Paul Horrell

Human Resource professional, archaeologist, and online gamer...

I decided to create this site to share my passion for a few topics and to get myself back in the habit of writing.

 

My earliest interests while studying at high school (secondary) was the sciences and I was really interested in physics, chemistry, and biology, however, as I got to the end of my studies I began to discover a passion for ancient (and prehistoric) cultures and civilizations.

 

So, off I went to study (BA Hons) Ancient History and Archaeology at Liverpool University. As I progressed through the curriculum and got to add elective modules in my second and third years I became more fascinated in human thought and behaviour and how this could be understood through both the material and philological records. My dissertation examined the proto-literate religious iconography of Iraq (the Halaf, Ubaid, and Uruk periods).

Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I was fixed on a course to complete a Ph.D. examining how we can apply contemporary approaches of the study of religion to the archaeological record. I enrolled in a Ph.D. course at Bath Spa University College that involved also participating in the Study of Contemporary Religions MA. When I find time I will post sections of the thesis I wrote but never completed.

Life always throws up challenges and opportunities that may not follow "the plan". In 2006, before completing my Ph.D. I decided to move to France and take the opportunity to work for the computer game company Blizzard Entertainment. My original plan was to work for 6 months in Paris but on my 2nd week I met my now wife, and 6 months became over a decade. The arrival of children in 2011 and 2014 also influenced remaining in France but it also increased my interest in psychology. Especially developmental psychology.

In 2009 I had the opportunity to mix my love for Blizzard, management science, and learning by creating the Learning & Development team in Europe within the Customer Service department. It was at this point I abandoned my Ph.D. and instead started an MBA. I focused my MBA in Human Resources and specifically Organisational Learning. At the beginning of 2015, I moved under Human Resources in Blizzard leading the Talent and Organisational Development function for the EMEA region.

In 2017 I decided to undertake a Master of Science in Applied Psychology with Robert Gordon University, and indeed, this was the catalyst to creating this site. I also decided to train for and complete a olympic standard triathlon on 2018 at the Paris Triathlon.

 

Professionally, I left Blizzard in 2019 after implementing a redundancy (plan social) which is complicated at best in France, and took a role in tech, blockchain, a startup in Paris called ULTRA. I joined as head of HR and spent 5 months setting up the HR function. In March 2020 I joined Microsoft to lead their talent development for France. I wanted to experience how talent and leadership development was done at such a Trillion dollar scale. 

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