Helen joins the team as Founder and Director of Cherington HR. Helen brings years of HR experience to the team, having worked in professional, scientific, and technical sectors.


Helen is best known for supporting business leaders to achieve success through ethical business practices. Helen is a natural motivator and thrives at the opportunity of helping employers develop and enhance their reputation.

Helen began her HR career by first working as a training and development manager. It was during her time in this role that her manager spotted the potential for Helen to challenge herself in a HR position. Prior to getting started in the HR industry, Helen was a physics teacher.

Helen spent 14 years in various training and management positions which is ultimately where she realised her passion for working closely with a team and motivating them to strive for more. Helen gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience before deciding to set up her own HR consultancy, Cherington HR, in 2006.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys sailing with her Husband as well as attending her local choir, skittles team and book club.

Helen’s Q&A

What is your greatest personal achievement?

I have to say it was passing my Yachtmaster qualification. Having been fortunate to have breezed through most of my academic qualifications, I found this one probably the toughest thing I have ever done.

It was a practical assessment lasting all day (and much of the night!) It placed extreme pressure on me because the examiner constantly changed the requests being made, so I had to revise the passage plan by recalculating tidal heights, tidal flows, monitor the shipping movements, instructing the crew and ensuring that the manoeuvre being requested was executed correctly (and safely).

And at the end of that, late at night when I was completely exhausted, was quizzed on the Collision Regulations, meteorology, engine fault fixing, emergency first aid and light signals/ day shapes!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

The best bit of advice I have ever been given is that if you want a new job, don’t just look at the job description or advert, look at what that organisation stands for to see whether it matches your own values and ethics.

If you’re not sure, think about whether you’d be proud to tell your friends you work there, when you meet them down the pub!

What is your favourite film or book?

My favourite book is, “An Instance of the Fingerpost” by Ian Pears. It is an historical detective thriller set in the 17th century involving real characters and interweaves them in a way that makes you wonder that although fiction, whether the events could actually have occurred.

The story is told separately by each of the four main characters and each story is told in a different style to match the character. The investigator in me got really wrapped up in the plot and I couldn’t put it down!

What do you wish other people knew about HR Solutions?

How friendly and knowledgeable the staff are, and what a vast pool of resources they have available to help clients.