Meet Our Team

Meet the hr inspire team

Find out more about who we are, our specialisms and how we support our customers!

hr inspire HR Consultants

Sandra McLellan

FCIPD, Founder/Director

With nearly 30 years of specialist expertise in driving HR initiatives at major household names such as Dixon’s Stores Group, Hilton Hotels and Radisson Hotels, Sandra is skilled in managing HR functions while keeping a commercial focus.

Since launching hr inspire in 2012, Sandra has built the business to become the partner of choice for over 100 customers, including big brands such as Amazon, Virgin Active and Royal Voluntary Service.

“I aspire to inspire people and I am actually doing this!”

Ann Miller

FCIPD, People & Operations Director 

Experienced HR and Change Leader within Public and Private sectors. Operating as a member of the Senior Executive Leadership team and as a Strategic Business Partner, Coach and trusted advisor to Senior Executives. Ann is a passionate people leader motivated by unlocking the potential of people, teams and organisations through teamwork and collaboration.

“Fabulous team, wonderful customers, engaging projects and a gorgeous office in Tring – need I say more!”

Suzanne Hurndall

Relationship Director

With specialist expertise in leadership, change management, strategy, acquisition, workplace culture, transformation and discrimination, Suzanne also heads up the consultancy’s new Respect for People initiative, designed to promote and support organisations in driving dignity and respect in the workplace.

Along with her experience in the HR sector, Suzanne has in-depth knowledge of the hospitality, private equity and retail sectors. She also works as CEO for hospitality and commercial property business, Clarenco, and has held senior positions as Board Director for Dreams, The Red Group and DSGi Business.

Jacqui O’Callaghan

MCIPD, Senior HR/ER Consultant

Graduating with a first-class honours in business administration and human resources management, Jacqui has over fifteen years’ of HR experience.
Working across a wide variety sectors, including Care, Manufacturing and Retail, Jacqui has overseen, advised and supported on all areas of HR.

“I love the variety of customers I am able to support, providing advice across such a wide ranging HR spectrum! And of course, working alongside a lovely team in beautiful Tring is a bonus.”

Sally Ward

MCIPD, HR Reward Consultant

An experienced HR Professional with a strong Retail, Distribution and Financial Services background. Sally has 21 years’ HR experience, with the last 18 years as a Reward specialist.

She is experienced in the design and implementation of reward solutions to attract, motivate and retain; and uses her expertise to support us with senior level recruitment, searching for great candidates for ‘hard to fill’ vacancies and all things ‘Reward’

“The interesting variety of work combined with a lovely team and customer base makes hr inspire a wonderful place to be!”

Nicole Hershon

BCA, HRIS Consultant

Nicole has a wealth of global HR experience spanning the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand allowing her over the past 15 years to develop deep skills in HR strategy and operations.
Her skills allow us at hr inspire to support and guide our customers in providing MI dashboards depicting HR KPI for our customers and senior management. Her skills in turning this data into meaningful information allows us to be true business partners with our customers.

“I love working at hr inspire because the team are not only extremely professional but are great fun too!”

Helen Kenny

CIPD, HR Consultant

Helen has extensive experience of Employee Relations, Change Management and Business Partnering at a high level within the hospitality, manufacturing and leisure industries.
Helen is passionate about people development and has a very professional approach whilst maintaining her boundless sense of humour and relaxed manner.

“A mingling of diverse customers, knowledgeable & progressive colleagues (who are more like family) and a wonderful flexible approach to working from our “leader” makes for a perfect place to work!”

Jo Darvell

HR Consultant 

With a career supporting some of the UK’s largest retail brands, Jo has held HR & ER roles at organisations including Dixons Carphone, Comet and BHS.

Jo’s knowledge spans both HR & ER specialisms, including disciplinary & grievances, sickness & absence management and HR policy development and maintenance.

“I love how fast paced and fun it is working at hr inspire! It’s such a pleasure to work alongside such a fantastic team who have so much experience & knowledge.”

Peter Campbell

HR Consultant

Peter is a very experienced HR professional having previously worked for a large retail company for over 12 years has been involved of all areas of HR from recruitment and training, HR management and employee relations.

Throughout Peter’s career he has been involved in creating a positive working climate with high levels of job satisfaction and morale. Peter has a great passion for developing and implementing fit for purpose HR plans, policies and systems.

“hr inspire is the perfect company for me, great balance of projects with an amazing team of people who all work together to achieve the best for our clients. This culture and working environment create a good working atmosphere and I am happy to be apart of a fantastic team.”

Allison Rice

HR Consultant 

A passionate HR professional with over 14 years’ experience, Allison enjoys coaching and guiding colleagues through various aspects of employee relation matters. Allison has worked for one of the world’s largest online grocery retailer, and enjoyed supporting the front line management team become confident leaders and supporting business growth by building successful partnership with senior leaders.

“I feel fortunate that I’ve found such an engaging and motivational team to work alongside. From day one, I’ve been made to feel part of the team and encouraged to get stuck in which is my favourite way of working! Every day I learn something new, thanks to the collaborative ethos of the team.”

Jean-Marie Da Briel

HR/ER Advisor

Jean-Marie is well experienced HR professional with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. Jean-Marie has a great desire for helping and advising colleagues and clients through all levels of employee relation challenges. Jean-Marie not only keeps a fast paced working lifestyle but in her spare time she is a qualified fitness instructor and offers her personal training skills and knowledge with aspirations of helping those get to their desired fitness levels.

“I’m happy to of joined hr inspire because I have finally found a great group of like minded professionals who work hard and achieve truly amazing results. Immediately felt welcomed by all of the staff here and felt part of the team. Working in a team like this where collectively has many years of experience means I can still learn everyday and develop my skills.”

Charlotte Roberts

HR/ER Advisor

Charlotte has joined the hr inspire team as a HR/ER Advisor with over 10 years of experience she is looking to develop her career further and soon become a HR consultant. Charlotte possess a wealth of experience and knowledge with a keen passion in HR policies, succession planning and recruiting.

With previous experience in a large oil and energy company Charlotte is used to a fast paced working environment and resolving various types of HR challenges. Charlotte has a great passion and enjoyment in keeping up to date with the latest news and trends in HR.

“I love what hr inspire do and want to be part of their projects, their vision and long term goals. They have all levels of HR with a very experienced team and I look forward to learning and developing my skills alongside them.”

Anna Arthur

HR/ER Advisor

With over 16 years in the HR industry Anna is a well experienced HR/ER Advisor. Spending most of her career in the Education Management sector Anna has an excellent in depth understanding of some of the most challenging HR & ER aspects.

With great knowledge which spans all areas of HR with interest in employee wellbeing and employee performance management.

“I am very happy and excited to join hr inspire to begin the new chapter in my career. It is a fantastic company who work with a large variety of clients which is great and means everyday is a new and different. The team here immediately made me feel more than welcome and has a great balance of expertise and knowledge.”

Joy Collison

FCIPD, Associate HRBP

An experienced HR Business Partner and Employee Relations Manager, with FCIPD qualification and a broad generalist base.
She is an excellent coach and her relationship building skills help support managers of all levels to deliver people plans.

“I love how much we all care about supporting our customers – it really creates a wonderful environment to work in”

Paula Hawkins

FCIPD, Associate

Having over 15 years in the industry Paula loves HR and working with businesses to achieve their objectives whether that is increased employee performance or a change in the company culture.

“I love being able to help companies achieve their goals and in turn to create the best working environment for their people. At hr inspire I have found myself a great team of like minded people who know how to work hard and enjoy themselves.”

Alison Reynolds 

FCIPD, Associate

Alison is a strong and dedicated individual who looks to help businesses bring the best out of their people. With a good eye for identifying measures to implement and focusing on improving employee performance.

With over 20 years of experience and offering services in HR Management, Organsiational Culture and Conflict Resolutions Alison has all the relevant experience to help our clients by providing the best solutions that work for them.

“hr inspire is truly an amazing company with a great diverse client portfolio. This allows me to help and assist many businesses with my knowledge and expertise.”

Philippa Tripp

CIPD, Associate

Philippa is a driven, enthusiastic and intuitive HR professional with 20 years generalist and organisational psychology consultancy experience. She is recognised for her ability to quickly understand client concerns and challenges. Her intuitive understanding of group dynamics allows her to facilitate team discussions and challenge the status quo. Her coaching style is results focused with a strong support: challenge orientation.

“I am passionate about helping people and businesses to transition more effectively through organisational change and hr inspire is the perfect place for me to do this.”

Polly Crabtree

MCIPD, Associate 

An HR Manager with deep employee relations expertise; Polly enjoys building trusting relationships and guiding others through the complexities of employment law.
She has gained her experience within some impressive blue chip organisations within the oil and gas, retail and FMCG industries as well as running the HR department for a pharmaceutical SME.

“Ever since I started here I have felt that as a company we have a very positive attitude to what we CAN do. It’s a case of ‘let’s see how we can do that’ rather than ‘I’m not sure if that’s going to be possible’. I love that!”

Joe Connor

CIPD, Associate

Joe is a highly motivated HR professional who has excellent inter-personal and leadership skills with the ability to connect and motivate people and build strong teams. Joe has proven throughout his professional career Joe has the ability to negotiate, develop and maintain highly successful relationships both internally and externally with colleagues, clients, and trade unions. With over 25 years in the industry Joe has a proven track record of exceeding objects and targets and is always keeping updated with latest trends within HR.

“Really excited to join hr inspire I have herd about the great things they do for their clients and I cannot wait to contribute my skills to their projects. The team has a good balance and have a great working atmosphere”.

Sabrina Menzies

Junior HR/ER Advisor 

An organised, conscientious and positive member of the hr inspire team, Sabrina is our HR & Training Coordinator. Sabrina works across many areas of the business, coordinating H&S and CPC training, assisting with HR Administration and recruiting perfect candidates for our customers.

“It’s inspiring to be surrounded by such an expert team – I love the culture at hr inspire and it’s great to see the impact we have on our customers”

Cheryl Royes

HR Administrator

A Business and Human Resource Management Graduate, Cheryl has a range of public and private sector experience.
Cheryl works alongside the HR Consultants and Advisors at hr inspire, providing strong administrative skills to deliver exceptional customer service and experience.

“hr inspire is such a welcoming company, and it’s really reflected in the strength of the relationship with our customers”

Molly Oakley

HR Apprentice

Molly is currently studying towards CIPD Level 3 as a HR Apprentice at hr inspire.

During her apprenticeship, Molly is gaining experience across all HR specialities as well as the wider business including recruitment and marketing.

“I love that I get to see all different areas of HR and the atmosphere always feels very happy!”

Jack Nolan

HR Intern

Jack is currently studying Business Management at Plymouth University, and is completing a placement year at hr inspire to develop his business and office knowledge.

Gaining experience across many divisions, Jack supports hr inspire’s Marketing, Recruitment at HR departments.

“Every day is different with lots of different challenges and is a great place to work with amazing people!”

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Sarah Downs

Accounts Manager

After 13 years as a Nurse in the NHS, Sarah decided 6 years ago to study for her AAT Diploma in Accounting. She now successfully provides us the benefit of her skills with our accounting processes.
Sarah’s approach to making sure that “no stone is left unturned” in balancing our books ensures we constantly thrive to ensure our customers get great value for money!

“I love working at hr inspire because a happy office is a great place to be!”

Joanna Morris

Marketing Manager

With over a decades’ marketing experience, Jo is a self-motivated and knowledgeable Marketing specialist.
Well versed in combining the art of creative communications with the science of data driven marketing, Jo is passionate about the opportunity that the intelligent use of modern marketing methods offer.

“It doesn’t feel like work when it’s so much fun! We’ve got such a great brand built by a wonderful team.”

Shahbaz Shah

Marketing & Business Development Executive 

Shahbaz is our Head of Marketing and Business Development Executive who works within multiple areas of the business to help grow and develop the brand through various channels.

With a passion for event management Shahbaz is involved in all marketing events which hr inspire host to help enable further engagement, brand awareness and perception of the business. Shahbaz is also for responsible for the content management of all Marketing communications both internal and external of the business.

Shahbaz holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic and Digital Marketing MSc and is seeking to do further higher education to develop his knowledge further on business operations.

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Lulu McLellan

Lulu’s responsibilities include looking after our office and facilities, from ensuring our sofas are kept warm to checking our digestive biscuits are tested and safe to consume.

Stella Crabtree

Stella is our resident hr inspire style icon, keeping the team up to date with the latest neckerchief fashions to on trend beard shapes.

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