From the beginning of my working relationship with Richard, I was impressed with his in-depth HR knowledge, professionalism, experience, and the effortlessness with which he practised interpersonal skills – underpinned by his work ethic and integrity.
Richard has an approachable and supportive manner and established a robust reputation as someone who brings strong leadership, vision and energy to his role and the organisation.
We worked closely on various projects during a period of significant growth within our organisation, driven by both strategic acquisition and organic growth and Richard’s expertise on the complexities and regulations regarding TUPE and organisational restructure, was invaluable.
He proactively fostered constructive and positive working relationships with the various key Trade Unions in our industry and worked closely with the respective Union representatives as required to ensure collaborative agreement on projects.
Richard has directly supported me through various employee related issues, including many complex and highly sensitive scenarios, by offering measured direction and advice. He will openly share critical insights with colleagues and peers.
He is also highly focused on fair and equal opportunity for all employees and we worked closely on a range of Talent Strategy, Succession Planning and Leadership Development initiatives. This also included the creation and implementation of a Graduate Recruitment Programme, to great success.
He couples objectivity with the right values and remains open minded to reaching solutions in partnership with all engaged stakeholders and has an obvious compassion for all employees he is responsible for. However, he does not hesitate to make tough calls when needed and will challenge colleagues to make mindful decisions about their employees.
Richard can always be counted on to deliver key objectives on time with high quality outcomes. He is a team player who is respected by his peers and I would have no hesitation in recommending him for any senior/executive HR role – he will be an asset to any organisation