Meet our founder...

Pete

(Director)

Pete first trained as a mediator in 1996, and has spent over 35 years in industry, mainly in testing employee relations environments. He has a passionate aversion to formal grievances which he sees as a waste of time, cost and stress.

 

Pete and his wife have a daughter, who he says keeps him on his toes and gives him a real sense of perspective. He's a real animal lover and has kept most pets but currently only has a dog and chickens. In his spare time Pete does lots of DIY.

 

Having left school at 16 and worked his way from the ‘coal-face’ on shop floors through to executive level for global blue-chip organisations such as Rolls-Royce and British Steel, Pete has dealt with issues ranging from office spats through to national industrial action. Whilst most of his corporate career was in HR, he also managed factories operationally and has been directly responsible for hundreds of employees.

 

Pete says his most valuable qualifications are through “the University of Life”, as he sees qualifications as secondary to experience, but does have a master’s degree (MSc) in Strategic HR, and of course is a qualified and accredited mediator with the Civil Mediation Council. He is also a Fellow of the CIPD (FCIPD).

 

When asked why he names the company Pragmatism his answer is a simple one "it's the word I've used most in my career! No policy or law or gives you the answer when it comes to people as everybody is different, as is every situation. Good leaders have pragmatism in abundance - without it leaders can never build proper relationships and trust. There really is no need for formal grievances - as our strapline says - there's always a solution with a touch of pragmatism. People just need to talk properly, and that's what we help them to do".

 

For more information see Pete's LinkedIn profile.

Meet the office team...

Liam

(Operations Manager)

After graduating in Marketing, Liam has worked in HR , Customer Service, Company Secretariat, Commissioning, IT, Procurement and Training Administration. He once ran his own speed dating company and founded an award winning football fanzine.  

 

Most recently he has completed an 8 year stint controlling the Management Information for a government steered national development bank. Given his highly diverse and somewhat varied background, it’s fair to say that Liam joined Pragmatism with many strings to his bow.

 

Highly organised and with an obsessional attention to detail, he is literally an office all-rounder by definition and is determined to disprove the proverbial adage of ‘Jack of all trades , master of none…’.

 

Outside work, Liam is a proud father and also a keen sports and music fan.

Liz

(Office Manager)

Liz is the backbone of how the business runs - whether it's organising our mediator training courses, managing the accounts or ensuring marketing is running smoothly.

 

After working for 27 years as a primary school teacher, Liz still loved the teaching aspect but not so much the politics and pressures that the profession can put on teachers. Having decided to pursue a whole new direction, and to utilise her skills in a different way, she joined the Pragmatism team.

 

Outside work, Liz enjoys spending time with her family and friends. As well as having a passion for travelling and exploring new places Liz is, by her own admission, is a self-confessed shopaholic!

 

Liz is happy to help with any queries you may have.

Meet our mediators...

Charlotte

(Senior Mediator & Trainer)

Charlotte is a qualified and CMC accredited civil, commercial and workplace mediator who specialises in workplace mediation. Parties will feel at ease during the mediation process, thanks to  Charlotte's calm and reflective approach, and her ability to create a relaxed and supportive environment conducive to relationship building and conflict resolution.

Charlotte has a 15 year career history in HR management,  supporting a wide range of public and private sector organisations including Capital One, Vision Express, Paul Smith, Probation Services, Metropolitan Housing Trust, Arden University and a number of education establishments. Charlotte continues to support organisations in a consultant capacity, specialising in leading HR engagement projects and strategies and supporting the resolution of complex employee relations matters.  

An Associate of Pragmatism, Charlotte is also a lecturer, delivering CIPD qualifications for HR professionals and also provides in-house training delivery and coaching support on a wide range of HR matters.

Derek

(Mediator)

Derek is a qualified and CMC associate workplace mediator with a passion for helping parties to solve conflict in a fair and amicable way. Derek builds relationships quickly and effectively putting parties at ease with his calm, supportive approach. 

 

Derek has a vast amount of industry experience managing conflict. Prior to qualifying as a mediator, Derek worked in an Ombudsman role seeking conflict resolutions that met the needs of all parties involved.

 

As an Associate of Pragmatism, Derek has a passion for equality, and with a masters in Human Rights, Derek is able to use his knowledge and experience to promote a safe and inclusive environment for all parties involved in mediation. 

 

Outside of work Derek loves to spend time with family and friends. He is passionate about travel, world politics and chess! 

Nickie

(Mediator)

Nickie is a qualified and CMC accredited workplace mediator.  She has a relaxed and positive approach and is able to put parties at ease to work through conflict resolution and build their relationship.

 

Nickie has a 20 year career history in HR Management at Director and Executive level.  She spent the last 20 years working with a Top 100 Law Firm who feature in the Top 100 Best Companies to Work for, 3rd Best Law Firm to Work For 2021 and were rated with ‘world class people engagement’ during her tenure. 

 

In her earlier career, Nickie was a criminal defence advisor dealing with a wide range of sensitive and challenging matters.

 

An Associate of Pragmatism, Nickie is married to Dom and has three dogs that keep them busy.  She loves spending time with her family and friends, and loves taking trips to her ‘soul home’ island of Cyprus.

 

Nickie continues to work with businesses to support them in becoming ‘an employer of choice’ and developing their people engagement and experience as well as dealing with a wide range of complex employee relations matters.

 

Stuart

(Mediator)

Stuart is a qualified and CMC associate workplace mediator. With a HR career spanning 20 years, helping parties work through the perceived impossible is the reason why he does what he does. Stuart quickly builds relationships and puts parties at ease with his calm and supportive approach. 


Stuart has worked across a variety of sectors from Government, Health and Education to one of the UK’s leading international Engineering and Construction companies. His breadth of experience helps Stuart understand the challenges of the front facing operations of a business in addition to what good people leadership should look and feel like.


As an associate of Pragmatism, Stuart has a love of all things employee relations, he regularly coaches HR team members through more complex and contentious casework. Like Pete, he sees qualifications as secondary to valuable experience, but does have an MSc in HR Management in addition to holding Chartered MCIPD status.


Outside of work Stuart enjoys exploring the UK and undertaking the least possible amount of exercise he can get away with in order to indulge in his love of food without feeling guilty.

 


Meet our other trusted associates...

Kate

(Workplace Investigations)

Kate is a former Detective Sergeant from the Metropolitan Police who went on to lead the investigations function at a FTSE 100 luxury brand.  She is CIPD accredited, and is in a fairly unique position when it comes to the support she can offer to organisations. She has a broad wealth of experience in law enforcement, retail, manufacturing, supply chain and corporate environments. 

 

As an expert in both criminal and misconduct investigations, Kate helps organisations reduce the key risks associated with investigations be it for disciplinary, grievance or criminal matters. The key risks being financial losses, reputational damage, litigation and negative impacts on employee morale and productivity.

 

Kate firmly believes that speaking to people is an art and can drastically change how a situation plays out. She also has a motto of “Keep It Simple”. Workplace situations which fill most people with dread and cause confusion and panic are where she can really offer support.

 

An Associate of Pragmatism, Kate is a member of the Compliance Women Committee International, Association of Corporate Investigators and HR Independents. She is also a Mentor for The Girl’s Network.

Emily has over 20 years' experience in HR management 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.

Emily - Employee Relations and HR Specialist

Emily

(Employee Relations / HR)

Emily has over 20 years' experience in HR management 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.

Jane - Leadership Specialist

Jane

(Leadership Development)

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.  Read more

Nicky - HR Specialist

Nicky

(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).  Read more

Dave - Manufacturing and HR Specialist

Dave

(Manufacturing / HR)

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 whom 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.

 

Spanning 39 years, Dave’s career and experience have taken him from the manufacturing sector, moving through to Engineering Training Manager for a North West Training  Provider and ultimately on to Rolls-Royce for the last 21 years. 

 

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The Way We Work 

As a professional service, it's really important to us that we work with our clients in the best possible way. Customer service is our highest priority, and we believe in being completely open and transparent - whether that's about our pricing, what to expect or the processes we follow. The way we get the results is equally as important as the results themselves. You can read more about our ethos by clicking here. 


Working Virtually and Face-to-Face

Before the world changed in 2020, we were already working with clients virtually due to the many benefits of doing so - especially when things are extremely urgent and it's difficult for people to be in the same venue. Although some situations must be dealt with in-person, sometimes customers choose a hybrid of virtual and face-to-face, and often they prefer one or the other. We're happy to discuss what works best for you and to chat through the benefits of each approach. 



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     NG9 2NX


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