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Meet the HR Recruitment & Consultancy Team

A look behind the scenes, get to know the awesome HR team that is behind our success at Kingswood Group.

Sarah McKee-Harris / Founder, Director & HR Recruitment Specialist

Location:
I live in Colchester, Essex. Over the last 15 years I’ve worked in both London and Essex specialising in sourcing HR Talent for a wide variety of organisations.

Brief overview of your career to date:
I ‘fell’ into the world of recruitment not long after graduating with a Marketing Management degree back in 2005. HR has always been my area of specialism and something I am very passionate about. Understanding how businesses can benefit from getting the best out of their people through good HR practise is essential in the modern world.

Specialism(s):
My specialism is nice and simple; I take time to listen, understand and question our customers to identify their individual and business needs allowing us to identify the best HR solutions for them.

Interesting fact(s) about you:
I have a crazy cockapoo called Ruby who is always causing havoc! I have run the Paris and London Marathons but never want to do another one again!

Laura Ellum / Recruitment Administrator

Location:
Maldon, Essex

Brief overview of your career to date:
With 9 years of experience in recruitment and talent acquisition, I have established myself as a respected recruitment professional.

I have experience recruiting talent across all levels of seniority, predominantly within the Financial Services sector. I have worked in an agency setting, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and ‘in house’ within an HR function.

My career to date has lead me to acquire many different skills, including relationship building and communication, excellent attention to detail, strong organisational skills and the ability to work in a fast paced, ever changing environment.

Having recently taken a short career break to raise a young family, I am now entering my next exciting chapter at Kingswood Group.

Specialism(s):
Recruitment, Administration, Resourcing, Talent Acquisition.

Interesting fact(s) about you:
I have twin baby girls.

I once took a 6 month career break to sail the French Riviera in a restored 1970’s yacht!

Debbie Carey / Senior Recruitment Consultant

Location:
Essex

Brief overview of your career to date:
After spending the first 10 years of my career within the service industry, managing restaurants and hotels; I decided to change careers and joined a national recruitment agency.  After 6 years I moved to a smaller agency based in Essex where I was able to partner with clients ensuring a high level of service.

Specialism(s):
I have specialised within HR, Office Support, Marketing, and Accountancy recruitment largely across Essex and London.

Interesting fact(s) about you:
I am an animal lover! Especially dogs and have worked for a number of dog charities over the years. I carry out home checks/follow up reports for people looking to adopt a dog. I have two young children and two rescue dogs and can often be found wandering the countryside with all in tow!

Gail Kyle / Senior HR Consultant – HR Generalist & Change Management

Location:
I reside in Billericay, Essex. I have worked and can work in Essex, Kent & London.

Brief overview of your career to date:
Gail is a senior CIPD qualified interim HR professional with extensive HR, OD, Change Management, Acquisition, TUPE and Reward experience.  She has over 25 years’ International HR generalist and employment law experience within a diverse range of business sectors, including: Financial Services; Local Government; Automotive; Retail; managed FM services; Social and Supported Housing; Digital Design and Communication Agencies; Professional Services; Manufacturing; International Development and Professional Membership bodies.

Gail is a seasoned professional; she is driven by providing solutions, is an excellent communicator and able to influence employee engagement to shift cultural and behavioural change to improve business performance. She has extensive experience of business transformation and re-structures, strategic and operational solutions, with union negotiation and employee relations case management.

Specialism(s):
Specialisms includeorganisationdesign, acquisition and restructuring, TUPE, strategy and policy development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance management and development, HRIS implementation and Analytics.

Interesting fact(s) about you:
I try and undertake some form of volunteering. Volunteering has included fostering rescue dogs; CIPD sponsored career advice and support; Independence Age. I love visiting new places and am an avid reader, but nothing too serious.

Suzanne Hodson / HR Consultant

Location:
Chelmsford

Brief overview of your career to date:
I’ve got over 20 years generalist HR experience working with managers and employees to achieve optimum solutions.  In this time, I’ve worked with a variety of organisations from a start-up to global corporates in industries including engineering, tech, media and education.

My focus has always been on treating people well and ensuring that the HR function is viewed positively across the businesses I’ve worked in.

I have also worked as a Career Coach helping people to identify ways to navigate the job-hunting process, develop their careers and achieve their goals.

Specialism(s):
My background as a generalist involves me with most areas of HR including recruitment and selection, onboarding new staff, developing policies, performance management and disciplinary matters.

Interesting fact(s) about you:
I have two brilliant sons and a husband who keep me entertained. I have literally walked over burning hot coals as part of a fire walk experience for a local hospice.

Stephen Coe / Senior HR & Training Consultant

Location:
Suffolk

Brief overview of your career to date:
After starting my career in insurance I moved into learning and development in the late 90’s where I have worked for various financial services, education and facilities management FTSE 100 and 250 companies together with some SMEs in London and Essex. I have worked on several global HR transformation projects where I have delivered training remotely to staff in over 70 countries and face to face in both the Philippines and Poland

Specialism(s):
My areas of specialism include leadership and personal development training both face to face and virtually, training and/or meeting facilitation, performance management including competency frameworks, coaching and mentoring, HR transformation, change management and HR systems

Interesting fact(s) about you:
I have two grown up daughters and enjoy a pint or two of real ale (no connection with having daughters honestly) I love most sports particularly cricket, hockey, golf and rugby and am a qualified cricket coach. I also enjoy spinning or so I keep telling myself and in my spare time I run a small upcycling business taking unwanted items turning them into beautiful things for the home and garden. I have also recently become a parish councillor

Rachel McMillan / Finance & Office Administrator

Location:
Bocking, Essex

Brief overview of your career to date:
After flying as cabin crew for 11 years I left to start my own coffee shop, (and a catering and events company). Whilst running my own business I trained in accounts and bookkeeping and have used this skill to work with other small businesses, keeping their books and helping them to streamline their back office processes.

Specialism(s)
I am trained in Xero for bookkeeping. I am payroll, pension and VAT trained.

I’m also experienced in Events Management.

Interesting fact(s) about you
I once taught myself the complete DMXis protocol for operating a lighting system to get myself paid to go to Glastonbury festival.

I have a ten year old daughter and play the piano.

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