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Welcome to our Member’s page at Network York…
Our team are listed here and by clicking on their names you will be able to learn lots more about who they are and what they do.
Feel free to contact any of them if you wish to follow up and utilise their incredible skill sets.

Olivia Brabbs Commercial and Advertising Photographer

Olivia Brabbs Olivia Brabbs photography

Olivia is a commercial and advertising photographer working with people and places that value quality and authenticity across their visual branding. She is renowned for her storytelling approach which gets to the heart of the ethos of a business by creating images that give a genuine feel for people, products, services and facilities. She has been working for over 13 years with companies and agencies to create images for websites, marketing and advertising campaigns, annual reports, social media content, brochures and point of sale.
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Refusing to niche to a specific genre of photography Olivia loves working with a diverse range of clients. Her adaptable approach fits perfectly for many clients who may need a range of different photography styles across a single commission. For example, a typical hospitality brief will require photography of food, people, interiors and services. In a single week it’s not unusual to see Olivia working on a fashion campaign, then a food shoot finally shifting into a manufacturing environment to document work roles and production. Great images are all about great light and Olivia is experienced at tackling the lighting challenges that working on location can bring.

Olivia had a previous career as an Occupational Therapist and brings this experience to her photography, particularly with her skill for gently reassuring people to achieve really natural images. Her approach ties in beautifully where a commission requires a more sensitive and intuitive approach such as charity and social care briefs.

Olivia lives in central York with her family. Her work takes her across Yorkshire and often further afield. Fast train links make London based commissions easily accessible.
Tel: 07779 345819
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Charlotte Harrison, Founding Partner and M.D. of mass architecture
Charlotte Harrison, BA(Hons), DipArch(UCL), RIBA, MA, graduated from the Bartlett in 1999. Charlotte co-organised an international festival of architecture in Leeds before joining Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects, where she ran projects for Shelter and the Barbican Arts Centre.

Together with Glen McGowan she formed mass architecture in 2004 in London and moved to York in 2009.

Charlotte has been a design tutor and lecturer in 20th Century Theory of Architecture at Universities in London, Leeds and Sheffield.

mass architecture are currently working within the Yorkshire region on:
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New contemporary, homes (PassivHaus, CfSH)
Refurbishment/Extensions of period houses, often in Conservation Areas
New-build or conversion commercial projects – retail units, restaurants, offices (BREEAM)
New-build or conversion community buildings – Community Halls, Sports Halls, sports facilities, school extensions, nursery buildings
Church conservation/refurbishment projects


Feasibility studies
Investigating the feasibility of a project in terms of the client’s aspirations and requirements

Measured surveys
Producing or arranging an accurate survey of an existing building or arranging a topographic survey

Historic Building Assessment/Conservation management plan
Making an appraisal of what is important (significant) about a particular building and why. This is required in order to know how changes ought to be made (if at all) to an historic building

Public consultation / Community engagement
Helping to communicate to and engage the individuals or groups that live/work near to a place where a new building/facility is being proposed

Development appraisals
Looking at the scope of what can potentially be built on a given piece of land and what this might provide in terms of a return on investment

Developing design proposals
This can be through a range of media such as sketches, models and computer generated images

Applying for statutory approvals
Planning applications, listed building applications, building control applications. Planning Appeals

Appointing consultants
Advising on and appointing any other consultants specifically required. For example, structural and building services engineers, cost consultants and energy consultants

Preparing construction information
Producing technical construction drawings, schedules and specifications

Obtaining tenders for building work
Drawing up a list of appropriate tenderers and overseeing the tendering process

Administering a building contract
Administering the building contract between the client and the builder to ensure that both parties are fulfilling their respective duties

Personal Interests

Charlotte is currently training for the Paris Marathon in April 2015, she has enjoyed long distance running for over 6 years and has braved the cold and wet on many a dark winter’s morning to pound the streets and fields around York. Her favourite place to run is the North York Moors.

Charlotte is also interested in philosophy but isn’t quite sure what it all means yet!

“Network York is entirely refreshing experience, the informal format is welcomed but most of all I am thoroughly impressed by the people who make up the group.”

Contact details:

Tel: 01904 848898
LinkedIn:Charlotte Richardson
Steve Kent, M.D.Kent Building Developments Ltd
I obtained my HND in Civil Engineering in 1979. I have worked on countless construction projects from roads and bridges to development of deep mines. At Selby I was part of a production record breaking team in the construction of one of the deep mine shafts at Whitemoor Mine.
I started Kent Building Developments Ltd in 2003 where my technical expertise and management skills have enabled the company to offer a quality service in design and construction. 
I am looking for enquiries that result in potential clients who appreciate bespoke home designs, especially with energy efficient options.
We specialise in Barn Conversions, Listed Properties, Planning & Design & Eco-Friendly Homes.   
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“I have been  a member of Network York for many years. In recent months our workload has been the result of connections in one form or another going back over 5 years.
Being a member of Network York has certainly been very beneficial and I have met a lot of useful contacts.”

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Learn about Steve's Radio contributions. Click here.

Contact Details:
Tel nos: 07774 754946 or 01944 759 259
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Anne Ma’aye, Founder of Network York
Anne has 25 years of experience of organising small and very large events. Working on weddings for up to 2,000 guests in the Middle East to weddings for a few hundred back in the UK.has given Anne vast experience of organising events.
She has organised several Charity Balls for Sargent Cancer Care for Children ( now CLIC) and for the ‘Guardian Angels’ of York, to raise funds for a special care unit and nurse for the local children’s ward at York Hospital.
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Over the last few years she has also successfully organised various business networks in York, Leeds and Harrogate. She has also experience in Business Development and worked for 3 years with Tricia Douglas a well known interior designer here in York.

Having run all types of Business networks with different formats, Anne now feels through her experience that she has a format that maximises her members opportunities for personal, business development and business referrals. In 2015 she intends to extend the membership to 30 members and to continue to give the best and most beneficial services to her members enhancing their networking experience

Her special interests are helping and motivating people to achieve their business goals. Encouraging young people to follow their ambitions. Charity work.

In her leisure time Anne likes anything to do with ‘The Arts’, cultural visits, architecture, history , travelling and meeting people from other cultures, reading,dancing, spending time with her 3 children, and dining out with friends.

Contact details:

Tel No: 07803616878
LinkedIn: Anne Ma’aye
Twitter: @networkyork2006
Manar Matusiak, M.D. Of Living Autism
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My special interests are Autistic Spectrum Conditions. In my leisure time I enjoy experiences that include a learning component, as well as relaxing with family and friends at the theatre or over dinner with good wines and stimulating conversations. 

“I have been a member of Network York since it started in 2006 it is a great place for businesses and professionals to network and share and discuss business issues.”

Contact details:

Tel no: 0113 815 0210

Adrian McClaren, Cert.PFS FPC Whole of market mortgage specialist
As you will no doubt be aware, the world of property financing is changing on a day by day basis. If you would like to benefit from my 30 years of experience and knowledge in the market, please feel free to contact me, Adrian McClaren, your local Mortgage and Protection Specialist. I’m a whole of market broker: in simple terms I can access nearly all the lenders offers. Because I’m a whole of market broker I’ll find you a deal that meets your requirements.
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The first meeting with me is at my cost. I’ll find out from you, in the strictest confidence, your current situation and I’ll talk with you about where you wish to be.

My clients have found that my knowledge and ability is the enabler to helping them achieve the results they require. Please contact me to arrange our first meeting: remember it will not cost you a thing!

My special interests are playing table tennis and tennis , watching football and keeping  fit and healthy
“I have been a member of Network York for 4 years now and have found it to be one of the best networks that I have and am attending. It is a more in depth form of networking and therefore you get to make the all important trusting relationships between the members leading to quality business referrals.”

Contact Details:

Tel no: 07818086390
an associate of Pen Life
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Michael Menzies-Baird
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Former Bomb Technician now a Friendly, approachable commercial litigation solicitor and partner of an incredible law firm gunner
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Whatever legal issue you have it's vital to get the right expert advice. You need to know your entitlements and be sure that you're not wasting valuable time and money. I have all the contacts you need through gunner
cooke llp. Contact me at first instance, I am bound to know how to help you legally or someone that can.
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My speciality is in offering genuinely honest advice. Sometimes such advice might not be what you want to hear but I will endeavour to provide a unique, personal service which is honest to your requirements and ensure you receive the individual specialist treatment that you deserve.
In addition, whenever possible, I will quote you a fixed fee.
Company Law
Employment Law
Debt Recovery
Commercial debt recovery
Landlord & Tenant Disputes
Professional Negligence
Boundary Disputes and land disputes
Right of Way Disputes
Land tribunal disputes
My special interests are SSAFA the armed forces charity and I try to keep fit
“Network York is the most refreshingly different type of networking that is around. Many copy its format but none are as good.”
Contact details:
Address: 53 King Street Manchester M2 4LQ
Tel No: 03330 143 401 and 07931 744401
Michael Menzies-Baird
Andrew Richardson, M.D. of PenLife Associates Chartered Financial Planners
Andrew started his working life in the RAF, joined the financial services world at 26, worked for Abbey National until 32, joined Pen Life at 33.
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Pen-Life Offers financial planning solutions to individuals and companies across Yorkshire.
Established  30 years ago offering straight forward advice and guidance to our clients and connections across the region
We specialise in Inheritance tax planning , Investments and Retirement solutions
Much of our work comes from referrals. Pen-Life have worked hard to achieve ISO 22222 status, are Chartered and Fee Based, attributes most consumer associations advise those seeking advice to look for.

Very few Independent Financial Advisers in the country meet these criteria; in fact Pen-Life is perhaps the only one in North Yorkshire.
For investment advice from the Independent Financial Advisors at Pen-Life, please apply for a Discovery Meeting with us.

Company: Equinox Financial Planning
Senior Partner Practice of St. James's Place Wealth Management

We specialise in providing high quality personal advice on many aspects of wealth management, advising clients of widely differing financial resources and of all ages. Additionally, we assist businesses in the increasingly complex area of corporate financial planning, providing guidance on pensions, protection for directors, key employees or shareholders, tax reliefs and aspects of exit strategy planning.

In my leisure time I am a keen golfer and cyclist

“I have been a member of Network York since it’s launch in 2008. It is a small and perfectly formed network , building a  true understanding of the members business and services they can offer in a friendly and welcoming environment long term relationships can prosper.”

Contact Details:

Tel no: 01904 819793
Twitter :@PenLifeUK

Jane Sachedina, Sachedinas Solicitors
I have been a solicitor specialising in company commercial work for 30 years.  I have had my own niche company commercial practice for the last 10 years.  My unique selling point is to my total focus on the client using fixed and capped fees for most of the work that I do so that clients can be assured of complete fee transparency.
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My interests are networking skills and helping people to improve those skills for the benefit of their business.  Anything to do with business.

In my leisure time I enjoy the theatre and dancing salsa.

“Network York has emerged into one of the most effective networks that I have ever belonged to.  It is like a family of like minded business people who care about each other and each others businesses.”

Contact details:

Tel no: 01904 793195
Linkedin: Jane Sachedina
Bev Kelly, Director Be Aesthetic Clinic Ltd
Bev Kelly Nurse/Nurse Prescriber

Director Be Aesthetic Clinic Ltd

Bev Kelly was born in Doncaster but has lived near Selby most of her life. She studied nursing at the University of York and has continued to study ever since. Her current studies are a Masters degree in Clinical Anatomy and Education.
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Bev’s work history includes nursing on Cardio Thoracic ICU, Coronary Care Unit, As a practice Nurse in general practice and as a cardiac nurse specialist in the community with a smattering of national clinical audit work. Having had an interest in Aesthetics for several years she left the NHS in 2015 setting up her own aesthetic business.

She lives with her husband, 3 children, 2 dogs (Gin and Uma) and 2 cats (Graham and Cilla). She tries to attempt gundog training with her dogs but readily admits she has more to learn than the dogs. With her firm sense of community spirit Bev has over the years also been a school governor and chair of governors, treasurer, and PTA committee member. She is currently Vice Chair of PIAPA an independent support group for nurses, doctors and dentists working in aesthetics that also works with national agencies to improve regulation in the aesthetics sector.

Bev has never attended any Network groups before but having been invited to Network York likes the friendly like minded professionals there and has decided to join.

Tel: 07715749928
Linked in: Bev Kelly
Instagram: BevKelly
Keith Humphreys M.D. Pinpoint Commercial Finance Ltd
Having over 28 years banking experience working in a variety of Business and Corporate finance roles with 3 major banks, I finally made the decision to follow my passion and form my own Business and Commercial Finance brokerage, www.Pinpoint.Finance .
I am committed to helping individuals and business owners find suitable funding solutions. I work closely with local with business owners directly or with clients of local professionals, accountants, solicitors, independent financial advisers and residential mortgage specialists. 
I can access all types of Commercial Mortgages, Business Loans, Investment Finance, Development Finance, Asset Finance and Cash Flow Finance, from a variety of lenders, specialising in complex Buy to Let cases, professional landlords including HMO’s status property’s and ownership within Limited Company structures.
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Finding Finance or reviewing your existing arrangements can be difficult, time consuming and confusing for many business owners.  That’s why choosing the right business and commercial finance broker is an important decision to make.
If you are looking for business or commercial finance either now or in the future I would be delighted to hear from you.

“Being a member of Network York for the last few years reinforces my principles that “good business is built on strong relationships”.  This networking group is informal and friendly yet professional and business focused.  It has a great spread of professionals from all areas of business, giving you access to their expertise and experiences in all areas of business life.”
Contact details

Tel No: 01904 866100
Website: www.Pinpoint.Finance

Mark Stredwick Owner of Brewtown Tours

Mark Stredwick was brought up in Yarm and studied Economics at Sheffield University. His work history includes 7 years involved with databases and reporting on data for marketing, working on boat and ships on Sydney harbour and in the dredging industry and lastly in beer tourism.

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In May 2016 after his 16 years in Sydney, Australia Mark moved back to his home county of Yorkshire. Looking into the local beer scene on his return, he was bowled over by the number of microbreweries in the area and the quality and variety of beer styles they were producing. Due to his experience in Sydney of beer tourism he decided set Brewtown Tours taking people to the small out of the way breweries promoting local produce and small businesses.

In September 2016 Mark moved permanently to York  and joined Network York.

Contact Details:

Tel: 01904 636666

Gary Marshall, Senior Investment Manager, Cardale Assessment Management

Gary grew up and lives in York. Post-graduation from Liverpool University he started his stockbroking career in 1993 and qualified with BWD Rensburg.

Gary was a co-founder of TD Waterhouse Institutional broking, which was acquired by WH Ireland in 2006 when he was appointed Head of Institutional Sales. Gary then became Director of Equity Sales for Arden Partners in London in 2009 before moving back to Yorkshire to join Cardale Asset Management in 2012.
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As a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute and a Chartered Wealth Manager, with over 24 years market experience encompassing Investment Management, Institutional Equity Sales & Corporate PLC Advisory, Gary has a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon when providing solutions for clients.

Gary believes that it is important to offer clients a total wealth management solution if required. The two divisions of Cardale Asset Management and Cardale Financial Planning work together to optimise clients’ assets and aspirations.

Cardale Asset Management is a discretionary asset management business, specialising in bespoke portfolio management, probate and stockbroking for private clients, intermediaries, charities, trustees and pension funds.

Cardale Financial Planning offers independent advice specialising in pension funding and retirement planning, long term care, inheritance tax, trust, estate and succession planning.

Cardale was formed in 2003 with its roots dating back to the 1970’s and it now employs over 50 people and is a unique, independent, fee based wealth management business.

Outside work, Gary’s two children keep him busy and he is also a keen cyclist which keeps in check his other interests in food and wine!

Gary would be happy to provide an initial meeting to discuss your financial aims and priorities

Contact details:

Tel: 01423 534100   Fax: 01423 534123
LinkedIn: Gary Marshall
Chelle Thirsk M.D. CGA

Member: Chelle Thirsk M.D. CGA

Chartered Certified Accountants and Taxation Advisors (with a difference)

On the 26
th July 1991 I began work at CGA.  In those days it was files as far as the eye could see and one computer shyly sulking in the corner.  Many years later (too many) – having taken the helm in 1998 -  our paperless office and flourishing client list means that I still enjoy coming to work each and every day. But there is still so much more to achieve for both CGA and our clients.
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There is no place that I would rather be than at my desk or sitting on one of our comfy sofas, coffee in hand, advising clients from a full spectrum of regional businesses.  I am a self-confessed ‘doer’ and am enjoying working my way through a rather long bucket list, having ticked off a 15,000 feet parachute jump, fire walking and zorbing, there is still much to go! As a Zumba and Fight Fit addict, a good bottle of wine and a thriller make a relaxing change.

My interests are Horse Racing, Rugby Union and Music Festivals and Gigs

“I have been a member of Network York for 3 years and I find it to be professional, friendly and informal. It offers the opportunity to share ideas and to benefit from the experiences of other professionals.  The size and structure of the network means that we really get to build strong relationships, the foundations of which ensure that business gets done within the group wherever possible.”

Contact Details

Tel:  Office: 01904 720718
Mobile: 07921 460262 Website: LinkedIn: Chelle Thirsk
Twitter: @chelle-thirsk
Beki Whitehouse, Director Death and Disease
On leaving school I embarked on a successful and happy career with HSBC Bank, now having almost 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
As a qualified Financial Advisor I have a wealth of experience advising clients in all areas of financial planning but in particular now focus on working with clients who wish to review their protection needs. I also specialise in helping Employers who wish to provide employee benefits to their staff.

I am proud to be a qualified adviser and hold the Chartered Insurance Institute Diploma in Financial Planning and the Chartered Institute of Bankers Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice.

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Following redundancy 6 years ago, I seized the opportunity to leave what was becoming a very ‘sales’ driven environment and moved into the world of self-employment. This has given me the chance to focus on building true relationships with my clients, getting to know and understand exactly what their individual needs are and advising them accordingly in all areas of protection – these being life insurance, critical illness cover, income protection, medical insurance and health cash plans, along with funeral plans. Based on client feedback I can now also advise clients who wish to make a Will, and/or set up Powers of Attorney.

I work with a range of clients, who vary from Individuals and Families, right through to Sole Trader owner managed businesses, Partnerships and Limited Companies and I take great pride in giving my clients peace of mind.

When not working you’ll either find me at the gym or knee deep in mud gardening!
Contact details:
Tel - 07753 297622
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Owen Turner Creative Director, Brand Consultant and Founder of United by Design
Owen is Creative Director, Brand Consultant and Founder of United by Design

When not at work Owen enjoys running, playing rugby York RI RUFC, reminiscing about surfing, loves to explore artisan food & drink, especially beer from the growing craft ale scene.

He lives in York with his wife and 2 young children but has lived and worked in a range of places before settling in the city; including Bristol, Bath, Leeds, London, Ashbourne, Bury St Edmunds, Banbury, Northampton and Hovingham.

At United by Design ‘We BrandHappy®’ – an independent, award winning branding & graphic design consultancy located in York but working nationally with a range of clients, across different sectors. 

With a great track record for creating and nurturing brands, we work with individuals and organisations across a range of sectors in the UK and overseas. I bring over 20 years of experience in the creative and design industry to my role. Working closely with our clients and nurturing and leading a team of talented people
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Both creatively and strategically, Owen likes to think! But most of all he prides the teams ability to listen, understand our clients and find out what’s unique about them, so that we can produce work that’s individual, bold and effective.

The business constantly strives to make business and their brands stand out, attract attention, win loyalty and get talked about. Brands – be they companies, products or services – that enjoy success. We think things through. We ensure that work is executed to the highest standard: work that demands effectiveness!

Adding value is key to what we do at United by Design. We give unique, high value solutions: Solutions that continue to reward time and time again! If you’ve got a good product or service, we’ll give you a great brand.

Owen certainly loves to build lasting relationships with his clients, becoming the trusted design partner of numerous organisations. This is because United by Design has a proven track record of not only delivering on promises, but exceeding expectations.

Specialising in: Brand strategy, brand positioning, brand identity, naming, brand architecture, brand packaging, brand communications (editorial, stationery, annual reports & accounts, leaflets, brochures, flyers, posters & books), advertising & branded environments.

Owen is obviously passionate about his client work at United by Design but also is very active in the wider creative industry. He is currently Deputy Master of the Guild of Media Arts and sits on the board of York Professionals.

01904 615 050
@ubd_studio and @owen_ubd
Hilary Finney. Cordon Bleu cook and cookery tutor
Hilary Finney: Cordon Bleu cook and cookery tutor.

Hilary was born on the Wirral in Cheshire although moved around the country and to the Philippines and Brazil with her father as senior manager of Unilever all before the age of 16.

Hilary's career after training at the Cordon Bleu school of cookery in London started as third chef at the esteemed Holdback Hall Hotel in Scarborough. After gaining professional qualifications from the institute of hotel and catering management moved to London to work for a large contract catering firm in the City providing directors lunches and managing sta
ff restaurants, then moved back to Yorkshire to manage catering units and assistant to the area manager
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In 1986 with two young sons took the helm of Food Solutions her own outside catering business which over 25 years provided catering from 10 to 2500 for companies , prestigious events and famous people including The Duke of Norfolk’s family at Carlton Towers for weekend house parties for 16 years.

After many years teaching adult education courses and students through City & Guilds at Selby College, Harmony House Cookery School was launched in 2007 to inspire less confident cooks that cooking can be fun, simple & look stylish, also provide a fun day out for those who enjoy cooking & experimenting. During that time Hilary had cookery slots on Radio York and in 2014 wrote a cookery book meals in minutes

In 2017 together with husband Paul bought Grimston House which o
ffers accommodation, small event hospitality catering and cookery demonstrations. Hilary continues to be proactive in sharing cookery skills and welcoming guests with Paul and the chickens enjoying the work life balance of a beautiful house and gardens.

Tel No: 01904 720933
Mob: 07889808749

Twitter: @stayinggrimston
Simon Errington - Director of Gundog HR.
I am passionate about people – I have over 30 years of experience developing people to achieve their potential. I have worked in a number of sectors, including as People Manager for a number of National hotel chains and independent hotels, I have operated as Apprenticeship Manager for a couple of international companies and I have spent a significant number of years as HR and Development Manager for a Public Sector Emergency Service.
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During this experience I have developed my professional credibility through the attainment of Chartered Manager status of the CIPD, Certificate in Education and a Diploma in Leadership and Management. I am a dedicated HR management professional with broad experience in business partnering, performance management, HR policies, talent acquisition, employee relations and training and development. I able to support the delivery of strategic workforce plans by providing structured development programmes to improve organisation’s people capability. I have proven ability to communicate, influence, and motivate line managers and senior leaders to achieve organisational goals.
Specialist areas include: -
HR Compliance, Coaching, Leadership Development, Development of individual/ team talent, Team Visioning and Career Development
I am passionate about the development of people, supporting them to identify and realise their full potential, whatever this may look like. I am an experienced coach and provide a sense of joy to learning situations through my fun personality.
I am experienced and successful in realising opportunities for individuals. Through a motivational approach I explore the person behind the person, uncovering and developing the real opportunities which exist to provide success in achieving personal goals.
Contact Details:
Simon Errington 07488269847 LinkedIn Twitter (@gundoghrdevelop) Facebook (@gundoghrdevelopment)