Our senior management team
Terry Edney, Chartered Fellow CIPD (Chief Executive Officer)
Terry has been with BusinessHR since 1995 and prior to his current appointment, was Chief Operating Officer.
He has wide HR experience in such sectors as retail, petroleum and IT and was HR Director for two leading IT companies.
He subsequently moved into executive management where he was involved in developing businesses in both the UK and the USA. Terry has also used this wide expertise to conduct HR and business development orientated consulting projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the USA.
Terry holds a Bachelors degree in Business Finance, a Masters degree in Employment Law and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Alison Blackhurst, Chartered Member CIPD (HR Knowledge Manager)
Prior to joining us, Alison spent several years working as a self-employed consultant providing a full generalist service to SMEs, including advising on employment policies, contracts, disciplinary matters and new employment legislation. Alison previously held a number of HR management positions in personnel and training within a blue-chip unionised food manufacturing company, an accountancy firm and the BBC.
Since joining BusinessHR in 2001, Alison has undertaken a wide range of consulting projects including conducting a large number of HR audits and subsequently creating HR policies and procedures for the clients. Other assignments have included supporting clients who are undertaking redundancies and restructuring. Alison also acts as an outsourced HR resource for a medium sized accounting firm and its clients and has conducted a range of management and employment law seminars.
Alison is based near Newark, Nottinghamshire. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the flute and piccolo, particularly with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently adjusting to being an "empty nester".
Sue Watson, Chartered Member CIPD (HR Operations Manager)
Sue held HR roles in a manufacturing company for fourteen years before she joined our team, and prior to that provided HR support for the Royal Northern College of Music. Offering broad HR advice to both senior and site management, Sue has extensive knowledge of employment law, disciplinary procedures and the introduction of new terms and conditions, as well as experience in conducting negotiations with recognised unions in respect of pay awards, and in dealing with management/unions re TUPE negotiations. In addition, Sue has set up several HR databases and has experience in managing payroll systems.
Since joining BusinessHR, Sue has undertaken a range of consulting projects for our clients. These projects have included a large number of HR audits, creating bespoke HR policies and procedures for client's HR intranets, conducting assessment/development centres for recruitment, redundancy selection and restructuring, and conducting seminars for managers on a range of HR topics. In addition, Sue managed an outsourced recruitment operation for a major "not-for-profit" organisation.
Sue is based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, and is married with two children. Any spare time is therefore spent giving cookery/house maintenance advice to her son at university, ferrying her daughter to/from various Air Training Corps activities and walking the dog. Sue also enjoys playing with the Mistura Clarinetti quartet, and plays the piano in her church worship band.
David Rankin (Head of Business Development)
David had a long career in the City reaching senior executive level in a major financial organisation. Since then he has worked in a number of business development roles in much smaller organisations.
In the six years that he has been with BusinessHR, he has thoroughly enjoyed developing the company's client base with large, medium and small organisations and in a wide range of sectors including insurance, universities, accounting, advertising, logistics and flour milling.
Happily married, he has three sons and lives in Harpenden in Hertfordshire. David is a lifelong Everton supporter but is not very sure why.
Dave Joubert (Technology Manager)
Dave joined BusinessHR in 2000 after a long and varied career in the computing industry.
He is responsible for the design and implementation of the BHR core web engine, as well the backoffice system that makes it possible for the advisors to all work from home. He is also responsible for all of our day-to-day IT work, as well as saying 'Yes, it can be done' in response to any query.
Dave's career began with punch-cards and soldering irons, and over the years has progressed via coal laboratories, trust companies and various software houses (and approximately 15 computer languages). He know more about trust accounting, Chi squared tests, Alpha/Beta pruning and elevator algorithms than he needs to.
Dave was born in Holland, lived in South Africa for a long time and currently lives in Walton on the Naze on the Essex coast. He enjoys reading (mainly 'hard' science fiction), thinking (Group theory, algorithmic composition and 3D lattices) and programming (VRML and Tcl).
Our advisory team
Our advisory team includes:
Abi Ashford, Chartered Member CIPD - Advisor
Abi joined the BusinessHR team of advisors in June 2006. Prior to this, her HR experience was gained within the automotive and aircraft manufacturing industry, commencing on a graduate training scheme, progressing to HR management and later to HR director level; before taking a career break to start her family.
Abi has a degree in psychology, which helps tremendously with the varying nature of the calls we receive on the helpline! Abi's knowledge and experience, developed over twelve years, spans the HR and training and development field, which she has been able to transfer into the academic world by lecturing on CIPD programmes at her local college. Her experience includes managing large scale resourcing and redundancy programmes, implementing flexible working practices, managing change projects, and also managing exit strategies for senior staff.
In her spare time, Abi likes to play her piano to drown out the noise of her little ones. She is based in Bromsgrove but spends many family weekends in their classic air cooled VW campervan, in Devon and Cornwall.
Carol Hatcliff, Chartered Fellow CIPD - Advisor
Carol, who joined BusinessHR in November 2008, has an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management and over 20 years' operational experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Previous responsibilities have included HR, training and development, Health and Safety, volunteers, facilities management, insurances and running a busy department for a national charity.
Carol also works as an independent consultant working on recruitment and redundancy programmes, reorganisation, team and management development and one to one coaching. She is also a lay member of the Employment Tribunal Service.
A "Geordie" in exile, Carol is a keen Newcastle United supporter although prefers the sofa to the terraces! Carol and husband Norman enjoy ballroom and latin dancing, the theatre and spending time with their growing family.
Lyn McBriar, Chartered Fellow CIPD - Advisor
Lyn joined the BusinessHR team in June 2010. She has held senior HR management positions in a variety of organisations and sectors, including retail, finance, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing/distribution. As a self-employed consultant, she has significant experience of delivering strategic HR guidance and generalist support to clients in fast-moving and flexible environments. She has particular experience of coaching managers on organisational development, performance improvement and change programmes.
Lyn was born in Northern Ireland and moved away to study Modern Languages at the University of Kent. Having worked and lived in various locations throughout England, she moved back to Northern Ireland in the late 1990s to take up a business consulting post. Since then she has had a variety of operational and consultancy roles across the private, public and third sectors.
Joanne Moss, Chartered Member CIPD - Advisor
Joanne joined the BusinessHR team in April 2008, bringing with her extensive experience in providing a customer focused and commercially aware employment law/HR advisory service as both an HR Advisor and HR Services Manager. Joanne has worked within the automotive, catering, manufacturing and warehousing and distribution environments. Her experience is generalist and also covers training and development, designing and delivering management training. Joanne is also a qualified assessor for the IMI.
Joanne lives in rural Suffolk and enjoys spending her weekends with her young family, which is growing rapidly!
Tracey Riley, Chartered Member CIPD - Advisor
Before joining the helpline team in 2004, Tracey spent twelve years with a leading industrial automation provider. As HR Manager, she gained extensive experience at senior management level through successful completion of restructuring activities, acquisitions, advising on employment law, harmonising terms and conditions, contracts and policies and employee relations. More recently, Tracey worked as a self-employed consultant providing a full range of generalist HR support to small businesses, as well as outplacement consultancy.
On the days she is not helping BHR clients, Tracey holds a part-time position of HR Manager for an aerospace organisation, so continues to have front-line experience of HR!
Tracey lives in Staffordshire, not far from her home town of Wolverhampton, but has worked in various UK and overseas locations during her career. Her spare time is often taken up with baking and creating celebration and novelty cakes.
Claire Rogers, Chartered Member CIPD - Advisor
Claire joined the Businesshr team in July 2005 as part of a portfolio career. Her corporate HR days (years) were spent in quite different cultures, ranging from blue-chip fmcg, Oxfordshire high-tech and London accountancy. Claire progressed from recruitment through generalist HR management, specialising in management development. She has extensive experience in recruitment, restructures and large scale redundancy programmes. Having gained a certificate in psychodynamic counselling she quickly chose to continue in the commercial world, currently coaching and advising on outplacement programmes.
Having also finished as a puppy socialiser (persuaded by the kids to get their own dog), and to balance out her day work, Claire acts as a voluntary speaker for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, finding herself in front of WI groups, Cubs, Guides and day centres (the only audience allowed to nap). The rest of her time is spent ferrying her family around various hockey fixtures. Due to her innate networking skills, she rarely knows the match score.
Sue Rumsby, Chartered Fellow CIPD - Advisor
Sue joined the BusinessHR advisory team in July 2008. She has a MA degree in Human Resource Management and over 25 years' experience working within a HR environment.
Her experience includes HR roles within manufacturing and engineering industries, the public sector and voluntary/charitable organisations. More recently she has been employed as a senior manager with overall responsibility for Human Resources, Training and Development and Health and Safety within a local charity and has a wealth of experience in the provision of pragmatic HR advice to small organisations. Sue has also been involved in major change management, restructuring and strategic human resource management.
On a personal level Sue shares a love of a wide range of music with her husband and also enjoys creative writing and making home made cakes and jam. She is based in Norfolk and has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.
Our advisory team possesses a broad range of experience across all sectors including:
- finance and banking
- manufacturing and production
- transport and distribution
Our advisors handle our helpline calls and contribute to our website content, which is reviewed, expanded and updated on a regular basis. They also prepare our monthly newsletter, which can be received if you register and hot topics.
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