It was a glittering October for Norse Group HR Director Tricia Fuller after receiving an MBE from The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) and an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law awarded by the University of East Anglia in the space of less than a fortnight.
Tricia was at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (October 31) where she collected an MBE for services to the community after her being named in The Queen’s New Year Honours list.
And earlier in the month, Tricia was at Norwich Cathedral where Jerry White, Deputy Principal of City College Norwich, lauded her commitment to training and learning which he said has changed lives and improved the community.
Tricia presented degrees to graduating students and explained how her mum – left to bring up eight children alone in Northern Ireland following her father’s death – was determined that all six of her daughters receive a Grammar school education to give them the best chance in life.
Having worked initially as a teacher and as a manager in a supermarket in Scotland, Tricia became a training officer and then an HR manager before joining what became Norse Commercial Services 28 years ago. Today, the Norse Group has a turnover approaching £300 million.
She gave the graduates some sound advice including:
*Concentrate on what you can do rather than what you can’t
*Be inquisitive about what others around you are doing
*Remember that not everything will be a success but sometimes you learn a lot and it may come in handy later on
*Enjoy and embrace lifelong learning.
My move to what became Norse proved to be the best risk I ever took as I found myself in a role that has played to my skills and interests and allowed me to use my influence to make a contribution to the local community.
“I’ve had two fantastic days in two wonderful locations. Receiving my honorary doctorate in the beautiful surroundings of Norwich Cathedral was incredibly moving and, having been to Buckingham Palace once to see my daughter Ciara receive an OBE for services to libraries, little did I know that a return visit would ever be in the offing – let alone one so soon!
“Not many families can say they have done that and I was absolutely delighted to meet Prince William and with how both fantastic days went.
Tricia joined what was then NCS in 1990 and has become one of the UK’s leading HR professionals. She is the architect of The Norse Way, the Group’s corporate social responsibility programme.
Norse has a record of successfully recruiting and developing apprentices and is an enthusiastic supporter of Project Search, a national initiative helping students with learning difficulties make the transition to work.
Norse companies have a track record in recruiting previously unemployed people and those who might otherwise face barriers to work. It also has a network of workplace dementia champions and employs more than 9,600 people.