Meet the Team

Bespoke HR was established in 2005 by Alison King to provide flexible HR advice and guidance. We work with hundreds of clients across a range of industries ranging from healthcare, hospitality and finance to media, manufacturing and IT.

Our consultants are all CIPD qualified and we match clients with consultants based on their expertise, background and experience. This means our clients benefit from a dedicated consultant who understands their business, with the back-up and support from the wider in-house team.

Alison King

Managing Director

Alison founded Bespoke HR in October 2005. After many years working for others in senior HR functions; she decided to start up on her own. There isn’t much that Alison doesn’t know about the world of HR, and she has surrounded herself with a team in her own mould. Nothing is too much for Alison; you will find her humour and knowledge infectious, and easy to work with. When Alison isn’t working she spends much of her spare time with her family. Her dream is to take a Winnebago around the States.

Read the interview with Alison

Ian King

Finance and IT Director

Ian has been involved with Bespoke HR since its formation back in 2005. He has a passion for technology, finance, business management, process improvement and automation, with many years experience in setting up and running businesses in these areas. When Ian isn’t working, he likes to spend his spare time with his family.

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Hannah Trueman

Operations Manager

Hannah joined the Bespoke HR team after graduating from University. Hannah is the linchpin of the operational team, and knows exactly where everyone is and what they are working on. She is currently studying an MSc in Business and Management to increase her business knowledge further. When she’s not dedicating her time to Bespoke HR, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and travelling the world, ticking destinations off her bucket list.

Read our interview with Hannah

Laura Cross 

Senior HR Consultant

Laura originally joined the Bespoke HR team in 2015 as an HR Consultant but took a couple of years out with her family to move to California with her husband’s job. She returned to the UK and the team in 2019, in addition to supporting clients as an HR Consultant, Laura is also a Process Manager helping to develop and maintain the various processes required to run a successful HR consultancy.

Laura is MCIPD qualified, with a BA in Economics and a Post Grad diploma in Human Resources Management. She has 15 years’ generalist HR experience gained a variety of industries including, engineering, healthcare and hospitality.  Prince 2 qualified with extensive HR project management experience, her breadth of generalist HR knowledge also includes employee relations, recruitment, talent and change management.

Outside of work Laura is kept busy with her young family and enjoys exploring new places both in the UK and abroad with family and friends!

Read our interview with Laura. 

Siân Whittington

Senior HR Consultant

Siân joined the Bespoke HR team in 2017. As a fully CIPD qualified HR Consultant, her broad experience includes organisation design and development, talent planning, performance and reward, employee engagement, employee relations, HR compliance and HR information systems. Prior to joining the Bespoke HR team, Siân supported established organisations and entrepreneurial ventures advising them through their stages of creation, growth and stabilisation. In her spare time Siân can be found exploring leafy Surrey with her dog, teaching Pilates and experimenting in the kitchen (mainly with hot chillies).

Read Siân’s interview.

Tara Lohn

Senior HR Consultant

Tara joined the Bespoke HR team in 2017 with over 20 years HR generalist experience working in retail, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Tara is MCIPD qualified with expertise in a variety of HR disciplines including pre-and post-merger integration, performance management, succession planning / talent management, employee relations, and reward. Tara is also a licenced SHL assessor, with experience designing and delivering assessment and development centres. Tara has also previously sat as Magistrate in Guildford for 2 years. Outside of work, Tara is a keen horse rider and dog walker.

Read our interview with Tara. 

Nicky Mori 

Senior HR Consultant
Nicky is a fully qualified CIPD professional who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a HR generalist. With over 10 years experience working within Senior HR roles in the service industry, Nicky’s expertise span over many HR disciplines including employee relations, recruitment, talent management and employee engagement.
 
When Nicky isn’t working she is kept busy with her young family and can be usually found travelling around the countryside in her VW camper van.

Read Nicky’s interview. 

Jess Lambourne

HR Consultant
Jess joined the Bespoke HR team in 2019 after working in a corporate organisation for the last nine years. She has completed her Level 5 CIPD and is keen to progress and develop her skills and knowledge. When she’s not dedicating her time to Bespoke HR, she enjoys spending time with friends and family. 
 

Aaron Nightingale

HR Consultant

Aaron joined the Bespoke HR team in 2021 and is a CIPD qualified HR professional. Aaron has HR experience across a range of industries and has previously worked in both generalist and in ER specialist roles. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and watching football.

Katy Wade

HR Consultant
Katy is a fully qualified CIPD professional with a post graduate diploma in HR management and an Advanced Certificate in Employment Law. Katy has over 20 years experience working mainly in the hospitality industry. She is passionate about supporting businesses to develop their teams; from recruiting the right person to implementing a sound learning and development strategy. In her spare time, Katy loves spending time with friends and her young family and is also a keen netball player.
Bria Freeburn

Bria Freeburn

HR Assistant

Bria joined Bespoke HR during her placement year as part of her Business Management degree in 2019. Since graduating she has returned to Bespoke HR as an HR Assistant. She is currently studying MSc Management (International Management). When she isn’t working at Bespoke HR or studying, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Read our interview with Bria.

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Clair Taylor

Finance Manager

Clair joined the Bespoke HR team in 2020 after taking a career break to raise her two children. She has a broad range of experience covering accounting, financial management and processes, gained across different sectors of industry. She achieved the ACCA qualification in 2010. Outside of work, Clair enjoys spending her time with her family and friends.

Emma Mackley

Marketing Manager

Emma joined the Bespoke HR team in 2016 and has worked in marketing and PR for over 20 years in a variety of public and private sector roles. After having children, Emma set up her own freelance PR and social media consultancy working with a range of B2B clients including exhibition organisers and trade associations. When she’s not at work, Emma enjoys spending time with her children, blogging about family life and spinning classes in the dark with disco lights!

Read our interview with Emma. 

Ishka

Office Dog

Ishka joined the Bespoke HR team in 2012 when she started as an apprentice at just 8 weeks old. Ishka holds the most important role within the company, that of helping to keep the team stress free, taking it in turns to ensure everyone gets a chance to make a fuss of her and ensuring everyone knows if anyone comes to the office front door.