When I was Chief Executive of Tesco Clothing, Jo worked for me as Head of HR for 8 years. During that time she worked in 3 different businesses in both the UK and Europe managing the startup of new teams and the development of fast growing businesses.
Jo can quickly develop strong relationships and this helps her to quickly understand a business and its people. She uses this insight to identify and suggest improvements to make a business more successful. She is confident to use her knowledge to make a real difference and she brings a very commercial, business-focused approach when building people plans. Jo can effectively manage the day to day HR activities of a business as well as deliver large people change projects. She is practical, organised and committed to ensuring both the business and individual’s needs are met.
What I value most about her is her honesty and candour –– she sticks up for what she believes is right.
Jo has been working for our business offering part time HR support for over a year. We have 60 members of staff and needed some dedicated HR resource to support our growth and ensure the right people processes and practices were in place. Due to Jo’s knowledge and experience, Jo has been able to pick up the full remit of HR from working with the Board of Directors to completing the required administration. We get the whole HR offer without needing to recruit an entire HR team!
Jo works in our offices about 8 days a month. She has built relationships with the team, she understands the business and the culture and she can have meaningful discussions about the people plans and future direction for the business.
Jo works with the leadership team supporting with all aspects of HR. Although, only working part time in our offices, Jo is responsive and flexible meaning that our needs are met all week.Jo has introduced more robust recruitment practices, an appraisal system, increased learning and development opportunities and rewritten some of our administration, policies and procedures. She also supported in running a strategy day with our COO to listen to our team’s ideas and develop plans to improve the business for both our people and our clients.
I can recommend Jo to your business especially if you have reached or plan to reach a size where you need someone dedicated to your HR. She can be relied upon to lead on the people plans for your company so that you can focus day to day on the growth of the business.
I first contacted Jo when I had a new contract of employment to produce. I needed a quick turn around to be able to secure the employment of a new employee. Jo responded quickly both in identifying my particular needs and delivering the end result. Jo developed a simple solution that was fit for purpose for my business.