Meet The Team
Emily founded South Coast HR in 2012. Her aim was to provide companies without their own internal HR expertise with no nonsense, business focused, expert HR advice in a truly flexible manner. For most smaller businesses to employ a full time HR Manager or Director would be a complete luxury, and historically the only feasible option for businesses would be to engage with an solicitor or get tied into a contract with a call centre style advice line.
Emily felt that these businesses were missing out on having the value of an HR professional in their business, to not only advise on the ‘nitty gritty’ HR such as disciplinaries and redundancies - but to be there as a listening ear to those sometimes tricky staffing situations.
Emily holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from the University of Portsmouth, and is a fully qualified Chartered Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). She has worked in a variety of different businesses from a rapidly expanding start-up in which she was the founding member of the HR Department, to a HR Business partner at an international publishing corporation.
Prior to setting up South Coast HR, Emily was a consultant providing HR support to small and medium sized businesses in London, and has also spent time as a recruitment consultant. Emily comes from a family of entrepreneurs and is passionate about helping business owners, knowing first-hand the difficulties that employing staff can encounter, but also how amazing business can be when the people part is right.
Emily says "I set up South Coast HR as I felt businesses were missing out on the value that HR can bring. I have seen first-hand what can happen when the people part of a business goes wrong - this doesn‘t mean just a messy tribunal claim, but when the wrong people are employed, or when the structure of a business isn’t right - things start to fall apart. We are currently a small, but perfectly formed team of HR professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds. We all share in the belief that HR shouldn’t be bureaucratic, tick box function that restricts business growth. HR should be at the heart of every business, proactively working alongside business owners to make things happen."
Caroline joined South Coast HR following a number of years working in a variety of different businesses. She has recently returned to work after a year’s maternity leave, she maintains that looking after 2 children has been her most challenging role yet!
Caroline began her HR career working in the Human Resources Department for one of the leaders in the global fitness industry, in this role she was quickly promoted to manager where she was required to manage a small team and respond to the wide ranging issues that HR teams are often faced with. Caroline’s most recent role was working in a HR Business Partner role for a global publishing organisation where she worked for 8 years supporting around 400 employees. In addition to this Caroline has also worked for a number of smaller, more local businesses and understands the challenges faced not only by large corporate but also small organisations.
A typical week might see Caroline providing advice and support to both managers and employee for a wide range of ER issues such as recruitment, people management and development, disciplinaries and grievances, restructuring, attendance management and policy development to name but a few.
Caroline has a degree in Business and is member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development, her strengths lie in her direct, yet friendly approach and her focus on getting a job done. She recognises that people lie at the heart of any successful business and believes her role as a HR Consultant is to support businesses in being proactive in their people management to enable them to get the most from their staff and therefore driving efficiency and profitability.
Caroline can be contacted on [email protected]
Mel is our Office Manager and in charge of the day to day running of the office as well as being responsible for all things accounts.
Mel can be contacted at [email protected]
Evie will likely be the first member of the team you meet if you visit us in our office. She loves people, bananas and tennis balls.