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Durham University

About Durham University

Joanne Race, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development


The Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development has responsibility for enabling the efficient and effective management of the University’s workforce, including its diversity and wellbeing, with a strong focus on talent management and promotion, leadership development, employment law and remuneration policy.

She is responsible for shaping and leading the strategic direction of the Human Resources function and for ensuring the achievement of the aims and objectives outlined in the People Strategy.

Professional background and expertise

Joanne joined Durham University in 1996 as a Human Resources Business Partner and has held a variety of roles since then including most recently as Deputy Human Resources Director. Joanne was appointed to the role of Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in 2018. Before joining the University she worked in financial services, the IT sector and the NHS.

Education and qualifications

Joanne has an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management from Durham University Business School and is a Chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.