Laura is a CIPD qualified HR Practitioner and Project Manager with more than 20 years of experience within Care Homes, NHS CCGs, UK non-profit organisations (Hospices), utilities, global pharmaceutical, and manufacturing organisations.
Laura spent a total of eight years working as a Commercial Manager for a luxury tour operator in which she could express her creative skills through designing and developing brochures and marketing material.
However, Laura’s passion was for teaching, and she therefore decided to pursue that interest further, by opting for a degree with the Open University.
Although Laura realised soon after that HR was the right field for her, she believes that teaching and HR are similar and that many of the skills that she acquired during the degree can still be put to good use on a daily basis, when working with her clients.
Laura began her career as an HR Administrator for a Pharmaceutical company, having covered a colleague’s maternity leave, she enjoyed HR so much that Laura decided to build a career in the field and spent nine years with the business. Laura has progressed well in her career.
From starting as an HR Administrator to becoming Head of HR and now, an HR Consultant.
Laura has a proven record within HR and has formed many transferable skills, such as her ability to build relationships with members of the team and strategic problem-solving to ensure that she excels in her role.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, jewellery making and travelling.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
I am always saying to people “Every day is a school day” – I love learning and love continually improving and always encourage people to do the same.
What is your favourite song?
When I was younger, my first crush was on Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet and my favourite song he sung was Maggie May (originally by Rod Stewart – who I also think is great). It was on the first album I every brought with my own money.
What do you wish other people knew about HR Solutions?
Big enough to help, small enough to care – never a truer word spoken. Since joining the organisation, I have found everyone I have spoken to and met is so helpful, so knowledgeable and so wanting to do a good job. Everyone really cares about their clients, their colleagues and making sure they do the very best job they can
Dawn ChapmanHR Consultant
Dawn brings a range of skills from a varied professional career to the HR Solutions’ team.
Aftab JussabSenior HR Consultant
Aftab brings over 15 years' worth of Legal & HR experience to HR Solutions. He is a self-motivated individual with a unique blend of business acumen and his professional experience stems from working with legal experts and leading HR organisations.
Rhonda MurrayHR Consultant
As an HR generalist with operational experience, Rhonda has extensive experience of working in highly unionised environments such as British Airways, Gate Gourmet and SSE.
Sheena HarrisSenior HR Consultant
Sheena joined HR Solutions after almost 12 years in her previous role working in HR Management with a tour operator in Leicestershire.
Juliet CoatesClient Services Manager
Juliet joined HR Solutions in September 2016 as HR Advisor to predominately support our clients using our ever-growing HR Advice Line service. She has since been promoted to Senior HR Advisor and then again to HR Consultant.
Rob CoppillieSenior HR Consultant
Rob brings valuable insight to his HR Consultancy role that he gained from 20 years operational and management experience within the fast paced logistics, fresh and frozen foods sector.
Karen FalconerHR Knowledge Manager
Karen was promoted to HR Knowledge Manager in November 2017, having been promoted once before from HR Advisor to Senior HR Advisor, Team Leader earlier that same year.
Victoria TempletonHR Knowledge Manager
Victoria is CIPD qualified and joined HR Solutions as an HR Advisor, bringing with her an expertise in employee relations that she gained within FCA regulated businesses.
Sarah DunnellHR Advisor
Sarah’s HR Advisor experience within the Travel & Tourism sector saw her specialise in business change management whether it was selling a brand, closing an office, making redundancies or reorganising the workforce.
Bhavika ChauhanHR Advisor
Bhavika has over 18 years HR experience gained with leading UK organisations where she designed and implemented reward schemes and employee engagement programs.
Chris ThomsonHR Advisor
Chris achieved a BA in Business Studies (Hons) (2:1) from Nottingham Trent University and a CIPD Level 5 Diploma in HR Management. His HR experience covers working within highways, utilities, construction and infrastructure sectors.
Louise BallochHR Consultant
Louise supports HR Solutions’ clients with their employment related concerns. Her experience includes an array of topics including flexible working, probation, conduct, performance management, parental leave and absence management.
Emma RichmondHR Consultant
As an HR Consultant, Emma builds a strong rapport with her clients so that she can deliver support and advice based on their business and HR needs.