Meet the team
We talk to each other all the time so we thought you'd like to put some faces to our names. In order of appearance...
Bill Larke, Director Bill left his corporate life as HR Director for Coca-Cola's UK operations in 2000 to form HRR Solutions Ltd providing HR consultancy to companies such as BT, Cadbury, Office Depot, Bakkavor etc, Bill set up the first on-line HR system, myHRdept.co.uk, in 2002 to assist SMEs with their HR needs. He has extensive employee relations, trade union and consultation/change experience, is an expert on employment law and is an SHL certified assessor. Find out more about Bill here.
Catherine Larke, Director
Catherine formally joined Bill as a co-director of myHRdept in 2005. Having started her career in generalist roles in a variety of sectors including opencast mining, automotive, legal, heavy industry and FMCG (Coca Cola) she later specialised in Reward Management at Rank Hovis McDougall (famous for Hovis). Catherine is CIPD qualified with a post graduate diploma in HRM, is a Hay trained job evaluator and an ACAS certified mediator.
Jessica Whelan, Head of HR Services
Jess joined myHRdept in 2015 as our first ER Adviser. Her experience dealing with complex ER issues in top end retail (Harrods, Selfridges) proved invaluable to us and our clients. She has recently taken on her new role assisting clients to develop their HR agendas. Jess has a first class honours degree in HRM.
Jane Lister, ER Adviser
After a 12year career as an employment solicitor Jane left private practice to provide employment law specialist tutoring for CIPD students. Jane joined the team in 2016 since when she's put her encyclopaedic knowledge of employment law to very good use.
Vicki Booth, PA to the Directors
Vicki joined us with the thankless remit of organising us and the team but has taken on so much more since then, not least becoming our Absence & Holiday software guru. Vicki is probably the first
person you'll speak to when you phone us.
Hilary Beckett, ER Adviser
Hilary joined us HR Officer in 2017 to build on her already extensive ER knowledge gained at KFC, Yum! but was soon promoted to ER Adviser. She works with clients across industries, regularly attends client sites and is our resident expert on illegal working. She was appointed to her current ER Adviser role in early 2018.
Olivia Townsend, ER Adviser
Olivia joined us in September 2018 as the latest step in her HR career, having previously worked for Birds Eye, Perfetti van Melle (Chupa Chups), Amazon and SAP. She has an MSc in International Human Resource Management, having graduated with Commendation.
Actually the longest serving member of the team after Bill and Catherine (9 years dog and puppy) and by far the most demanding member, rescue dog Stig specialises in featuring in Facebook posts (always our most popular!) ball catching, growling at visitors and staring intently at anyone with food. Stig picked our current office premises on the basis that there is plenty of room to chase balls!