Christine Croombes

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Christine Croombes

Chris Croombes, strategic and inspirational director of people, is now director of IRRI’s Human Resources Services. She has more than 20 years of senior leadership and ground-level implementation experience across a wide range of not-for-profit and public sector organizations.

Chris now provides global leadership for IRRI’s human resources function and is a member of the Institute’s executive team . Her responsibilities focus on leading HR strategies that support an employee-oriented, high-performance, and mission-driven culture.

Prior to working at IRRI, Chris worked in the United Kingdom and various countries in the South Pacific, Asia, and West Africa. Chris has pioneered and tailored people processes in five large organizations and transformed policy and benefits mechanisms.


  • Human resource management, organizational development, and strategy
  • Leadership in change processes towards and following mergers/amalgamations
  • Sustainable improvement through solid people/systems solutions
  • Sustainable talent management


  • Master of Human Resource Management, Thames Valley University
  • Master of Science in Psychology of Education, University of London
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Ed: Qualified Teacher Status, Greenwich University, London
  • BSc (Honours) Psychology, East London University


  • Director, Human Resources, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, New Caledonia, South Pacific (2013-14)
  • Director, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka, Asia (2008-13)
  • Head of Staff, Development and Training, Medical Research Council, The Gambia, West Africa (2006-08)
  • Head of Leadership and Organisational Development, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, UK (2001-05)
  • Head of Employee Development, S. Gloucestershire Authority, UK (1996-2001)
  • Regional Personnel and Training Manager, Magistrates’ Courts, UK (1990-96)


  • Board director, Association of International Agriculture Research Centers (US)
  • Board director, Christopher Care Center (a registered charity and disabled children’s day care center in in Sri Lanka)
  • Board trustee and HR adviser for Relate, a UK marriage guidance service

 Christine Croombes

Ms. Christine Croombes
Director, Human Resource Services (HRS)

International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna

+63 2 580 5600