The HR&D national team

The team

The National HR and Development team, as part of our annual away day split into small groups to accomplish our Duke of Edinburgh Diamond challenge, which was to build and donate brand new bikes to a worthy charity – Teens Unite fighting cancer a local charity co-founded by Debbie Pezzani, and Karen Millen (OBE) in 2007.

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Team members

The National Human Resources and Development team (of approximately 95 employees).

HR&D national team

Skill and team development

Our challenge was to build 12 new bikes with the help from the Charity Bike Build Company to donate to Teens Unite Fighting Cancer. Thankfully there were experienced mechanics to hand to ensure the bikes were roadworthy however having heard from those that would receive the bikes, it gave the team a real purpose and a huge amount of responsibility to ensure we paid attention and got it right.


To ensure we covered off all aspects of the challenge we asked Kirsty from the Charity Bike to design a treasure trail within the grounds of the venue, Hanbury Manor in Ware – the aim was to collect vouchers to then spend accessorising the bikes during the bike build and ultimately win the prize for the ‘best bike’.

Challenge update

The team knew nothing about the challenge and what it would entail, being asked in advance to register themselves, order their t-shirts and arrive on the day (back in May) equipped with comfortable, waterproof clothing! To set the scene we invited guest speakers from Teens Unite and DofE to learn how the charities had helped them overcome their difficulties. Georgia had contracted Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 21 and the bike, which had been donated 18 months prior, was a crucial part of her rehabilitation. Chloe from DofE had overcome learning difficulties, gained confidence and turned her life around with the support of the DofE.

See our recent press release for our challenge report.

HR&D national team bike build