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Laura worked with us on an extensive review of our reward policy and practice. A significant aspect of this project was a full-scale review of our job evaluation process which included the exercise of evaluating a very large number of jobs. Throughout this project Laura was a delight to work with, approaching the assignment professionally, diligently and in a timely and organised way. She has a solid understanding of the context, complexities and challenges of our sector and was able to partner with us to provide insight and provoke ideas as we consider our future direction and policy approaches.
Global Reward Manager, Tearfund
Laura brought a huge amount of energy, insight and compassion to the role as a governor. She really cared for the pupils, the staff and the parents - and that caring & awareness of others' situations meant she was typically the first to spot issues that needed addressing. She would advocate clearly and strongly, but also show a great ability to listen and a good balance of judgement. She was quick to step forward when work needed doing, which set a great example and added real momentum to the governing board. She used her deep expertise in HR to ensure we both did the right things operationally, and built out the right processes and structures for the long-term. While we miss her greatly, she has left us much stronger than when she joined.
Worldwide Support Leader, Microsoft
Laura has, simply, been the perfect people partner during our time together at Oxfam - and a fantastic colleague to work with. She forms deep, trusting relationships. She gets to understand "the business". She proactively anticipates challenges - and proactively solves problems (including pushing back when needed!). She combines both policy depth and the ability to help coach clients on people issues. With me she worked across multiple complex international jurisdictions. And - fantastically well - she takes ownership. Sad to not be working with Laura anymore but know she will be a great asset for future clients.
Head of Executive Strategy and Communications, Oxfam International
Laura has an incredible work ethic and always goes above and beyond. No matter how crazy her workload I always know she will follow up and complete things. She is extremely organised and efficient. Laura has incredibly high EQ, even when she may be knee deep in bureaucracy, she somehow has space and insight to touch base with everyone and check in at the right times to make sure they are OK. In short Laura is fabulous and I will always be looking for a way to work with her again in the future. HR partners like her are gold!
Fundraising & Engagement
Laura is one of those rare mixes of being incredibly knowledgeable on all matters HR, combined with a personal, caring yet highly professional approach to her work. When we worked together, she was always supportive no matter what the request. Laura goes the extra mile to understand situations, I appreciated her partnership approach to give guidance and find solutions.
Laura was recommended to me as an experienced external consultant that could assist with specific benchmarking for our Foundation roles. Laura was super helpful, providing robust data from a range of sources. Laura was also incredibly helpful in providing additional resources and contextual information from the market. The outcome of which was a very comprehensive report for the entire organisation which included policy comparisons with other organisations. Working with Laura was an absolute pleasure; she was professional, efficient and a font of knowledge. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services.
Head of HR, Elton John AIDS Foundation
Laura undertook a salary benchmarking review for us. It was prompt, professional and very useful in terms of both the data to which she had access, her advice and recommendations. She was friendly and approachable, keen to understand things from our perspective but also provided some thought-provoking challenges. The service Laura provided was great for a small business when the “HR Department” is basically me"!
I worked with Laura for almost three years, including some difficult context and some restructuring process. Laura was of great strategic support as well as reliable HR day to day advice, both important for me. Her style is a perfect combination of being very close to the team, but combined with long term vision. Great experience in which you see HR adding value to the process.
Rafael Sanchis Moscardó,
Director of Public Fundraising, Oxfam International
Laura supported us primarily to revise and update our salary grid and progression policy. Her approach was both thorough and insightful. She invested time in getting to know our organisation and the context of the work, and introduced many considerations that would not have occurred to us otherwise. Laura's support has been very valuable for our organisation.
Co-Director Well Grounded
Laura was recommended to us by a trusted contact in the HR world. As a small charity with no in-house HR expertise, working with Laura was incredibly helpful. Her extensive knowledge and professionalism meant that we could feel confident about relying on her guidance. Laura was incredibly thorough and provided hands-on advice, which was invaluable given the stretched resources of the charity. Her empathetic manner also made it an absolute pleasure to work together. Highly recommended.
Founder and CEO, Continuo Foundation