Practical HR has been providing HR Consultancy services to SME's since 2002. We pride ourselves on taking a pragmatic and commercial approach to HR and understanding the needs of SME's.
Our practical approach also means that we are always looking for easier and more effective ways of doing things. We have therefore embraced technology and integrated this into our services, allowing us to offer different options and deliver efficiencies to our clients.
Our aim is to provide HR solutions that will help you move your business forward. This means making HR easier, providing support that can be understood and easily implemented. Our team are extremely well versed in the legal and practical aspects of HR which means we can offer solutions that help support your business.
Our unique and innovative solution, YourHR.space, provides a framework where we create an online space for all your HR and draft and maintain all your HR documents for you. It has multiple features that support you and help streamline HR administration and communication.
YourHR.space gives you the freedom to make HR decisions with confidence while also dramatically reducing the amount of time spent on HR.
Meet the Team
Here to help you move your business forward and to make your HR easier.
The Practical HR team have and continue to use their experience, knowledge and expertise to provide practical solutions through their services and products. If there are any elements of your HR that you need assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact the team.
Managing Director LLB (hons), LLM
Paula Fisher founded Practical HR in May 2002. Prior to this Paula held senior HR management positions within corporate organisations and in 1997 completed a Law Degree (LLB Hons), graduating with a 1st class honours. She has also gained a master's degree (LL.M) in Employment Law and Employee Relations and has lectured in employment law at Anglia Ruskin University on the CIPD course (Certified Institute of Personnel & Development). Paula has been working with SME’s for over 20 years. She brings a commercial approach to HR, recognising that HR is an integral part of running a business. Her view is that HR should ensure that an organisation has flexibility and protection and should help (not hinder) an organisation in helping them achieve their business objectives and move their business forward. Paula is also a published author and her book ‘HR for SME’s – a practical guide’, is a culmination of her many years working for SME’s; providing practical and commercial HR support.
Senior HR Consultant
Fiona Haworth, has 30 years’ experience in HR. She has spent the last 15 years working as an HR Consultant, supporting clients through a wide variety of employment issues, including restructures / redundancies, TUPE transfers, disciplinary and grievance matters, long-term absence etc. She also has extensive, hands-on experience of drafting and implementing employment contracts and employee handbooks. Fiona has a strong knowledge of employment law legislation and supports clients with employment tribunal claims. Working closely with a Barrister she ensures cases are fully prepared and defended robustly. Fiona works with clients to develops strategies to help them meet their objectives. She explains complex issues in ‘jargon-free' language and sets out any procedures that need to be followed in clear, logical steps. Prior to working in consultancy, Fiona spent fifteen years in numerous HR generalist and management roles within the Financial Services sector.
Employment Relations Consultant
Angie Dansey is an experienced HR Professional with a strong knowledge of employment law legislation, employee relations and employee development. She has a proven track record of implementing HR policies, practices and procedures in high-pressure environments. Before working in HR Angie had 12 years’ experience working as an Operations Manager which provided her with the experience and understanding of the commercial pressures that businesses must deal with on a day to day basis. This has enabled Angie to understand the needs of clients and have a true appreciation of the time and distraction that HR issues can cause in the workplace. Angie has extensive experience and expertise in employment relations, specialising in matters such as long-term absence and conduct and performance issues. She also a trained mediator.
Before joining Practical HR, Natalie had been working in HR for almost 2 years during which time she achieved the CIPD Level 3 Diploma in Human Resources Practice and acquired a keen interest in employee relations and employment law. Natalie joined us in 2016 as an HR Administrator / Account Manager and was greatly involved in our YourHR.space client websites but also worked closely with our Consultants to provide administrative support and to further develop her skills and knowledge. This led to her developing into becoming a HR Co-ordinator; this role involves her assisting the Consultants in many aspects of their work including drafting of HR documents and letters, communications monitoring and supporting clients' cases.
With a background in HR Administration, Crystal is the newest addition to the Practical HR team. Crystal works closely with the HR Coordinator and Consultants to provide Administration support for our Clients. This includes the drafting of HR documentation and letters and providing support with our Outsourced HR service.
Account Manager - YourHR.space
Gina is involved in the building, updating and maintaining of the websites of our YourHR.space clients. She is immersing herself in the YourHR.space processes to ensure that her clients are provided with a site that is effective, accurate and easy to use. Prior to working at Practical HR Gina spent 11 years working in numerous roles within the Financial Services Industry, which gave her knowledge of HR issues and the need for building strong working relationships with clients.
Leah is involved in the building, updating and maintaining of the websites of our YourHR.space clients. She is very conscious of the YourHR.space processes and is therefore able to ensure that our clients are provided with a site that is accurate, effective and easy to use. She has experience designing and building websites for businesses and so is familiar with common issues with usability and functionality and, is meticulous in the testing process in order to create the perfect site for our clients.
When managing Employment Tribunal claims, Practical HR works closely with Sami Rahman who provides additional expertise when preparing for tribunal and provides representation at hearings. Sami is a specialist employment practitioner with an extensive employment practice. Sami Rahman - Called 1996 (Lincoln's Inn), LLB (Hons) You can view his full profile by clicking here.
Leila has a strong background in customer service and client relations, which has developed from working within the financial, healthcare and construction industries. She is passionate about providing a thorough and supportive service to our Clients, and works closely with our Consultants and Account Managers to help ensure our Clients receive the best possible support from the services we provide.
IT & Facilities Management
Peter Fisher has been supporting businesses with their IT for over 30 years and has worked across many industries and with corporate and public sector organisations, as well as SME's. He makes our IT easy and ensures that the IT for Practical HR allows us to utilise technology while being appropriate for the size of our organisation. He also manages our facilities to ensure our offices and workspace are professional, functional and comfortable.
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