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HR Associates

In addition to the in-house consulting team, we have a number of consultants who are generalists, but also add expertise in the following areas:

  • employment tribunal representation
  • pay and benefits
  • TUPE
  • employee surveys


Derek Eccleston MA, FCIPD, ACII
Derek is an experienced, practical HR consultant, specialising training on employment law and employee relations. He spent over 20 years in senior HR roles in a number of industries - local government, engineering and financial services. He is a senior presenter for the CIPD and develops and presents public and in-house events for other national training providers including JSB; CLT and IDS.

Gill Phillips M.Sc.,FCIPD
Gill is a proactive generalist expert who works with our clients, providing cost-effective solutions that meet their objectives. She has wide experience at senior level both in public and private sector organisations, including construction, property development, not for profit, manufacturing and dental practices.

John Williams BA, FCIPD
A former HR director with strategic and organisational development experience, and particular knowledge of pharmaceutical, agri-biotech, animal health, nutrition and engineering industries, John works with us as a generalist HR consultant and employment law expert. John has served as an employment tribunal Lay Member since 2002.

Lesley Pearson FCIPD, MISMA
Lesley has over 25 years comprehensive HR experience, with particular expertise in reward and benefits. She has worked with us on a number of projects using a practical “hands on” approach.



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The Russell HR Team

Because our brand of human resources is so unusual we rarely take qualified HR people. All our people are trained in-house to ensure they acquire the level of skills and knowledge required by the company and reflect our quality ethos.

In-house HR Consultants

Kirsty Taylor

Since Kirsty joined the RHR she’s been involved in a wide variety of activities, including the restructure in a London property development company, leading the recruitment project to ensure that the new management structure was robust and fit for purpose.

Kirsty says: I started as a trainee knowing very little about HR. I worked my way through about 12 modules over a period of 12 months to gain an understanding of various subjects of employment law such as recruitment, investigations and even TUPE. Once I had a basic understanding I was then able to start putting that knowledge into practice with real client queries. The most difficult thing was understanding how each individual client worked and being able to relate advice to a particular workplace. To overcome that I did some work shadowing with some of our clients in different sectors. Not only was it great fun but I got to find out first-hand how clients worked.

I’ve dealt with some tricky situations (as our case studies will tell you!) particularly when it comes to redundancy and disciplines. You get a real sense of achievement when you’re able to crack those tough cookies and get the client the result they wanted. Consultants are always there to offer support and guidance if it is needed so you never have to deal with anything completely alone. One thing I’ve found is that you never stop learning in this role. I’m now helping our newest recruits with their training which in turn is helping to embed my own employment law knowledge.

Becky Faulkner, Trainee HR Consultant

Before joining Russell HR Consulting in April 2017, I had worked in customer service, reward and recognition and dealt with personnel administration in a head office function. I am always eager to learn so in 2015 I completed a NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration.

I soon realised that HR is something I really enjoyed and I thought I could be really good at it. I started studying and in 2017 I completed a CIPD Level 3 in Human Resources and starting looking for somewhere to start my career in HR.

Russell HR offered a really unusual opportunity and I really went for it. The recruitment was tough but I persevered and eventually joined the team in April.

Since then I’ve been on the HR Hero Machine, the in-house training programme. I cannot believe how much I have learnt with RHR in such a short space of time. I’ve put together handbooks and terms and conditions of employment for a variety of clients. I am currently studying the module of investigations which crosses over in to other areas such as discipline and grievance. There are around 12 modules to get through and I’m excited to start putting it all in to practice. The best thing about working in a consultancy is the variety and challenges each day brings.