.
Telephone: 01604 731790
Address: Sundial Group, Highgate House, Groom's Lane, Creaton, Northampton. NN6 8NN