Meet the team in Hackney

Ade Adeniji Chartered MCIPD, FRSA

Ade Adeniji

Ade is an Organisational Consultant, certified Coach and Group Facilitator. He has over 20 years’ experience in human resources and personal development, spanning the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He was Human Resources Director with Liberty Global Europe, a digital media company, with responsibility for the UK, Netherlands, Spain and Central Europe. Prior to that, he was Head of Human Resources with Guardian News and Media Ltd. He held other HR roles with ITV, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Cabinet Office and the Government Legal Service. Past clients include National Health Service, Lewisham Council, BBC, The Economist, Phillips, Terrence Higgins Trust, NAZ Project London, and School of Social Entrepreneurs.

Ade holds a Law degree; in addition he has an MSc in Human Resources, a Diploma in Group Facilitation, Counseling Skills and Conflict Resolution, and a Certificate in Coaching Skills. He is a qualified Workplace Mediator and NLP practitioner. He is also a Certified The Daring Way™ Facilitator (based on the research of Brené Brown).

As a practitioner, Ade adopts a holistic approach to all aspects of his practice, working with individuals, teams and organisations to cultivate conscious choices, discover infinite options and achieve optimal results.

Ali Moran FCIPD

Ali Moran

Ali is an enthusiastic collaborative HR consultant and enjoys working with small and medium businesses, proactively contributing to the development and achievement of business objectives and supporting business owners and managers to get the best from teams

Ali is also an experienced operational manager, having worked in sales, sales support, marketing and customer service before starting her career in HR.

She is a Fellow of the CIPD, works at both strategic and operational level and her commercial and practical approach is underpinned by a Masters degree in employment law.

Examples of her work include implementing the basics such as an employee database, contract of employment, employee handbook and effective people related policies, managing recruitment campaigns for a wide variety of roles, designing an induction process to enable managers to successfully integrate new team members into the company and manage the probationary period effectively, managing the design and implementation of a performance management system, developing and delivering results oriented training, supporting and coaching managers to manage performance and behaviour issues and grievances and advising on organisational structure in periods of growth and decline.

Ann Gibson Chartered MCIPD

Ann Gibson

Ann came to HR as a career change after running a small gardening and design business. She worked as a sub-contractor for a large Gardening business and was invited to manage the staffing and recruitment in a high profile contract in West London. She learned HR on the job and drawing on business set-up knowledge, decided on HR as a career path.

Ann then worked for a large engineering services company in SE London where she shaped and moulded the HR function and started an Apprenticeship Programme which is now affiliated to The Princes Trust.

She also worked as an HR leader for a nationwide retail/sales business managing business change and ER casework UK wide. Reaching Board level for a multi-national in Facilities sector, Ann supported Regional Managers in UK, EU and Asia with change management and employee relations. Having “found a seat at the boardroom table”, Ann returned to the SME sector to work with businesses on HR and development of people processes. Clients are typically businesses who pay National Minimum Wage, crafts/creative professionals, facilities management, cleaning companies, estate agents, lawyers and small accounting businesses.

Ann works on the premise of, “you have worked hard to grow your business and I can assist with growing your people processes.”

Carolyn Hawley Chartered MCIPD

Carolyn Hawley

Carolyn (Caz) is a senior and well qualified Human Resources professional and Coach with 25 years’ of varied experience. With experience across a broad diversity of organisations, she has most recently provided bespoke HR advice, coaching and solutions to an SME in the Oil & Gas Sector, and created a full HR framework. She has previously worked with Engineering, FMCG, Public Sector and Charity organisations.

She brings a wealth of international exposure, and is at the same time able to adapt her experience and tailor HR solutions according to the local needs and growth plans of the SME Client. She has a down-to–earth approach and is particularly committed to encouraging growth in others through coaching and other development means. With a strong partnering ethos and good awareness of commercial issues, she has an open and positive attitude with a “can do” approach. A calm, unruffled professional, who is thorough, flexible, dedicated and resilient.

Caz also brings a variety of coaching experience and is an Associate Coach Facilitator & Coach Assessor for a Post-Graduate Certificate programme accredited by Chester University, run by Barefoot Coaching Ltd. She coaches Private Clients, often with particular emphasis on Career Coaching. Caz also works as an Associate Coach with Young Offenders, 1:1 and in groups, through the charity Spark Inside, and is a Mentor through CIPD “Steps Ahead” programme working with graduates & returners to employment.

Karen Edwards Chartered FCIPD

Karen Edwards

Karen has been practicing as a Human Resources professional since the mid-eighties. In the eleven years up to January 2013, she was operating at a senior leadership level majoring on leading medium-sized organisations through significant organisational change. These roles required her to contribute not only to strategy but to be hands-on and participate across the whole range of HR activities. She also has over 20 years’ experience of trade union negotiations surrounding the terms and conditions of people’s employment and health and safety matters.

Since January 2013 she has worked as an independent HR Consultant, supporting and advising small to medium-sized businesses with their HR needs. This brings her into regular contact with a broad range of businesses, occupations, professions and trades. Her particular knowledge and professional interests are in employment law, management of change, employment relations, skills development and recruitment. Some of her consultancy work concerns the preparation of expert witness reports for the Courts in loss of earnings cases regarding people with (generally) profound disability following medical negligence, accident or injury.

Karen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management. She also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring.

Trudy Thom Chartered FCIPD B.Sc.(Hons)

Trudi Thom

Trudy has specialised in HR for over 20 years. Her first experience of the SME sector was the family business and she has worked with a range of SMEs since then. She can work with you on a variety of people issues to enhance performance. These include recruitment, induction, development, objective setting, coaching senior managers as well as those new to managing people and organisational design and development. Her special interests are staff engagement and performance management.

Trudy has a Management Science degree from Warwick University and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. She is also qualified in Organisational Design and Development