One-to-one clients say:
I met Roy shortly after graduating from my master’s course in Human Resource Management. He was Chair of my local CIPD Group, and I had volunteered as Group Secretary. Having moved from a scientific background into HR, Roy offered to coach me as I navigated my first steps in my new career. Roy’s guidance and patience allowed me to overcome obstacles and his mentoring skills have helped shape me into the HR practitioner I am today. Roy’s friendly nature and good humour makes him an ideal person to talk through tricky HR situations as you are guaranteed to leave with a solution and a smile.
Laura Venditozzi-Fraser HR Advisor, Scottish Opera
Roy helped me achieve a more balanced perspective to my working and home life ultimately allowing me to take a new direction in life and be more effective in my chosen career.
Peter McColm Accommodation Manager, Unite Students
Roy worked with mature and overseas students undertaking the MBA and the Human Resources Management masters programmes at Teesside Business School when I was Subject Group Leader (Leadership, HRM & Organisational Behaviour). He provided mentoring and guidance on the conduct of individual research projects and focused his students on the delivery of academic dissertations of the appropriate quality.
Dr. Paul Smith Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Manager, University of Leeds
I have known Roy since I completed my first academic thesis on change management. My studies have proved to be a valuable foundation for my career, and I will always be indebted to him for his professional advice in getting me started along the CPD route but most of all for his friendship.
Bruce Kirkham Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Isle of Man Fire & Rescue Service
As a developer of people Roy recognises the potential in others and is relentless in his drive to support them in achieving their potential. In addition to that he created a team around him that was high performing and highly motivated and through that team he accelerated the Learning and Development agenda for the business. He is strategic and creative and passionate about making a difference. He is warm and tough in equal measures; a great coach and mentor.
Fiona Neill Head of Talent and Learning for Europe at PZ Cussons
I met Roy through my professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development at a time when I was contemplating my future career direction. I found him to be someone who had great leadership skills and who was always ready to listen and to share his life experiences Since meeting Roy and taking on board his guidance I have secured a fantastic role in the Civil Service. I am pleased to count Roy as a lifetime mentor and a real friend.
Ayodele Afolabi UK Civil Servant
It was a pleasure to work with Roy. His wealth of knowledge in people development is outstanding and he was always happy to share his expertise. Thanks to his guidance I gained a lot of confidence which helped me in tackling my various work projects.
Laura Lang Administrator, National Autistic Society
Business clients say:
Roy was like a breath of fresh air to our business during his short assignment with us. He will be missed but as he progresses onto other things, he needs no reminder that he has built many friendships here.
Carol Balsillie HR Department, BA Systems Maritime – Naval Ships
Roy reviewed our HR Handbook and our HR Policies during a short-term assignment with us. During that time, he proved to be both diligent and determined to fulfil our requirements within the allocated project timetable.
Paul Foy Governance & Communications Officer, The Risk Management Authority
Roy and I worked together in the lead up to the closure of the Jabil Circuits Ltd site in Ayrshire. We were part of a team dedicated to preparing the workforce for plant closure. By the agreed closure date, employees had been either successfully transferred to another site or assisted in securing alternative employment outside the company. Roy played an immensely important role in this outcome due to his vast experience in dealing with people facing the prospect of an uncertain future.
Anna Jamieson EHS Associate at GSK
Roy and I worked together when I was seconded from Tees Valley JCP. Together, we successfully recruited a world class workforce for the new Power Station at Wilton, the Gas Plant at Seal Sands and the Energy Management Centre at Stockton.
Claire Copeland Head of Audit and Assurance, DWP & SFA
Roy worked with me and provided positive leadership and management to the HR Advisory Team which supported line-management in both NHS Darlington and NHS County Durham Primary Care Trusts as they pursued their respective goals as provider and commissioner of health services across the region.
Terry Gibbs Human Resources Manager, Darlington Primary Care Trust
During a difficult period within the Service, I found Roy's pro-active approach, his wise counsel, his sense as to when to take the foot off and when to put it on the accelerator and his attention to detail to be of great assistance in meeting targets set by HM Inspector of Constabularies.
Robin Oake, QPM, MBE Chief Constable (Retired), Isle of Man Constabulary
Roy successfully managed Assessment Centres on behalf of NRG Plc and its clients leading to winning appointments and total client satisfaction.
Mike Dixon Director, NRG Plc
With Roy’s appointment to facilitate our team development process things went exceptionally well from the outset. We covered a huge amount of ground and everyone in our team got involved in creating a bond, based on openness, trust and support.
Neil Kenley Strategic Investment & Marketing Director, Tees Valley Regeneration
Roy worked with me on several HR Projects which required him to research, analyse and make recommendations. I soon found that he quickly grasps the ‘big picture’ and can identify pragmatic solutions to cultural issues as well as problems with systems and procedures.
Lorraine Davidson Head of HR, Blue Triangle Housing Association Ltd
Having successfully provided contract HR services to our clients in the North East of England, I have been more than happy to recommend Roy to our clients in the Glasgow area.
Callum MacInnes Chartered MCIPD, Consultant, Hays Plc
Personally, and on behalf of the Durham Tees Valley Board, I would like to thank Roy most sincerely for the contribution and time he invested, as a Non-Executive Director, in the development of the Probation Service over 4 challenging years.
Sebert Cox OBE Chairman, Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust
As a Board Member, Roy gave the Board constructive input over his 5-year tenure which was much appreciated by his colleagues. Likewise, his regular interaction with staff at the various leisure sites and his informed feedback assisted in improving linkages with employees at all levels within the company.
Gary Higgon Chairman, KA Leisure
Roy made an excellent contribution to the work of the Board during his 2-year tenure as a Board Member. In particular, the Board really appreciated his professional guidance on organisational development issues.
Rhonda Leith Chair, Ayrshire Housing Association
Roy was contracted following a Panorama Report exposing inappropriate practice at our Winterbourne View care facility in Bristol. He investigated across the UK-wide Group to determine whether similar practices were occurring elsewhere, and his findings were integral to the strategic decisions that followed.
Sue Browell Group HR Director, Castlebeck
Community clients say:
I don't think there are many people I have worked with that I would speak so highly of than Roy. He is methodical, dependable, with his focus on 'getting it right'. His years of experience is evident in all that he does, and his advice is well thought out and fair. I would highly recommend Roy for any sort of business or community venture as he is a perfectionist who knows how to get things done. I would also endorse him personally, as being warm, honest and caring.
Pauline Alnwick Principal, Croft Academy
Roy worked with me on a pro-bono community development project. He brought fresh ideas, vision, and energy to the team. He challenged ways of working imaginatively and constructively. I would recommend him for his passion, energy and know-how in driving transformational change.
Ian Young Director, IrvineYoung Ltd - Asset Management and Engineering Consultancy
When Roy was assigned to us, he diligently and successfully undertook a range of HR Projects as well as taking a leading role in the re-organisation of our Care Services and Education Departments.
Shona Pinkerton Principal, Dardorch House School & Continuing Education Centre, National Autistic Society
Roy successfully positioned the Institute of Directors in the Teesside Region to become an effective and influential force both representing and supporting the overall business community to increase performance, critical mass and impact. By developing and implementing a relevant local strategy, he established an influential network of colleagues who regularly attend Institute functions and events and positively contribute to business development and regional economic growth.
Bill McGawley OBE Past Regional Chairman Institute of Directors North East, Chairman TDR Group
When Roy worked on assignment with us, I appreciated him for his willingness to ‘pitch-in’ with whatever was asked, for his persistence and for his support and loyalty in making our team such a success in very trying times
Linda Walker People & Learning Team Leader, British Red Cross
I previously worked alongside Roy in our Non-Executive roles on Teesside Probation Board and now work with him in our International Election Observation roles on behalf of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. I have always found him to be honest and professional with extreme integrity. He can be relied upon to complete any task from the start with accuracy and enthusiasm coupled with a good sense of humour.
David Godfrey JP Managing Director, David Godfrey Consultancy Ltd
Roy brought a group of young people participating in the National Citizen Service 4-phase Programme, through the not-for-profit community interest organisation Flying Futures, to our South Thornaby Community Centre, where they undertook the social action element of their programme. The groups hard work and dedication was admirable and to the delight of the local community, and particularly to those who are regular users of our Centre, they have renovated and transformed our communal garden area.
Amy Baker Marketing and Campaigns Manager, Five Lamps
Roy is a very credible person operating at a strategic level who also takes a close personal interest in the well-being of the local community. I would recommend Roy highly and would have no hesitation in using his services if an opportunity arose to do so.
Alastair Thomson Portfolio Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer, The FD Centre Limited
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