Information about the contributors to the People Skills Hub

Anna-Marie Watson

Anna-Marie has been at the forefront of leadership and personal development for over 17 years supporting high performing individuals and teams across five continents. Former British Army Officer, she has worked in challenging environments from the snowy Arctic tundra to hot and sandy deserts, deploying on three operational tours. She has a diverse client portfolio within the UK and overseas; including H2H Performance (McKinsey), Foreign and Commonwealth Office, National Composites Centre (NCC), European Patent Office, Almarai and Restore; a mental health charity. Self-certified lifelong learning junkie Anna-Marie holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Coaching from the University of Derby and Master’s in Teaching from the University of Sydney; she is an also accredited Analytic-Network and mBraining coach. Anna-Marie’s favourite pastime, alongside all things performance, is ultra-running where she is currently ranked in the top 10 ladies of the Ultra Trail World Tour series.

Evan Davidge

Evan Davidge is a highly experienced independent total reward and well-being consultant. Evan was previously a well-being leader for a large global firm where he conceptualised a multi-award winning well-being programme. He has since adapted that model for numerous other organisations, including SMEs, and is widely regarded as an expert practitioner in this area. Evan is a Chartered Member of the CIPD where he also operates as a specialist adviser and tutor. Further details can be found on his website.

Giles O'Halloran

Giles O'Halloran is an HR professional and project manager with over 20 years of experience working in both the corporate and SME/SMB space. He is a consultant, coach, columnist and conference speaker who has experience across the following areas:

  • Developing HR policies, handbooks and people practices for business
  • Coaching managers and business owners on people management and basic employment law
  • Guiding companies and management through effective change and digital adoption
  • Auditing company HR procedures to ensure they are ethical and compliant
  • Advising on cost effective recruitment solutions using both new and traditional methods
  • Coaching HR professionals to become trusted advisors and partners to business
  • Supporting business leadership with effective talent, succession and workforce planning
  • Trained independent grievance investigator and advisor – up to and including exec level
  • Identifying, assessing and advising on HR systems for use by businesses
  • Providing outplacement and career transition services for businesses and individuals going through sensitive restructures
  • Coaching and advising on the use of social media for personal and professional use

Philippa Webster, FCIPD

Philippa has a wealth of experience in HR in particular running investigations for companies for grievance, discipline and giving advice on capability issues. She also works closely with companies to review and redraft terms and conditions of employment, and HR policies and procedures. As well as hands-on advice, Philippa also develops and delivers development programmes that are bespoke to clients: these include HR areas such as competency-based recruitment, dealing with disciplinary issues, behaviours in the workplace and general HR open programmes for the CIPD. Philippa is also a published author. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. More information can be found at her website.

Jon Davidge

Jon is a seasoned professional in the related fields of leadership, teams and organisational performance improvement. His approach is grounded in a long business career, starting out as a graduate trainee at Procter & Gamble and moving through middle to senior management in the publishing industry in the UK and overseas.

His development career spans three decades as a facilitator and coach. He has created and led programmes for public, private and third sector organisations across the world; most recently working with European Central Bank and the Ministry of Interior of the UAE. Jon defines his personal purpose as ‘firing up and supporting those who want to make the most of their talent’ in pursuit of making their teams and organisations fulfilling and successful places to work. Further details can be found on his website.

Kathy Daniels

Kathy Daniels has many years of experience working in HR, primarily in the manufacturing sector. She runs her own consultancy business and is also Associate Dean: Learning and Teaching, and Associate Professor, at Aston Business School in Birmingham. She advises a number of small businesses through the national 10,000 Small Business Programme run by Goldman Sachs and through the Birmingham Small Business Growth Programme. She has written extensively, including writing one of the employment law textbooks published by the CIPD. She is lead tutor for employment law programmes with the CIPD and a member of the Employment Tribunal sitting in Birmingham.

Sanjiv Ahluwalia

Sanjiv Ahluwalia is practising solicitor. He developed his career whilst working in private practice and local government. He then went on to work as an in-house lawyer for two different oil companies, a trade association and a training company. He runs his own specialist employment law practice. This involves advising employers on day to day issues, drafting contracts and policies and delivering training. He also advises employees on issues that they have at work and negotiating settlements on their behalf. Sanjiv also acts for both employees and employers at employment tribunals. Sanjiv has extensive experience of designing courses and delivering employment law training for a wide variety of clients. He has worked across a broad range of sectors which include finance, retail, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, technology, telecoms, manufacturing, transport, hospitality, construction, charities and local government. Sanjiv has trained employees, all levels of management and HR. More information can be found on his website.

Eleanor Deem

Eleanor Deem is the founder of face2faceHR, an HR consultancy which has been providing tailored, practical, and realistic advice and support to SMEs for more than ten years. Eleanor is an experienced HR professional with an extensive track record of advising managers and directors on people-related and employment law issues, managing performance and absence problems, disciplinaries and grievances and steering employers through any number of challenging situations

Angela Roberts, FCIPD

Angela has over 25 years experience working at senior levels across both the public and private sector. She now runs her own HR Consultancy, The HR Consultancy, supporting SMEs across the Midlands. Angela is a Fellow of the CIPD and has an MBA, giving her a good understanding of how businesses work.

Gary Cookson, FCIPD

Gary Cookson (a father of four, husband of one) runs his own business called EPIC, which helps people and places to Evolve, Perform, Improve and Compete. Gary is a CIPD Chartered Fellow, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, a qualified coach and member of the Association for Coaching, a Personal Trainer accredited by the REP, a teacher, a qualified workplace mediator, a qualified H&S professional and a distance learning tutor. Gary has also managed and delivered CIPD programmes for many years and have delivered face to face and distance learning qualifications for a range of providers and awarding bodies.

Simon Jones, FCIPD

Simon Jones is an experienced HR professional who set up Ariadne Associates in 1999, a HR consultancy business based in Liverpool which works with SMEs and charities. Simon is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and is also a CIPD Tutor. His book “Happy Working Relationships – the Small Business Guide to People Management and Employment Law” was shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year 2018. 

David Jackson, FCIPD

David has 20 years’ experience working in senior roles across the Civil Service, NHS and Higher Education. A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, David holds degrees in Philosophy and Human Resources, and is a Fellow of the RSA. In 2018, David set up Twin Kingdom Consulting and now works with clients across the public and private sectors to help them with their current and future people challenges and opportunities.

David is a member of the advisory board to the Manchester Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre, and Enterprise Advisor to a sixth form college in Stockport.

Helen Tracey

Helen Tracey is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Human Resource Management at Northumbria University. Helen’s research interests are ageing workforces and unemployment. Prior to teaching HR, Helen was a HR professional working in senior roles in the public sector.