Meet the Team
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.
Group Managing Director
Ian is the Managing Director of Bespoke HR’s parent company, Galian Group Ltd, has been involved in Bespoke HR since its formation back in 2005, and sits on Bespoke HR’s board of directors. He also heads up Bespoke HR’s sister company, Hyperchilli Ltd, who provide software development services. When Ian isn’t working, he likes to spend his spare time with his family.
Professional Support Consultant
Heather is a non-practising solicitor and previously worked in the Employment Team at Penningtons Solicitors LLP (now Penningtons Manches LLP) and in the Corporate Services Team at Abbey Legal Services. Heather has broad experience in delivering high quality advice and practical solutions on a variety of HR matters. When Heather isn’t working she acts as a voluntary Director/HR Committee Member at her local pre-school and enjoys running and going to the theatre.
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.
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).
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.
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!
Junior HR Consultant
Bria joins the Bespoke HR team during her placement year from university, assisting the team and learning about the business. She is currently studying a BSc Business Management with placement year at the University of Southampton. Outside of work, Bria enjoys travelling and seeing her friends and family.
Emma joined the Bespoke HR team in 2016 and has worked in marketing and PR for over 17 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 young children, blogging about family life and spinning classes in the dark with disco lights!
Lynda joined the team in 2017 to assist with the day to day finance demands of the business. Lynda brings 20 year’s of experience to her role having worked in a variety of SMEs assisting with all things financial. With two teenage children who are finally almost independent, Lynda is finding more “me” time for weekends away, going for long walks with her dog and socialising with friends and family.
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.