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Our Associates

Gary Ward

Principle Associate for Kraft HR Consulting

Gary works as our Principle Associate - Employee Relations and co-ordinates the activities of our other specialist employee relations associates whilst carrying his own case load focused primarily around workplace investigations and change management.

Gary is an experienced employment relations professional, with extensive knowledge of Human Resources and the trade union movement, having worked within a large local authority, and the private and voluntary sector.

Gary was elected to the post of East Midlands Regional Convenor for UNISON from 2008-2013, and elected as a Branch Secretary from 2006-2013, dealing with multiple complex projects including Single Status, equal pay claims, redundancies & restructures, in addition to individual employee relations disputes.

Gary is quietly assertive, calm and assured, and quickly builds strong relationships enabling both trust and confidence.

Gary loves nothing more than to immerse himself in a workplace Investigation and get to the bottom of issues that other people find daunting. He is an excellent Investigator and receives consistently outstanding feedback from the many clients that he has worked for.

Qualifications

  • TUC Employment Law Diploma.
  • A variety of courses run by UNISON, Thompson's solicitors, and Nottingham City Council across a 13-year period, including "Advanced Representation", "Equal Pay", "GLPC Scheme", "Discrimination Law" and "Domestic Violence".
  • Attended UNISON's National Leadership School 2011, Service Group Executive courses 2010, Branch Secretary Weekend's 2006.

Key Skills & Achievements

  • Able to build and develop strong relationships with colleagues at all levels, be they politicians, chief executives, trade union officials, employees or lawyers.
  • Extremely good written and communication skills, able to offer clear and pragmatic advice in the effective management of disputes.
  • Ability to "problem solve", appraise options that are available, identify and manage risk, make difficult decisions, and defend those subsequently made.
  • A strong advocate, able to challenge and guide as applicable, whether in person or in writing.
  • Represented individual Trade Union members for 13 years in disciplinary, grievance and harassment and discrimination hearings, many of which have been lengthy and complex, and in areas involving highly emotive subject matters including alleged child abuse and domestic violence.
  • Negotiated many compromise agreements with employers where both sides had become entrenched in battles helping neither side long term.
  • As the Regional Convenor, managed complex and sensitive relationships with Branches in order to deliver national policy.

Dawn Dickens

Dawn is a versatile, qualified, highly successful HR Consultant/Head of HR/Business Partner with proven leadership skills in all areas of HR. A reputation for delivering results with the ability to respond to any challenge. Outcome focused with strong business acumen. Significant experience in performance improvement and project management.

Qualifications

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD).
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  • Advanced Certificate in Employment Law (CIPD).
  • Advanced Certificate in Investigative Practice (BTEC Level 7).
  • Counselling Skills Level 1 (Relate).
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel and Development.

Key Skills & Achievements

  • Interim support at HR Service Partner level for a large unionised organisation which included embedding the HR Service Partner model and contributing to the development of the organisation's Workforce Plan and People Strategy.
  • Advice and support for a number or company re-organisations which have included redundancies, re-deployment and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) transfers in and out of the business.
  • Advice and support to a number of clients on a number of individual employee relations issues.
  • Provision of advice and support to secure changes to terms of conditions affecting 200 staff.
  • Development and delivery of a full range of management training.
  • Substantial experience in undertaking investigations for a range of organisations in respect of discrimination complaints, customer complaints and misconduct concerns.
  • The development of a wide range of policies, procedures, systems and schemes across all sectors.

Jody Richmond

Jody is an experienced and effective HR Business Partner and Consultant with national and international experience in both public and private sector, unionised and non-unionised industries, including significant experience within the NHS and healthcare. Jody has led teams and worked independently at operational and strategic levels, created HR strategy to support business plans, transformed culture and embedded sustainable change. With strong Employee Relations, Resourcing and OD knowledge, influencing and project management skills, Jody is results driven and has an aptitude for putting people at ease and inspiring them.

Qualifications

  • Chartered MCIPD status
  • MA Strategic Human Resources
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management
  • Trained job matcher - NHS Job Evaluation Scheme
  • NHS Leadership in Practice Programme
  • ACAS Facilitation Skills Training

Key Skills & Achievements

  • HR support and project lead for implementing transformational change to NHS hospital at night and 7-day working towards achieving clinically and financially sustainable services for the NHS Hospital Trust concerned and achieving the hospitals cost improvement programme (CIP) of 6% savings for 2014/15.
  • HR project lead on Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) transfers for ULHT as part of the Clinical Commissioning Group 2015/16 Commissioning Intentions.
  • HR strategic support for clinical and non-clinical senior management to develop and implement workforce planning across ULHT for medical and non-medical staff.
  • Managed a team which reduced sickness absence to 4.40% in 2015, the lowest it has been since 2008, resulting in significant cost savings and improved morale.
  • HR project lead increasing appraisal rates from 47% to 83% 2014-15 for ULHT hospital site.
  • Project managed University of Lincoln Registry restructure with recurrent savings of £250,000 per annum.
  • Project managed a national talent acquisition campaign for 150 Case Managers at the Healthcare Commission, enabling a significant reduction in delays to complaints investigations.
  • Project managed national talent acquisition campaign for Scotrail to recruit senior operational managers.
  • Prepared GTA for $1.1 billion acquisition in 2004; supported international relocations and redundancies, consulted on 800 international employee contracts.

Adrian Berwick

Adrian is an MC IPD qualified Human Resources professional with a generalist HR background having given support on issues ranging from input on strategic planning through to practical advice on Employee Relations issues including TUPE, Ill health management, Recruitment, Remuneration and Benefits, Terms and Conditions and Pensions.

Background

Adrian has operated in HR roles in various multi-site private sector businesses. His experience primarily includes senior level operational roles as well as a secondment to an Operations Director role managing a multi-site business unit. Having always worked in private sector organisations, he can bring considerable commercial focus and awareness to any HR issue.

Adrian's experience has brought him into contact with numerous sectors including Property and Facilities Management, Construction, Distribution and Logistics, Retail, Engineering and Production/Manufacturing spanning Private Equity and PLC. He also has experience and insight into the HR issues associated with public sector and PFI/PPP arrangements.

HR Experience

Adrian has extensive Employee Relations experience handling large caseloads of Disciplinary, Grievance, Performance, Ill health and Dismissal issues in both unionised and non-union environments as well as senior management exit arrangements. He has project managed large scale re-organisation and re-structuring exercises, TUPE transfers and managed settlement agreement negotiations.

Adrian has developed HR strategies, policies and processes to fit business goals and worked closely with CEOs and MD's to restructure senior teams. He is also experienced in managing pay reviews, developing bonus and commission arrangements and project managed moves to external Payroll Bureau services. In addition, Adrian has been involved in exercises related to talent management and people development, career development programmes, mentoring and HR skills training.

He has also been involved in all HR aspects associated with the sale, purchase and acquisition of businesses including due diligence.

Steve Bravery

Steve is an experienced solicitor with 22 years' experience of courts and tribunals, undertaking casework advocacy and investigations. Steve has developed a number of sources of work including investigative work and disciplinary work within the NHS; chairing disciplinary hearings and writing and presenting investigative reports. He has recently been appointed as a Legally Qualified Chair for police misconduct panels for the NE Region of England.

Outside of the employment arena, Steve deals with prison law matters before the Parole Board and Independent Adjudicators, and criminal law and immigration cases before magistrate's court and Immigration Judges. Steve also writes and presents training courses to groups of lawyers both in house and externally.

He is an experienced public law lawyer and has conducted Judicial Review proceedings in the majority of his practice areas.

Steve has well-developed communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to operate under pressure and remain organised and credible in what are commonly adversarial conditions.Steve is committed to fairness and specifically, principles associated with equality. He has a sound understanding of public law principles and the requirements for robust processes and decison making.

Qualifications

  • Law Society - Finals exam pass.
  • Nottingham Trent University - LLB (Hons) 2:2.
    • Key Skills & Achievements

      • Maintains own significant caseload and works to strict deadlines.
      • Undertaking complex investigations within the NHS environment involving all levels of staff up to Consultant Level, often reporting to Director or Chief Executive level.
      • Effective presenting of reports to disciplinary hearings.
      • Chairing disciplinary hearings within both the NHS and commercial environment.
      • Drafting legal documents including reports, witness statements, grounds of appeal and skeleton arguments.
      • Appearing regularly before magistrates courts and Parole Boards.
      • Able to deal professionally and confidentially with sensitive issues and vulnerable witnesses.
      • Analysing decisions and considering grounds for challenge.
      • Recruitment and training (both external and internal) .
      • Dealt with large scale fraud and regulatory cases involving large volumes of paperwork and disclosure.
      • Extensive involvement in the setting up of a new office.
      • Have previously worked in a team of solicitors and supervised the administrative teams and Crown Court departments.

      Emma Bravery

      With 10 years of practice & business management, further enhanced by 15 years of corporate IT in the finance and utilities sector. Emma's career choices to date have provided her with a thorough understanding of business management and development, supported by strong technical IT skills. Emma has also experienced the benefits and pitfalls of working in a very specialist role within the global corporate environment compared to a general management role within a small local business. The overlapping of these diverse experiences has significantly broadened her skills in project, people and crisis management, problem solving and communication skills.

      Qualifications

      • Diploma of Mortgage Lending, Securities
      • Diploma of Business Management
      • BSc Mathematics

      Key Skills & Achievements

      • Business Development: absorbing information and designing & implementing new working practices and business ideas to improve efficiency and profitability.
      • Financial Management: I started my career as a bookkeeper, and am experienced in preparing and understanding management and practice accounts, preparing and working within practice budgets, managing payroll and NHS pensions, controlling expenditure and maximising income within the complex NHS general practice environment.
      • Crisis Management: strong analytical skills used to provide logical solutions in time and money critical situations.
      • People Management: experience of managing, developing and motivating a diverse range of individuals into a cohesive team, both in the global world of Investment Banking, and in the local environment of General Practice.
      • Communication and presentation skills: enjoy meeting and communicating with people at all levels of business; have presented technical information to both academics and non-technical management both on a 1 to 1 level and to conference audiences; performed stand-up comedy at the Sydney Comedy Store.
      • Project Management: experienced in bringing together all the above skills to ensure that projects are driven forward and completed on-time and within budget.

      Louise Perkins CMCIPD

      Operational, personable, clear thinking, staff and patient focused Organisational Development professional. Set up entire OD functions and HR processes. Endlessly resourceful, organised and professional. Proven Organisation developer and keen investigator who builds relationships quickly. Louise constantly analyses needs and reviews the match to service delivery resulting in improvements towards organisational goals. With experience in General Practice, voluntary sector, public engagement and laboratory settings.

      Qualifications

      • Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Development attained and maintained .
      • CIPD Chartered Member 80065605.
      • 8+ years General Practice management.
      • Employment Law Updates General practice finance and pensions, Information Governance.
      • H&S in general practice, disaster recovery planning, safeguarding children and adults.
      • Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming Coaching.
      • Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming.
      • Looking at learning differently.

      Key Skills & Achievements

      • Managed a team during significant concerns through contract changes of APMS practice and managing to still be voted practice of the City in National Patient Survey during this very tricky time.
      • Issued and reviewed staff contracts and collected and collated training and employment records for new and previously employed individual's.
      • Analysed training needs as a manager and as a consultant - using appraisal, strategic direction, compliance rules, disciplinary circumstances, complaint and significant event reporting along with exit interview data.
      • Analysed the existing provision of training, identifying needs and collating and presenting the findings. Recommending and implementing cost effective, new interventions such as NVQ in health care and business administration, care certificates, Practice Management VTS, apprenticeship programmes and succession planning amongst other initiatives.
      • Turned around very high sickness absence across all staff groups by ensuring accurate and timely absence reporting, return to work meetings every time and occupational health referrals.
      • Developed robust appraisal and training systems and ensured that all mandatory training is completed on time. Created a system where all staff with delegated responsibilities have understudies for tasks which have crib sheets so understudies can instantly step up for business continuity and cover.
      • Developed teams during mergers and relocations, engaging employees in the process and motivating towards a successful conclusion.
      • Supporting schools with their applications for free school status and conversion to academy status including support in respect of due diligence and change management