Meet the Team

Helen Straw

Hi, I’m Helen.

HelenI have worked in HR for the major part of my career, having worked in both public and private sector roles before establishing The Personnel Partnership in 2001. I am a Chartered corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and have vast and in-depth experience of dealing with both operational and strategic HR issues. I also pride myself on developing and delivering effective learning and development solutions to both small to medium enterprises as well as blue chip clients.

I take a practical, informative and above all, commercial approach to my clients which enables me to work with you as a true partner. My role is to help you develop new options and ideas that are clearly communicated and will help you manage and solve HR issues and learning development dilemmas.

Julie Sykes

Hi, I’m Julie.

julieI am also an associate colleague at The Personnel Partnership and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I have worked in HR for over 25 years and have worked with organisations of all sizes, across both public and private sectors.

My area of specialism is in employee relations. I have extensive experience dealing with both individual and group issues including discipline and grievance, restructures and mergers and acquisitions. I have worked in both unionised and non-unionised environments and have particular experience in manufacturing and engineering environments.

I look to understand your particular needs and provide approaches and solutions tailored to your individual needs.

Kate Booth

Hi, I’m Kate.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and specialised in employment law for over a decade, which is how I first met Helen and Julie. During my legal career, I regularly dealt with all aspects of employment law from drafting contracts and policies to handling Employment Tribunal claims.

In 2018, I moved away from the traditional law firm environment to work as a HR Business Partner to SME clients who don’t have specialist HR support in-house. I am an Associate member of the CIPD and, although no longer formally practising as a solicitor, I maintain my legal knowledge and continue to advise clients on employment law and the most practical ways to manage their risks when dealing with tricky employee issues.

As an associate of The Personnel Partnership, I take a similar commercial and pragmatic approach to HR, both at strategic and operational level, and am dedicated to providing a good client experience. If Helen is not available and you need some assistance, you can be reassured that you will get a similar high standard of advice and service.

I look forward to working with you.

Suzi Stevenson

Hi, I’m Suzi.

I am Helen’s PA at the Personnel Partnership. I have over 20 years of office experience including managing a Business Centre which supported local businesses, in this role I was responsible for  organising large events for organisations including The Police, Disability Rights Commission, The Welsh Assembly and many more.

I am proud to work for The Personnel Partnership and being part of the continuing success of the company.

Get in touch and have a chat with us.