Attraction, Recruitment and Onboarding

Using the WMjobs e-recruitment system WME can offer an end to end recruitment solution. We have a range of associates who can administer a variety of psychometric profiles tools and undertake interviews for senior and executive positions.


Abby O

Abby is an experienced Learning & Organisational Development Professional, specialising in coaching, facilitation of leadership and management workshops, as well as team away days and organisational development projects. She has spent over 15 years in the NHS, including several years at a Senior Level, and has been running her own Learning & Development business since 2015.

Abby is passionate about enabling individuals, teams and organisations to learn, develop, achieve their goals and maximise their potential. She is highly skilled and creative in her approach to designing and delivering training programmes and workshops that fully engage learners, and has a track record of delivering high quality interventions for her clients and workshops that are consistently well received by participants.


Ali S

A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (since 2005) and have over 25 years’ experience and expertise in strategic organisational development, Leadership and HR.

Having worked at the highest levels within HR and L&D functions Ali has developed and delivered national strategies leading large teams for multi-national and global organisations. She now runs a successful consultancy business providing bespoke solutions focused on leadership, strategic planning, HR, learning and organisational development.

Ali is passionate about business improvement, behaviour change and the development of high performing leaders/teams and thrive on helping organisation’s understand what good people practices look and feel like, and how they can positively impact on business effectiveness and growth. Having worked with senior leaders, executive and all shapes and sizes of teams she has learnt that one size does not fit all! That’s why she works closely with organisations getting to know their aims, culture, values, visions, missions and business plans, enabling her to provide clear, commercial, engaging and pragmatic support – “my ethos is it’s about making it easier, not harder, for leaders to develop great places to work.”


Brian C

A highly regarded and extremely motivated senior strategic leader, experienced detective and Human Resources (HR) professional with skills and experience acquired through a 30-year career with West Midlands Police (WMP). Brian has high personal standards and a transformational leadership style complimented by an energetic and positive outlook. He displays exceptional interpersonal skills, and has experience in leading and being a member of multi-agency teams engaged in criminal investigations, misconduct & grievance fact-finding, employment mediation and settlement agreements. Brian has experience negotiating between executive groups and practitioners to ensure the delivery and alignment of HR and business plans do not conflict. He builds robust and effective working relationships with differing and challenging senior stakeholders from the public, private and third sector. Has established strong partnerships to support the delivery of business objectives, improved employee relations and stakeholder confidence. Brian is a change agent specialist with a proven track record of leading diverse reorganisation programmes, developing and implementing policies, chairing meetings, and leading consultation and decision making processes. He has a strong, pragmatic problem-solving capability, supported by an in-depth understanding of how businesses and trade unions operate. He is determined and decisive, using his initiative and pragmatism to develop innovative solutions to problems.


Catriona H

A highly respected, credible leader, executive coach and NLP practitioner who develops the organisation through the strength as well as consistency. As demonstrated in 360 appraisals Catriona is considered a high performer and motivational, decisive, strong and able to make credible and timely decisions.


Colin W

An individual with a personal drive for excellence, a track record of delivery, high levels of commitment to achieving objectives and a strong reputation across local government both at a regional and national level. A career approaching 40 years in local government, combining substantial experience of both operating and influencing at a strategic level within large and small organisations, underpinned by a broad and deep understanding of the challenges facing the public sector. A proven ability to build highly effective working relationships and long-term partnerships alongside the development of a commercial perspective drawn from over 20 years experience at regional level leading a range of HR and OD shared services to over 30 Local Authorities, within a quasi commercial trading environment.

Substantial experience of advising and providing consultancy support upon a wide range of sensitive and high-profile individual and collective employee relations issues, including numerous investigations, brokering settlement and exit arrangements, organisation wide restructures, executive recruitment and supporting chief executive appraisals. Colin is also appointed as an independent investigator under the provisions of the JNC for Local Authority Chief Executives.


David C

I’m a senior and versatile HR professional, with a wealth of experience working with senior leadership teams across local government. Objective, systematic, thorough and dependable, yet practical and pragmatic where appropriate, I am committed to, and engaged with, the public sector and all organisations that share the same values.


David J

David is a very experienced HR consultant and former senior officer with a track record of achievement in Human Resources, Education & Children’s Services. He has been a consultant for the last six years handling a variety of assignments in over twenty local authorities as well as other public and private sector bodies. David was Head of HR in a successful unitary council for five years as well as holding a variety of Senior Officer and Assistant Director positions in Education and Children’s Services within the public sector.

David has specialised in the provision of in depth investigatory services and advice in respect of grievance and discipline. Many cases have been complex with the capacity to adversely impact on employee relationships and the reputation of the organisation. He has also been involved in mediation services as well as the provision of coaching and mentoring to managers across several councils. He is fully trained in mediation, coaching and mentoring as well as participating in ACAS professional development activities on workplace investigations.

A further area of expertise relates to advisory services in respect of the management of change and the need to restructure senior management within organisations. David has also played a key role as a Head of HR and as a consultant in the recruitment of senior managers, including Chief Executives.


David K

A Senior professionally qualified HR Consultant with significant experience in both Private and Public Sectors, in the UK and Internationally, with a proven record of delivering outstanding results through strong leadership and people management. Experienced at operating at the very highest level, providing HR support, advice and direction at Board, Executive Team and Senior Management levels.

Specialising in the provision of high-level strategic employment advice and services across a range of subjects including; strategy development and action planning, vision, values and culture change, workforce planning, consultations on service reorganisation and restructuring, mergers and TUPE, redundancy, performance management, people management processes and bespoke training.


Emma R

Emma is a commercially focused business psychologist with a background in Talent Management, Organisation Development, Assessment and Leadership Development. Significant global experience, supporting teams through transition and leading the talent agenda across Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. An experienced facilitator, assessor and designer of international development programmes. Specialises in assessment based talent management.


Gary C

Gary is a CIPD Chartered Fellow, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, a qualified coach and member of the Association for Coaching, a Personal Trainer accredited by the REP, a teacher, a qualified workplace mediator, a qualified H&S professional, a distance learning tutor, and more besides.

Gary has worked with Boards, Executives, Senior/Middle/Junior and aspiring managers and staff at all levels. He has experience of working in Central Government, Local Government, Further Education, Social Housing, Pharmaceuticals and Not for profit organisations, and with organisations of varying shapes and sizes.


Gayle H

With over 25 years’ experience in development, management and senior management positions across the public and third sectors. Gayle’s career has been spent across education, community development, and health and social care. She has been a senior manager at the Open University, worked for the social care regulator in Wales, a local council, and has also established and run a successful children’s charity. Her qualifications include an MBA, Coaching Certificate, NLP Master Practitioner and APM project management. She is also an experienced Action Learning Set facilitator and spent 8 years as a member of the Open University’s Internal Coaching Network, coaching managers and teams across the University.

“My expertise lies in: asking the right questions, seeing the bigger picture, connecting across silos, bringing the right people together and helping find solutions to challenging and complex problems.”

Gayle offers a range of services from strategic planning and project management support to engagement with stakeholders, and individual and team development through coaching and action learning.


George S

George has worked as an independent consultant since 2001. Prior to this he had worked in the Local Government for 17 years. His core expertise is in the field of learning and development and is supplemented by his extensive practical experience and ‘know-how’ of managing and leading people.

He has a direct and engaging style and is skilled in the design and delivery/facilitation of individual, team and group learning/ improvement interventions for use at various levels of an organisation. He has undertaken consultancy and training assignments in all sectors involving a wide range of HR interventions i.e. Resourcing, Relations and Development.


John F. H

John is a Game Changer and Strategist focussed on helping individuals make their best possible contribution in every role in every organisation.

His career background includes a long period spent leading and orchestrating organisational change in the public sector during the 2000’s and early 2010’s, working with the private and third sectors, and several voluntary roles working within and leading community and social groups. During his time in the public sector he worked as a business analyst and transformation manager, set up and managed corporate projects and led customer services operations at two Councils.

John cares passionately about enhancing the quality of individual’s working lives so that they are able to finish work each day feeling potent, engaged and valued for what they contribute.


Julia D

Julia is an experienced HR professional having operated at senior managerial level for 7 years within both District and County Councils.

Specialising in the provision of high level strategic employment advice and services across a range of subjects including; disciplinary and grievance matters, TUPE, consultations on service reorganisation and restructuring, redundancy, policy development and design, culture change and equal pay.


Julie S

Julie is an experienced HR Professional with significant Employment Relations and Policy Development experience within the public sector, both local government (County Council) working within Social Care/Corporate and Strategic Functions and within the NHS.

A specialist senior workplace investigator for complex and sensitive employee investigations, including whistleblowing, grievance, disciplinary, harassment and bullying and complaints. Passionate about making a difference within the public sector by providing credible, confidential and effective HR support as required. Keen to adhere to organisational values and committed to building strong relationships with partners including establishing effective working relationships with Trade Unions.

Experienced at developing and implementing key workforce policies within large public sector organisations and provision of senior complex employee relations advice on a range of HR issues.


Kim D.

Kim is an experienced, credible Organisation Development professional with key expertise across a broad spectrum of OD and Strategic HR specialisms. She has successfully operated and delivered in senior leadership positions for over 25 years, using a blend of instinct, research-led insight and good business sense, in both public and private sector organisations. She works collaboratively and builds trusting relationships, undertaking advisor, facilitator, coach and confidante roles, balancing incisive inquiry and support whilst acting from a values base of honesty, choice and freedom to create healthy high performance.

Specialising in Organisational Development consultancy, leadership facilitation, executive coaching and management development, Kim also have a track record in Learning & Development, people performance management, engagement and working with leaders to develop inclusive cultures where everyone is engaged to shape the organisation they work within.

Kim is available for diagnostic work, short-term and one-off assignments and interim engagements.


Kim S

Kim has been influential at Strategic & Operational director level, Transformation, Workforce, Talent and OD lead with vision, values and passion for improvement that operates within bespoke consultancy, facilitation and training. She has in-depth experience and a track record of success in leading public & private sector marketplaces, particularly within provider & commissioning local authority & health organisations, with extensive multi-stakeholder partnership with the private sector & expert thought leader networks.

Proven background in leading national, regional & local services within System Leadership, Organisational Change & Cultural Development, Human Resources, Talent, Learning & Development, Inclusion, Graduate/Apprentice & Integration solutions. Managing corporate values, strategy and transformation programmes across high level intra-organisational and integration business functions.

Reputable entrepreneurial style in establishing improved performance, capability & capacity modelling at scale for complex service pathways and their linked workforce. Outstanding team player who adopts a rigorous needs outcomes and collaborative focus for required results & catalyst for change. Strong programme director, decision maker, influencer, communicator and empowerer, with a passion in seeing success for the ‘place based’ and the people Designing organisation, learning & development and workforce redesign that has national trailblazer model status and increased funding investment.

Kim delivers with a motivational, engaging, creative and collaborative style.


Liz R

As a Chartered Member of the CIPD, Liz is a commercially astute, senior HR generalist with substantial strategic and operational capability gained across public and private sector environments.  She has delivered the full generalist HR remit and implemented organisational change initiatives, gaining credible and extensive specialist expertise in employee relations, resourcing and HR projects.

During her career to date, Liz has delivered robust HR solutions for a  range of public-sector organisations, including Local Government, Civil Service (NGDP), the Qualifications Regulator (Ofqual) and West Midlands Police, as well as for private sector businesses, from new ventures to FTSE 250 and multi-national household names.

Liz’s ethos is to deliver professional and reliable people management support, with respect, fairness and transparency.  She takes an ethical and pragmatic approach to people management challenges, working with her key stakeholder groups to build credible, honest and trusted relationships.


Louis C

Louis is a highly successful business professional with over 25 years of operational experience in both the public and private sector. He led a number of diverse business units and was Director of Client Services, for a global contract delivery operation, providing business solutions for multi-national blue-chip companies and government departments.

He specialises in leadership development and transformation programmes, delivering behavioural and cultural change across organisations. An experienced workshop leader, facilitator and coach, focusing on delivery of leadership training and development, with emphasis on change management, effective conversations skills and performance improvement.

He is a professionally qualified leadership coach accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) with over 12 years’ experience of coaching with a diverse range of clients from board members to graduates, high potential managers to apprentices.


Margot W

Experienced HR professional in both the private and public sector for over 20 years, working for 15 years, and operating at senior managerial level for 5 plus years, for a metropolitan borough council.

Specialising in the provision of high level strategic and operational employment advice and services across a range of subjects including; disciplinary and grievance matters, health & wellbeing including attendance management, policy development and design, organisational development, service reorganisation, restructuring and redundancy.


Nichola M

A professionally qualified Organisational Development Practitioner with over 25 years’ experience of successful leadership and delivery of Organisational Development strategies, change projects and interventions. She previously worked in organisational development in local government and established herself as an independent people and organisational development consultant in 2008. Building on her wealth of experience and comprehensive knowledge of the public sector, Nichola has successfully built a reputation for high quality consultancy, development interventions and facilitation.


Patricia C

A highly qualified and experienced human resources professional with experience at senior level in the areas of strategic human resource management, contract and financial management and professional administration.

Extensive experience in the provision of HR support within the public sector, specifically local councils, higher and further education and secondary schools. Expertise in all aspects of people management, including; disciplinary and grievance matters, TUPE, consultations on service reorganisation and restructuring, redundancy, policy development and design, HR compliance, and diversity and inclusion.

Key skills:

• Chartered Fellow of Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
• Former Chair of Birmingham Branch of CIPD (now Vice Chair)
• Highly experienced in the development, management and continuous improvement of a strategic HR function
• Up to date knowledge of employment legislation and best practice HR
• Experienced trainer and tutor on a range of HR subjects
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to consolidate complex data from a range of sources and present in a concise and clear manner
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Proven ability to interface effectively with, and gain the confidence of, internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
• Proven track record as an effective people manager in both the private and public sectors
• High level of awareness of the strategic and business context of organisations
• Highly numerate
• Proficient in the use of a range of IT packages including word, excel, PowerPoint
• Compassionate and empathetic
• Commitment to equal opportunities, diversity and ethical people management practices


Richard J.

Experienced HR professional worked across multiple industries including District and County Councils

For both type of Councils, I have worked as a Project Manager (Single Status), Job Evaluation Consultant, undertaken reviews of multiple processes such as corporate complaints and consulted on restructures

During the last few years I have focused on HR and business improvements using the Lean methodology


Richard P.

Experienced HR professional having operated at senior managerial level for 7 years within both District and County Councils. Specialising in the provision of high level strategic employment advice and services across a range of subjects including; disciplinary and grievance matters, TUPE, consultations on service reorganisation and restructuring, redundancy, policy development and design, culture change and equal pay.


Sean N

A CIPD qualified learning and development professional, dedicated to achieving results through the development of people. A skilled coach and facilitator, responsible for the successful design, delivery and evaluation of strategic and cultural change programmes.

In Jan 2006 set up own company – Next Steps Learning & Development Ltd. In 2008 became an ILM Approved Centre to deliver and assess ILM qualifications. Re-approval achieved in 2016. Sean has completed the ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership Coaching and Mentoring.


Sue G

Sue runs her own management and personal development consultancy, which she started in 2016. As part of this consultancy, Sue is an Associate of West Midlands Employers, delivering various interventions from training through to coaching across the West Midlands region.

Over 30 years’ local government experience, the last 15 of which were in corporate organisational development at principal officer / senior management level in a unitary council.

Sue has extensive experience in the development and implementation of corporate learning & development interventions. She also has comprehensive experience in implementing organisational wide eLearning together with designing blended solutions and Learning Management Systems.

Developed and implemented a variety of leadership programmes ranging from pre management programmes through to senior leadership development programmes. These programmes were accredited with ILM and underpinned by bespoke competencies, 360 degree appraisal and coaching.

As an associate of WME, she has also delivered their Accelerate and Step Up leadership programmes across the region, together with a wide range of other management and personal development interventions.

Developed and delivered a wide range of personal development workshops from Induction through to Confidence Building, Effective Communication, Train the Trainer, Neogitating and Influencing – to name but a few! She is also a qualified and experienced Assessor and Internal Verifier.

A Licensed Suzy Lamplugh Personal Safety trainer with extensive experience of delivering all aspects of this training to a variety of audiences both within Telford & Wrekin Council and externally. Has also supported the production of policy and best practice guidelines.

Sue has an active role regionally, being a key player in the development of the West Midlands LG 360 tool and has also been a member of the board of the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool.

A highly skilled trainer, facilitator and coach. She has extensive experience of giving 1-2-1 feedback of 360 degree appraisal report, a range of psychometric tools including 16pf and TotalSDI and continues to be a coach within the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool.

Sue is a Fellow of the Institute of Training and Organisational Learning (FITOL).


Sue E

Sue is a leader, people professional and experienced practitioner in Human Resources, Organisational Development and Learning. With experience in building and leading high performing teams, implementing good practice HR and Organisational Development and leading change in complex organisations.  She is a strategic thinker with experience of developing strategy and policy which deliver successful outcomes for the business. Sue is skilled at enabling and supporting others to achieve their goals and develop their expertise. She is a skilled facilitator and can design and deliver effective learning interventions at any all level.

“My commitment to public service is reflected in my career history. My recent work in Local Government has provided me with experience in a political environment where the need for sensitivity and the ability to work together with a range of people is essential. I work collaboratively and well with people at all levels. I have a wide network and a national profile as President of the Public Sector People Managers’ Association”

Key Strengths

Leading, communicating and influencing, delivering results through engaging and involving people, building effective partnerships and managing a wide range of different stakeholders. Sue is organised, determined and confident.


Sue S

Experienced executive HR&OD professional with over 30 years’ experience who has operated at Board level across a range of sectors and covering a variety of functions and disciplines within both District and Metropolitan councils and the private sector.

Specialising in the design, leading and managing transformation and change programmes coupled with extensive experience of working with Trade Unions and Elected Members at a local and regional level. Specialising in improving organisational effectiveness by helping members of the organisation to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to solve problems by involving them in the change process, and by promoting high performance, high productivity, continuous improvement and a high quality of working life.

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