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.”

Kate Shanks

HR Consultant

Kate Shanks is a confident and highly professional with over 20 years’ experience within the HR environment and 15 years working at management level. During this time Kate has had practical experience in the effective management of an HR function and ad-hoc projects including business start ups, organisational restructures including recruitment and redundancy, performance, absence and change management.

“I love working at hr inspire – the ethos of the business is fantastic, and it’s great to be able to work alongside such a knowledgeable, experienced and fun team of HR experts!” 

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.”

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.”

Anna Brooks

MCIPD, HR Consultant Project Manager

With more than fifteen years’ HR experience, predominantly in professional services, Anna has worked in a range of HR managerial roles. Anna has expertise in shared services, business partnering, consulting and HR transformation, in which she has run HR projects implementing HR systems, setting up teams and re-engineering processes.

Anna has a particular interest in HR transformation and process design.

“I’m excited to join a tightknit team who work collaboratively, drawing on the range of strengths and experiences across the team to deliver a great service”

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.”

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”

Anna Arthur

MCIPD, 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.”

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.”

Sam Smith

Office Administrator

Sam boasts a wealth of Customer Service experience across different industries & sectors, taking pride in strong service skills, benefiting both hr inspire colleagues and customers. An integral member of our team, Sam provides comprehensive and proficient administration and project support across hr inspire.

““Every day is a new day to learn. I so enjoy working with such an inspiring creative team & in a happy environment”

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!”

Annie Maclaurin

HR Apprentice

Annie joins hr inspire as an Apprentice, and is currently studying Level 3 CIPD having completed her A levels in 2020.

“I’m very pleased to be part of the hr inspire team and am looking forward to developing my career in hr through all the different experience and knowledge that I will gain here!”

Natasha Gregory

Commercial Intern

Natasha joined hr inspire in 2021, and is currently our Commercial Intern. 

Natasha is a recent BA(hons) Business Management graduate from Pearson Business School, and is certainly a multitalented team member holding a Grade 5 in piano and music theory as well as 7 years’ customer service experience across different industries.

“I really enjoy being able to learn new skills across the business, with every day filled with a variety of different and interesting projects!”

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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.”

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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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