Meet The FA's HR Advisor, Tes Ludlow

Published: 01 Apr 2018


Tes is responsible for delivering HR projects and leads on people initiatives. She offers her insight and knowledge to coach line managers across the business, and is there for the management team to support and guide them through changes to the organisation. Alongside this, she helps to attract and recruit amazing people to join the team, then works with the people to help develop themselves to be the best they can.

What does your working day look like?

I like to start with a visit to the on-site gym before I get to the office each morning; it really helps me get energised for the day ahead.  Our team will often meet in the Dugout for a cup of tea, to talk through the work that we are each involved in and plan the day’s tasks.

It’s a cliché, but every day really does bring something different in my role.  I could be interviewing for a new role with the England Team Manager or discussing any number of issues with a home-based employee on the phone.

St. George’s Park is an exciting and vibrant place to come into work every day, there is always something happening, whether the England teams are in for a training camp or all of the team coaches and support staff are meeting to plan and prepare for the next International fixtures. There is a real buzz and you can tell that everybody is determined to do their best work to support the squads.

What is your favourite thing about working at The FA?

Outside of the office, I am lucky enough to be able to go and watch our Men and Women’s England Teams from youth to senior teams.  I’ve even had the chance to walk out onto the Wembley pitch at the start of the FA SSE Women’s Cup Final.

What is your favourite thing about your role?

I get to work with incredible people who are all at the top of their game in what they do.  I learn so much from my colleagues every day.

What was your career path before The FA:

I’ve worked in so many different places. I started my career path in HR with roles at Sainsbury’s and Trent & Dove Housing. At Trent & Dove Housing I was lucky enough to be offered a careers exchange to spend time in Kentucky USA, gaining a perspective of how HR looks like in a different country.

My HR qualifications include a Level 3, 5 and 7 CIPD qualified and a BA (Hons) in Business Management.

What are the most important skills that you use in your role?

Be patient and empathetic, this is so important.  Working in HR, if you aren’t able to truly engage with people, you will struggle to gain their trust.

I like to take skills and attributes from the best leaders I have worked with.  These people have been inspirational, motivating, and compassionate.  They have integrity and really love what they do.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to follow a similar career path?

There are so many opportunities within the world of HR.  You can take your skills and work in almost any type of industry.  My main advice would be to really understand the business you work in, be credible and accountable and that way you can make a real difference.

How would you describe the culture at The FA?

There is a sense of empowerment/ownership. It is a diverse and progressive culture in a challenging environment.

What would you say about the development opportunities at The FA?

There is always scope for you to develop yourself and progress your career.   It’s a great working environment and you are always encouraged to be the best you can.

How would you describe the senior management team at The FA?

They are all really well connected to the employees.  Their varied experiences, progressive thinking and diverse backgrounds bring a fresh approach to the FA.

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