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Lucy Omidiran

Lucy Omidiran is the University’s HR Officer (International).

Originally from Leeds, she completed her undergraduate studies here, before qualifying as a solicitor in 1999. 

She spent the next eight years working for a firm of solicitors in the city, handling family law and emergency protection work. 

Lucy left the UK in early 2008 for Ibadan, Nigeria, where she took up a position with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Established in 1967, IITA is a non-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty and natural resource degradation. The organisation works with partners across sub-Saharan Africa to improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA has previously collaborated with Leeds on a project tackling global food insecurity, and also on pest resistance in plantain. 

Lucy was HR Manager for the international staff at IITA, and was responsible for handling issues affecting expatriate employees from 49 different countries. She handled global recruitment and selection, policy development, workplace gender mainstreaming, diversity and inclusion, as well as training and development. 

She also worked extensively on important issues for expatriate staff, including general reward management, the salary and benefits package, housing subsidy policy, health, welfare and insurance, home leave travel and provision for dependents, as well as ensuring and enhancing the general safety and wellbeing of staff and their families while working away from their home country.

Lucy’s work entailed frequent travel across sub-Saharan Africa and collaboration with a range of linked organisations and stakeholders, helping her develop a wide network of HR contacts working in the global and expatriate arena. 

After almost ten years working abroad, she returned to her home town to bring her global perspective – together with her knowledge and experience of working with expatriates – to the University in this new position. 

Tel: 0113 343 1833