Alison previously held a number of HR management positions in personnel and training within a variety of sectors.

 

Prior to joining HR Solutions, Alison spent several years working as a self-employed consultant providing a full generalist service to SMEs, including advising on employment policies, contracts, disciplinary matters and employment legislation.

Since joining BusinessHR at its inception in 2001 (subsequently transferring to HR Solutions in 2016), Alison has undertaken a wide range of HR projects including creating policies and procedures for clients, and in particular supporting clients who are undertaking redundancies, restructuring and TUPE transfers.

Alison acts as an outsourced HR resource for two accounting firms and their clients, as well as having a portfolio of clients including architects, waste recycling, executive recruitment and large scale printing, which keep her occupied with some wide ranging enquiries! Alison is responsible for the guidance on our HR Knowledge Base, our newsletters and hot topics. She has conducted a range of management and employment law seminars and presents our monthly webinars.

Alison is based near Newark, Nottinghamshire. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the flute and piccolo, particularly with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alison’s Q&A

What’s your greatest personal achievement?

Apart from the usual (degree, CIPD, LRAM, two children of whom I’ve very proud, still playing flute and piccolo with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra etc) –perhaps should mention an eye opener (for me anyway) – surviving Space Mountain at Disneyworld! It made me realise that you have to step out of your comfort zone in order to develop.

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given?

Only work on things that you can influence and don’t waste time worrying about those that you can’t!

What is your favourite piece of music?

Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (also well known as the theme tune for the Apprentice) – have loved this for years but was so disappointed at the piccolo part – just three unplayable stratospherically high notes followed by a gap and then one held note that no-one can hear!

What do you wish other people knew about HR Solutions?

The range of experience found within the collective team – whilst every day raises some eyebrows and brings a new challenge, there isn’t much that we haven’t come across before!