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A unique blend of HR coaching & expertise​.

I provide coaching and mentoring services to HR professionals. Are you distracted by multiple priorities, or lacking in confidence to lead the People function? I’m here to support, coach and mentor HR.

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HR coaching to meet your needs

As a busy HR Leader, I know from personal experience how many plates you are spinning at once. The business wants to see immediate impact, and there just aren’t enough days in the week. You may not have the resources for a big team. Maybe you’ve been plunged into the deep end. Whether you need to outsource an HR Project or need an experienced HR sounding board, I can help you to navigate the full range of HR areas.

What sets me apart is my dedication to really get to know you, your business and your team, and to help you to create HR approaches that are bespoke to your needs, not off the shelf. I’m passionate about ensuring HR is perceived to be a vital, strategic resource that understands the heartbeat of the organisation. You can be confident that I will always strive to help you deliver long-lasting positive and measurable results.

You know your business best and I’ll work with you to determine what you need – HR coaching, tactical HR consultancy, or a unique blend of these to optimise your results.

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HR Strategic Planning

By establishing a clear, relevant people strategy, you can achieve growth, boost performance and morale, and attract and retain the best and brightest people for sustainable future success. I love helping businesses achieve their goals and what sets me apart is my dedication to really getting to know your business first.

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I help YOU to create HR strategies that are bespoke to your needs encouraging you to take an integrated business strategy approach, starting with an honest assessment. I ask questions like ‘What kind of company is this?’ and ‘How would we describe the kind of people who work here?’ and ‘What makes us different from others?’ before tackling the more usual strategy question of ‘Where do we want to get to?’. This approach helps to set high performing organisations apart from others.

I believe the organisation’s leadership profile, company culture, and people’s talents should all drive and impact business strategy.

‘The HR Strategy you developed is so good I could cry!’

DR, Company Director
DR, Company Director

HR Reward

The complex area of reward is considered a dark art by many. And for good reason. It can be highly technical, analytical and structured, and yet also needs to be innovative, relevant and flexible.

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Reward and recognition is integral to the wider HR strategy, in particular employee engagement and performance management, and often it’s hard to know where to start. And with Gender Pay Gap Reporting now front and centre on the agenda for every company over 250 employees, the link to diversity and inclusion has become ever more prominent. Frankly, there has never been a more critical time to get this important area right.

‘Gemma has the ability to think strategically and influence senior leaders.’

Rosie Ranganathan, HR Director, England & Wales Cricket Board
Rosie Ranganathan, HR Director, England & Wales Cricket Board

Employee Engagement

How would your employees describe your workplace culture? Having engaged, positive, happy employees makes sound commercial sense.

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Disengaged employees will create an atmosphere of negativity, talent will leave and customers won’t get the service they deserve. Simply put, creating a great place to work has a direct impact on business performance and profitability. And yet very few organisations have a stated employee engagement strategy.

‘I am quite sure that Gemma’s strategy was integral to our achieving a place on the Sunday Times Top 100 list twice in a row’

Director, Technology Company
Director, Technology Company

Leadership Development

Leadership is no longer about sitting in an oak-panelled room controlling the finances and making decisions behind closed doors. Modern leaders have to collaborate, and be transparent, engaging and receptive. They need to lead with impact and presence and yet retain humility and authenticity; make clear decisions and yet consult and listen; be bold, and yet build trust and be aware of their impact on others.

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Building leadership capability is a challenge that is critical to overcome for business to succeed. I can help you to equip your leaders with the skills, tools, and confidence required to lead by example and inspire those around them, through a blend of coaching and training. Together we can build and deliver leadership development programmes across all levels, or bespoke training to suit the needs of the leadership population.

‘I’m really pleased with what we managed to achieve with the Leadership Team. I found Gemma’s perspective on our issues hugely valuable and I’m convinced what we covered together will help us in future.’

Ian Hillary, Director, Pfizer
Ian Hillary, Director, Pfizer

Talent Development

Competition for talent is hot. Developing and retaining talent is critical to the success of any organisation.  It’s important to know where your talent is, what development they need to truly excel, and how to keep them motivated and interested while delivering the day to day requirements of the business.

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bespoke training & development framework will ensure that talent at all levels will build on the core skills needed, and accelerate progress and performance to support the future plans of your organisation.  An important feature of the development I can help you with is continuity of learning and practical opportunities to apply and embed the newly acquired skills.

One such development framework I have previously evolved and implemented was shortlisted for the CIPD Annual Award for Best Learning & Development Initiative.

‘The programme produced a step change in the way our employees position themselves to clients, and was directly aligned to our business strategy to change how we position ourselves in the market.’

Director, Technology Consultancy
Director, Technology Consultancy

Change Management

Long before we had the natty acronym VUCA to describe our world (Volatile, Unpredictable, Complex, Ambiguous), Darwin had already pointed out that the species most adaptable to change is most likely to survive. For me, the corporate world is no different.

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Whatever the cause of the change – restructure, acquisition, culture change, or other change initiative – it can often feel difficult, unsettling and risky. If handled incorrectly, emotions can run high, resulting in an unnecessarily disruptive and costly exercise.

I help you to ensure any change management initiative in your organisation is conducted fairly, meets all legal requirements and allows your business to emerge positively and with its reputation intact. I can guide the process from start to finish with practical hands-on help to navigate through a potentially difficult and emotional time for your organisation allowing you to achieve the best results for both your business and your team.

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