An Introduction to HR in the Gulf Region by Tim Seabourne

An Introduction to HR in the Gulf Region by Tim Seabourne

In this exclusive video for the HRTN, Tim Seabourne looks at Human Resources within the Gulf region.

Tim uses his own personal experiences in working in the region to develop his answers and looks at some of the comparisons with the UK HR industry.

In this video, Tim evaluates some of the challenges that HR faces in the Gulf region, how it is perceived by other parts of the business, as well as looking at how developed both the Talent Management and L&D functions are.


Tim Seabourne has international experience gained across a range of business sectors in Europe, US and the Middle East; he has operated at a senior level for over thirty years and is recognised as a highly effective HR consultant and management trainer.

Tim’s career started in retail management before he moved into management consultancy, specialising in Learning & Development. After heading up the European L&D function at a leading Japanese automotive manufacturer, Tim continued his international career in Amsterdam with a US based cable media company. Having established the L&D operation, he was asked to lead the HR function supporting a complex international employee base, helping to grow the business into the world’s leading international cable operator.

In 2014 Tim moved to Abu Dhabi to advise the Human Capital team at one of the UAE’s leading investment and development companies, and then set up his own consultancy business helping a major Saudi finance group tackle issues around employee engagement.

Tim’s achievements were recognized by the CIPD, who awarded him Chartered Fellowship in 2013.