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Work Life: Bethan Lewis, vice-president of HR at global jewellery brand Pandora

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Bethan Lewis, 39, is vice president of HR at global jewellery brand Pandora. She lives in Wimbledon with her partner, Matt and at weekends, her 14 and 12-year-old stepsons. 

"I love mornings so even when I’m tired, I’m looking forward to the day ahead. I decide what to wear the evening before, so I can squeeze in a trip to the gym before my early commute.

The most reliable pieces in my wardrobe are a well-fitting, smart pair of jeans or trousers with my favourite black Sandro dinner jacket that goes with anything. Simple, silk shirts are my favourite and I wear block, mid heels as we have ergonomic desks – and there is a lot of standing involved.

My train journey is quiet so a great time to read a book or catch up on my emails. We provide breakfast in the office and I have a sweet tooth, so a good coffee and yoghurt with granola and honey will set me up for the day.

I love meeting people and identifying the right talent to join the team. I am responsible for developing those people and ensuring we have a brilliant working environment that energises our employees. The welfare of our employees is so important, so it's key that I can be able to ensure we have a strong wellbeing programme, great benefits, development opportunities and that my door is always open for people.

If I had to pick one stand-out moment from my time here I would say it would be visiting our production facilities in Thailand. I first visited a few years ago and was incredibly impressed by the whole organisation. Each piece of jewellery is handmade – which is astounding when you consider in 2014 alone over 91 million pieces were manufactured.

Working for a jewellery brand has really taught me that accessorising is everything. One day I might choose a simple pair of studs with a silver bangle, and other days I will wear a couple of ring stacks and layered necklaces. My favourite piece of jewellery is my Pandora Essence bracelet which is very special to me – it is different to our traditional charm bracelet in that each charm represents a different inner value, such as Faith, Wisdom or Loyalty. It adds a really personal touch to any outfit.

The most rewarding part of my job is the development of our employees. Having been here since the beginning, I have seen so many people who I recruited at a junior level progress within the organisation and that is hugely rewarding. Someone I recruited in 2010 as a receptionist became a trainer and is now a retail operations manager, which is amazing.

If I hadn’t gone into HR, my plan B would have been to be a teacher or a children’s nurse. My nephew was treated for cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital this year and the level of care and support that they provided for him and my sister and brother in-law was awe inspiring. Those doctors and nurses are so kind and capable and the difference they make to people’s lives is remarkable.

After work, I might do a barre core class, meet friends for dinner or cook at home with Matt. I change out of my work clothes the moment I step through the door. I love the White Company and Hush for lounge/nightwear and freshen up with Neal’s Yard products before bed – their orange flower facial oil is divine.

My style out of work is a lot more casual. I live in Whistles jeans, Claudie Pierlot sweatshirts and Breton tops are my favourite, in every colour.”

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