Brechin woman becomes Chartered Fellow

Heather Crabb, who lives in Brechin, has achieved professional success by being named as a Chartered Fellow by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The CIPD is the professional body for human resources and people development responsible for setting the rigorous process for achieving fellowship status.

Mrs Crabb said: “I am absolutely delighted to be awarded the fellowship. It is a mark of esteem within your professional life.”

Mrs Crabb, who attended Monifieth High, went on to study Modern History and International Relations at St Andrews University. Inspired by a talk at a career fair in her final year, she went to Dundee College and gained a Diploma in Personnel Management (Institute of Personnel and Development) before landing a job as a human resources (HR) assistant for HMP Friarton, Perth.

Since May 1999, Mrs Crabb has worked for the University of Aberdeen and following the fellowship accolade in March, has accepted a new role as executive assistant and project officer to the University Secretary.

Her advice to pupils on the brink of working life is to consider HR, and to join up to CIPD as it is essential while working in the field. She added: “This career gives you a huge amount of transferable skills, as well as working with people it opens up many opportunities.”