HR has often lamented its lack of profile in the boardroom - with many seeing the CFO or CMO as a natural successor to the CX and in some businesses the 'Head of People' not represented on the top table . 

It's been fascinating to read the business press over the past few weeks and note the huge increase in staff, rather than shareholder stories - and the importance of sensitive but forward-facing HR. 

The big division is between those HR teams that are working through the current disaster - and looking to 'get back to normal' post-lockdown and those that are using it as an opportunity to re-evaluate their purpose and markets; fundamentally reviewing their structures, analytics and processes - and applying the learnings from being forced to operate differently. 

I know which group I'll put money on to clinch those top jobs