I got into HR by accident as a result of wanting to make sure that when you are in the workplace, you continue to learn and are trained properly, rather than being left to sink or swim in a role. It was my belief that training should not just be about how to do things, but to understand the culture of the Company you were working for.
Along the way I found out there was more to HR than just Learning and Development and found myself enjoying the other parts of the role as well, which have also expanded to include an appreciation of how HR works well with other areas, such as Marketing, Finance and IT.
I have been working as an Independent HR Consultant since 2017. It started when I was approached by some of my former colleagues from Otley College to help with various things – giving someone advice on their CV as they’d been made redundant, giving support to a local charity who needed some employee documents written and giving ongoing support for a friend’s small business that didn’t need a full time HR person but needed someone to go to as a sounding board for advice on how to manage some situations.
In addition to being FCIPD qualified (Charted Institute of Personnel and Development), I also hold a NEBOSH General Certificate and am qualified in Job Evaluation.
I am passionate about HR and am keen to work with local businesses to help them be legally compliant with their employment practices so they can focus on doing what they need to do. I don’t see HR as a support service but as a function that can help drive your business in the direction you need it to.
I am always keen to understand each business I work with, as well as their culture, which enables me to find bespoke solutions for their needs.