‘There’s a fertile middle ground, but it can be lonely working there’

Ian Florance met ‘Scientific practitioner’ Hugh McCredie to discuss a lifetime spent working on people issues in organisations.

Hugh describes his career trajectory as ‘unusual’. ‘I didn’t go to university: I’d wanted to study history but needed to cram for Latin O-level and I wasn’t prepared to spend the time doing that. So, I got a job in the Coal Board and worked in HR long before I studied psychology or thought of myself, as I now do, as a psychologist.’

In 1966 Hugh took an IPM qualification. ‘In the first year we took two subjects – combined psychology and sociology was one, economics the other. The


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