Summary

I specialise in protecting employers from their own employees.
With nearly 30 years experience of working in large unionised environments I cut my 'HR Teeth' dealing with some very contentious and complex employment issues. I use that high level of practical HR skill to support my clients to achieve their business goals whilst navigating their way through the 91 employment rights that each of their employees has.

As an MCIPD and MBA qualified HR consultant running my own HR consultancy based in Rossendale I pride myself on providing practical HR expertise for small and medium sized employers in the north west of England.

I understand how hard it is to keep up with the constant changes in employment law, how easy it is for employers to feel that they can't do or say anything in a meeting with an employee without it coming back to haunt them and how easy the 'no win no fee' culture can make it for disgruntled employees to make life difficult for employers.

I offer a free initial consultation to employers who want confidential, no obligation advice.

Contact details:
Suite 3, Station House
New Hall Hey Road
Rawtenstall
Rossendale
BB4 6AJ

Telephone: 0844 249 1133
Mobile : 07837 582217
e-mail : alison@metishr.co.uk
webstie : www.metishr.co.uk

Expertise


I specialise in protecting employers from their own employees.
With nearly 30 years experience of working in large unionised environments I cut my 'HR Teeth' dealing with some very contentious and complex employment issues. I use that high level of practical HR skill to support my clients to achieve their business goals whilst navigating their way through the 91 employment rights that each of their employees has.

As an MCIPD and MBA qualified HR consultant running my own HR consultancy based in Rossendale I pride myself on providing practical HR expertise for small and medium sized employers in the north west of England.

Help recruiting staff; Help developing staff; Help dealing with staff; Help with staff policies;
Specialising in undertaking employee investigations and dealing with sensitive HR matters requiring presentation in disciplinary and grievance hearings.

Experience

  • Metis HR Ltd

    HR Consultant, owner and Managing Director
    2011 - Current
    Metis HR Ltd
    Metis HR is a Lancashire based HR consultancy working with small to medium sized businesses in the north west of England which want to protect themselves from being taken to an employment tribunal. We work face to face with business owners who want to deal with their employees fairly and in a way which works for their business. Metis HR delivers solutions which underpin the belief that managers have a right to manage and employees should "earn their corn" whilst at work. We relieve the burden from employers of keeping up to date with the ever changing employment legislation, making sure their HR policies comply with the law and give them help when they need it to deal effectively with difficult staff. Metis HR delivers a quick response, an extended hours service and a practical, hand-holding approach to employee management. We charge on a retained basis or provide support on a consultancy basis. Services include: - legal compliance reviews of existing policies - compilation of staff handbooks to meet an employers need - practical advice and guidance on managing employees - investigations into alleged employee misconduct - disciplinary investigations - support in disciplinary and grievance hearings - practical help and support to businesses embarking on disciplinary or grievance procedures - providing a professional HR presence in formal meetings that employers convene with employees -professional HR Consultancy services Available for interim positions, HR consultancy, one-off projects or on a retained services basis.
  • DGCOS

    HR Director
    2009 - Current
    Providing professional HR Consultant support for the Ombudsman Scheme for the double glazing industry in the capacity of HR Director. The Double Glazing and Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) ensures every consumer using a DGCOS Accredited Installer receives extensive protection to include: 1 - Accredited Installers 2 - Deposit Protection* 3 - 10 Year Guarantee 4 - Insurance Backed Guarantee* 5 - Free Advice Line 6 - Ombudsman Protection *DGCOS insists every customer of every member receives the protection of these services through its Approved Supplier. To protect homeowners further DGCOS provides free access to professional mediators, independent inspectors and a Compensation Fund to honour awards made by the Ombudsman. DGCOS will restore consumer confidence by providing peace of mind and protection when consumers use a DGCOS Accredited Installer.
  • Oldham Council

    Independent Member of Standards Committee
    2009 - Current
    Independent Member of this committee made up of elected and independent members of Oldham Council which deals with conduct issues reported to the Council.
  • Positive Steps Oldham

    Director of Corporate Services
    2003 - 2011
    Responsible for the provision of effective professional services in this charity providing services to vulnerable peolpe in the borough of Oldham. Most senior HR professional advising Board of Trustees on HR matters. Direct responsibility for HR Governance in charitable organisation receiving public money and the provision of high quality professional HR services to a group of 4 companies.Additional areas of responsiblity incuded Finance, IT, Performance Management, Marketing and Communications, Administration and Facilities. Held the position of Company Secretary for the charity and three subsidiary organisations.
  • Oldham Council Social Services

    Head of Personnel and Training
    1998 - 2002
    Responsible for the provision of professional HR services (Personnel, Training, Staff Welfare, Health and Safety) in the Department of Social Services. Operating as internal project consultant for IIP accreditation.
  • Accrington and Rossendale College

    Head of Business and Management
    1996 - 1998
    Lecturing in HR (Employment Law, People Management etc) to HND Business level. Providing bespoke HR Consultant services to local companies developing in-house supervisory training programmes as part of income generating activities.
  • Accrington and Rossendale College

    Lecturer in Business and Management
    1987 - 1996
    Lectured in HR and employment law to HND level. Providing bespoke HR Consultant services to local companies developing in-house supervisory training programmes as part of income generating activities.
  • Rossendale General Hospital

    Hotel Services Manager
    1983 - 1987
    Responsible for Catering, Domestic, Linen and Portering Services in hospital and 4 health centres.
  • Bedford General Hospital

    Assistant Domestic Services Manager
    1982 - 1983

Qualifications

MBA BSc(Hons) MCIPD FCMI (Fellow of Chartered Management Institute)

Clubs and Associations

Independent member of Oldham Council Standards Commission
Trustee and Committee Member for Rough Lee Home, Accrington, home for adults with disabilities
Volunteer dog walker for local animal charity
Member of East Lancs Chamber of Trade
Member of Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce

Interests and Hobbies

I'm married with two grown up children and two Border Terriers which don't get on and need walking separately, so I walk a lot! Before I set up my own business I had interests and occasionally took one of those things called a holiday - I hope to do so again because I enjoy travelling to warm places (I don't like the cold). I enjoy reading, gardening and go to the gym regularly when my gammy knee and dodgy back allow.

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