Pete Colby - Director / Lead Mediator


The founder of Pragmatism (UK) Ltd. With over 30 years in industry, Pete has managed factories with highly demanding customers, challenging Trade Unions and hundreds of employees reporting to him. He's worked his way from the ‘coal-face’ on shop floors through to executive level for global blue-chip organisations such as Rolls-Royce. Through this varied experience he's dealt with most people-related challenges from every angle.

Throughout his career Pete has guided individuals, teams and organisations in not only resolving disputes, but also helping them to develop relationships, enhance working environments and evolve organisational cultures.

Pete attributes his passion for people engagement to being educated at “the University of Life”. He sees qualifications as secondary to experience, but he does have a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Strategic HR, distinctions in Employment Law, he's a qualified and registered Mediator (Civil, Commercial and Workplace) and is also a Fellow of the CIPD (FCIPD).

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Claire Bracegirdle - Mediator / Counsellor

Claire is a qualified and accredited Civil, Commercial & Employment Mediator. She is also a fully qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist.

Claire has over 8 years’ experience of working with adults, couples and children working privately and on a consultancy basis for various companies and charities. From her background of therapy, Claire is highly experienced at dealing with people’s everyday stresses, anxieties & relationship challenges.


One of Claire's greatest strengths is her friendly and bubbly personality which definitely helps in her work, enabling people to relax as much as possible during mediation. Having such a busy life Claire has little time for hobbies, but particularly enjoys her time with family and friends. She is also an animal lover with two dogs and a cat at home.


As an Associate of Pragmatism, Claire can help parties to resolve their disputes in any commercial, civil, legal or workplace dispute anywhere in the UK.

Jane Fisher - Leadership Development / Change Expert

Jane has an extensive portfolio of business and education working, her proven expertise within Managing Change and Quality Improvement gained through wide-ranging practical experience, as well as the knowledge and skills, gained through a 33-year career spanning operational, managerial and strategic level working within the public and private sector. Following an eminent career of leading educational change and service improvement, including implementing national policies and leading diverse, multi-organisational teams across regional boundaries, she now champions progressive change within organisations.


Having witnessed first-hand the positive impact change can have - transforming lives within both personal and professional settings, her passion is to bring this ‘positivity’ to organisations – no matter how big or small, making it an amazing experience – one that employees at all levels want to be part of.


Working with people and processes within the business, central to Jane’s delivery are ‘organisational sustainability and resilience’, helping the business to be ready to tackle today’s challenges and those in the future whilst maintaining high-quality services.


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Dave Greenwood - Manufacturing Leadership / HR Expert

Dave’s entry into the HR profession is probably different to that of 95% of current incumbents. Having started his career as an apprentice engineer, Dave progressed very quickly into a First Line Leadership role at the age of 21. The experience of leading a team of 30 skilled engineers, some  of which some had played a critical role in supporting his apprenticeship,  provided him with experiences from which he has learnt a number of valuable lessons. With a passion for manufacturing Dave likes to refer to himself as a business person working within a HR function.


During his Manufacturing Leadership roles, Dave recognised he had a passion for people related activities and took on additional responsibilities at that time to support the company. These included managing the apprenticeship programme, promoting and managing adult development and the accreditation of associated standards.


During his Manufacturing Leadership roles, Dave recognised he had a passion for people related activities and took on additional responsibilities at that time to support the company. These included managing the apprenticeship programme, promoting and managing adult development and the accreditation of associated standards.


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Emily Hargreaves - HR / Employee Relations

Emily has over 20 years experience in HRm and continues to work in operational roles so she keeps close to the ‘action’ and the business needs of the HR function.

Emily says that she was one of a rare breed at the time as someone who actually went to university to study a BA honours in HR before pursuing her career in the field and gaining her CIPD. She puts this down to always having a passion for people and a desire to show companies how people can be their most important asset when the right environment is created. 

With a strong background in employee relations, Emily has the ability to get to the heart of the issues and tailor advice and support accordingly. Having previously worked as a HR consultant she says that building relationships quickly is key to providing effective HR support. 

As an Associate of Pragmatism, Emily can provide full case management support - guiding leaders through discipline, grievance, capability issues and other complex dispute situations. Emily can also help in areas such as legal compliance, policy development, training and coaching of line managers in key people management activity.

Simon Sharpe - Mediator

Simon is a trained Civil & Commercial Mediator approved by and registered with the Civil Mediation Council.  He is a qualified solicitor with over 32 years’ experience, and heads the Penmans’ Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury team. From his background in civil litigation Simon has many years’ experience of dispute resolution.  He understands the frustration of parties unwilling to commit to a lengthy and expensive court litigation process and sees his role as a mediator is to facilitate resolution between the parties.


Away from the world of dispute resolution Simon is secretary of The Criterion Theatre, a non-professional theatre company in Earlsdon, Coventry.  There he indulges his interest in set design and set build and heads the team designing and building sets for their packed programme of plays.  He also dances with Earlsdon Morris and, if he can find time, enjoys riding motorbikes.  And don’t ask him about Parkrun.  He is a late convert and can talk for England on the subject.


As an Associate of Pragmatism, Simon can help parties to resolve disputes in any commercial, civil or legal dispute anywhere in the UK.

Nicky Silver - HR Professional

Nicky's HR career spans over 17 years, during which time she has worked in corporate environments, FTSE 100 companies and family owned businesses, gaining experience in areas such as recruitment, employee relation case management and HR project management.

Working either on site or remotely, Nicky provides a range of personalised HR advice and hands-on support services to businesses, including dealing with day to day issues such as managing underperformance, sickness absences, disciplinaries, dismissals and grievances, as well as undertaking independent investigations (all of the stuff that people don't like to do!). Her services also cover the provision of bespoke, essential employment documents, as well as updates to any existing policies and processes when Employment Laws change.   

Nicky likes to get to know the people and businesses that she supports, working in partnership with companies to manage the people, HR and employment side of things. This enables her to provide advice and solutions that suit the specific situation (rather than something standard and unsuitable that has been picked up from the internet).

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If you'd like to know more about the services we offer please don't hesitate to call or email us. Alternatively, complete the enquiry form opposite and we'll respond quickly.


  Pragmatism (UK) Ltd

     4 Cross Street



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 0333 987 5185



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