I grew up in Guildford, Surrey and always had a keen interest in Business and more specifically the HR side of business.
I took a gap year after completing my A levels and spent over a year at an independent boarding and day school, working full time within their bursary and then as a school secretary. Within this time, I wrote the school magazine, the termly newsletter as well as all other aspects of administration within the school. Following this, I went on to achieve a University of Surrey degree in Business Administration and tailored the degree towards HR giving me a number of exemptions from CIPD exams.
Following successful completion of my degree, I was employed by CSC at the European headquarters in Hampshire. Here, I worked within the HR administration department with all aspects of HR from new recruits to leavers, maternity and sickness, learning and development and was involved and subsequently headed up a number of TUPE transfers alongside the HR advisor and was the team lead of the new starter team. I was also given many projects to look after, the biggest one being the voluntary redundancy project, whereby I had sole responsibility for the costings of each group of employees wishing to take the voluntary redundancy offered. (This involved quite possibly the largest Excel document I have amended to date!)
Having exhausted HR administration I sought a role that I could bring all of my skills together and began working for the MD of a commercial letting and residential development company as his PA, Office Manager and HR Manager for the organisation. In the 11 years that I was with this company, I saw many changes to employment law as EU regulations have become more stringent and I made and hence amended many policies as the years went by. The experience I gained here has proven invaluable from general office administration tasks, sadly the breaking down of two subsidiary companies and subsequent redundancies to solely and successfully defending the company in an employment tribunal case. My role also required me to constantly look at ways to save money on the office overheads, such as landline and broadband contracts, mobile phones, MFD contracts, stationery, printing etc. As a result, I have become very adept at researching the right contract to fit the needs of the business.
I have now decided it is time to put my skills into my own company and offer my services as a Virtual Office Assistant and HR consultant.
I am a member of the Society of Virtual Assistants and have Professional Indemnity insurance.
In my own time I love spending time with my husband and two sons, our menagerie of animals (mainly rescues!) and taking our two horses to local shows.