“As a fast growing business we decided at the beginning of 2012, to outsource our HR function to an expert in the field, as employment law is changing rapidly and the HR function had become very time consuming and a drain on the company. Having made numerous enquiries, we were recommended to and opted for Kerry McGowan of Birchanger HR Solutions.
Since that time, Kerry and her colleague Lindsey have helped us with two HR projects, which quite frankly we would not have been able to undertake properly without them and their wise counsel. Kerry and her team are experts in their field and bang up to date with current employment law and practice. The fact that they are professionals and very easy to get on with is an added bonus. As a result of their performance this year, we have now decided to outsource our entire HR function to them from 2013. Very highly recommended.”
Gavin Robertson, Robertson & Co
“Kerry is half way through a 12 month HR consultant contract at the PFRA following a review of our needs. She is hot on the current HR regulations and has a good network of lawyers to cover the legal angle. In implementing our organisational changes she is delivering good work now that will also benefit us in the future. Never again will we just make do.”
Mark Carter-Nesbitt Managing Director Urbanleaf
Kerry has provided an invaluable service supporting us with various difficult HR issues. This support has provided the assurance to managers in implementing a number of staff changes. It is very useful to not only have someone that understands the HR legal position but can also provide advice on strategic HR matters. I would highly recommend Kerry to any organisation.
Wendy Grafton Chief Executive Cornerstone Trust
Kerry has been a fantastic source of information and help. I manage a large nursery school and although I have teaching qualifications, the HR side of the job has been a challenge. Kerry has explained things in such a way that I do not feel overwhelmed or confused!I have primarily been concerned with change management, staff development and some policy changes. I will definately be using Kerry again and would recommend her to any new or established businesses needing any help in HR.
Vanessa Callan, Business Owner
Kerry supported me through some complex and challenging HR situations. Always able to cut to the heart of the matter and offer clear advice and guidance to see me through. Kerry also displayed exceptional skills at handling confrontational situations and bringing things to a calm and mutually satisfactory resolution. I would wholeheartedly recommend Kerry to anybody.” Chris Rumens Director.
“I enjoyed working with Kerry on a joint training seminar for employers on the Equality Act. Kerry is extremely thorough, organised and task-oriented. When she says she will do something, she does it, and does it brilliantly. She pays attention to detail and is very capable and professional. It has been a pleasure working with her, and I hope it will be a long-term collaboration!”
Emma-Jane Moran, Employment Law Solicitor.
“Kerry's passion for HR and HR strategy is astonishing. Her skill set and knowledge are brilliant and what sets her apart is her easy way of integrating these within the organisations she works with. Easily and professionally. If you are looking for an HR consultant that delivers I would recommend Kerry.”
Sally Denn, Business Partner
I own a couple of shops and asked Kerry for some information about holiday entitlements for my team. I wasn't sure if this would be too small a job for her - but Kerry responded immediately, telling me exactly what I needed to know for my particular circumstances.
I feel I should add that until 3 years ago I was an HR Director myself - but so much has changed in employment law during that time I felt I needed advice from someone whose expertise was current! And she really knows her stuff!
In summary I can highly recommend Kerry and Birchanger HR.
Sarah Decent, Director
Kerry gave me programme and project management support on a number of organisation developments and culture change and transformation programmes, including workforce planning and in particular recruitment and retention of hard to fill posts. She is very successful in building up a reliable HR operational services including HR consultancy support which were very valued by managers and staff across the entire organisation.
Kerry has a massive experience of working at senior level, and with different professionals. She is a lateral thinker and a complete -finisher, energetic and passionately loyal to customer care. She will draw on her interpersonal skills, political awareness and experience of working on cross agency agendas. She is able to relate well and with good effect with partners, colleagues, customers and political and senior stakeholders . I am confident that she will deploy her skills and experience effectively for the good of your organisation.
I have worked with Kerry for a number of years. She is a loyal individual who cares passionately about any issues she tackles. She has a wide knowledge of HR issues and an ability to identify crucial factors and provide an HR response to meet the needs of the organisation. As part of my senior management team I knew that I could rely on Kerry to advise me wisely, provide me with options and likely consequences and support me through with any decision I made.