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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.



Excellent, informative. Who knew HR could be so entertaining!

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Karen Abell, PE& Sport Department Manager, Active Luton

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
Kirsty achieved a degree in Fashion at the University of Northampton. She started with Russell HR as a trainee in 2014. Since then she has been involved in a wide variety of activities including the restructure in a London property development company and led the recruitment project to ensure that the new management structure was robust and fit for purpose.

Kirsty says: Starting work as a trainee HR consultant with very little knowledge of HR or employment law was daunting. I spent my first month looking at recruitment; reading on the subject (a lot!) and case law, visiting clients and associates who specialised in recruitment, and familiarising myself with our recruitment templates. For the end of the module I had to prepare a ten minute presentation; by presenting and answering questions at the end of it, I began to realise how much I had learnt in a short space of time. That process was repeated across a variety of subjects and I learnt more in a few months than I thought I would achieve in an entire year! Every day is so different; you never know what you might be dealing with when you walk through the door each morning but it makes work interesting.

Kirsty successfully completed the first phase of her training and is now an active member of the team and helping the next generation of trainees learn HR the Russell HR way.

Lauren Sibley
Lauren gained a diploma in HND Business Management at Bedford College in 2014. As part of her diploma work experience, she did a stint with Russell HR in early 2014 and joined us after passing her final exams. Lauren is now working as our Co-ordinator. Liaising closely with the consulting team she is involved in a wide variety of business-related activities.