Michele Carter

Michele Carter has over 20 years’ experience as a HR practitioner in both the private and public sector. She has board experience having sat on the Executive Committee in the Institute of Banking and is a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development. Michele's experience gained working in General Electric and the U.K. Public Sector has aided her with more recent leadership roles in AIB. Michele is currently setting up her HR consulting practice specialising in transformation, helping organisations to build talent and teams for the future and evolve cultures to drive high performance and engagement.

What has been your career highlight to date?

Without a shadow of doubt working in AIB during the financial crisis. During this period, I worked in variety of HR leadership roles that stretched and challenged me. It built my resilience and taught me the value of collaborative relationships and being brave when striving for change.

What qualities do you need to succeed in business?

I am big believer in being yourself, being open to change and a curiosity to learn and explore new avenues. Regardless of how many balls are in the air, taking time to connect with others, listen & being attune to different perspectives.

Who or what are your main influences?

My father is a strong role model & has encouraged me to live each day to the full.

Helena Morrisey, Head of Personal Investing at Legal and General Investment Management & founder of 30% club with the goal of creating better gender balance at board level. Visionary leader & a true advocate of change for the better.

Iseult Ward, co-founder & CEO of FoodCloud. Remarkable social entrepreneur who had the vision of connecting businesses with charities that are struggling to feed people in need. Her vision and what she has achieved in such a short time is exceptional.

What is the most challenging part of your career?

For me, it's achieving balance, doing work that provides purpose and satisfies my curiosity and gives me real time for other aspects of my life that are important.

What in your view, are the biggest challenges facing directors in Ireland today?

Staying abreast of legal and regulatory requirements. Breadth & diversity of perspective.

What in your opinion makes a great leader?

Being true to yourself & others, judgement and creating the right environment for people / teams to be at their best. Reflection, pace & adaptability.

What do you hope to gain from your membership in IoD?

I am hoping to learn from others, extend my network, and find ways to actively contribute.