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Barry Cushway
Barry CushwayConsultancy Director
Barry has 20 years’ consultancy experience, including three years with PwC and six years with Hay and MSL. He has worked for over 100 public and private sector organisations on a wide range of projects. He has designed job evaluation schemes and pay structures, introduced performance management and carried out several organisation and strategy reviews in a variety of organisations. He also provides expert advice and support on a range of employment law issues.

Before entering consultancy he had almost 20 years’ experience in all aspects of human resource management, including training and development, recruitment and selection and employee relations. In various senior roles at Thames Water, he was responsible for managing the training function for 12000 employees, for harmonising the terms and conditions of employment of employees from a range of predecessor organisations, for negotiating the introduction of new organisation structures and wide-ranging productivity deals, and for implementing changes arising from privatisation.

He has detailed knowledge of employment law and is author of Croner’s market-leading Essential Facts-Employment. Other publications include:
• Organizational Behaviour and Design, Kogan Page 1994, 1998
• Human Resource Management, Kogan Page 1994, 1999
• The Recruitment and Selection Handbook, Gee, 1996
• Guidelines for good practice on pay and remuneration for senior posts in the voluntary sector, NCVO 1996
• Working with Unions, Financial Times/ Prentice Hall 2000
• The Employers Handbook, Kogan Page/IoD 2002-2016
• The Handbook of Model Job Descriptions, Kogan Page/IoD 2003-2008
• Employment Law and Procedures – Self Study Course, Informa 2004
• Managing Business Risk, Kogan Page, 2005 (contributor)
• The Redundancy Survival Guide, Kogan Page 2009

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has an MA in Management Studies.
He is part-time HR Adviser to the Institute of Directors, chairman of the remuneration panel for a consortium of local authorities, a school governor and a former ACAS appointed independent job evaluation expert.

Gareth Bennett-ColesConsultancy Director
A lawyer by training, Gareth has more than thirty-three years’ business experience. Some fifteen years of this was spent at senior personnel and line management level within ICL where among other posts, he headed up the recruitment function within Group Personnel.

Gareth’s consultancy career began in 1982 when he established the Hay Group’s Career Counselling Unit, specialising in all aspects of career transition on both an individual and a group basis. In particular, he project managed and regularly participated in group courses, focussing on self-marketing for the London Residuary Body which ran for four years until the demise of that organisation. He also conducted assignments on competency and skills analysis for such organisations as the South East Thames Regional Health Authority.

In 1982, Gareth joined the MSL Group to develop the HR Consulting Unit. In addition to individual and group career transition work, he developed his assessment and development expertise and introduced senior management mentoring as part of the Unit’s service offering. In particular, he also developed an Assessment and Development Centre for the Arts and Library Division of Kent County Council which was followed up with individually based career counselling modules helping staff to think through the implications of the results of the Development Centre.

Since leaving MSL, Gareth has continued to specialise in the provision of HR services such as training and coaching, interviewing and recruitment, assessment and development and all aspects of career transition. Building on his previous work with Kent County Council, he has recently devised and undertaken a project for Hampshire County Council enabling managers to take stock of their personal abilities, skills and competencies, and think through the implications both for themselves and the organisation.

A member of the British Association of Counselling, and a holder of qualifications in Advanced Counselling skills, Gareth is also a past Chair of the Recruitment Society.

Sarah Trought
Sarah TroughtAssociate Consultant
Since 2008 Sarah has delivered bespoke recruitment, selection and HR solutions to a wide variety of public and private sector organisations.

Prior to this Sarah has worked for BMW UK and AVIVA in both Organisation Development and HR support roles.

As HR Support Manager at AVIVA (then Commercial Union and General Accident) Sarah provided HR support to UK HR Directors, Practice Leaders and Managing Consultants. As an integral member of the Transition Unit, Sarah was involved the job evaluation and mapping of competency frameworks across both organisations.

As part of her exiting role, Sarah is continuously involved in the development of job description, job evaluation and providing advice on reward.

Sarah’s Professional Qualifications include:

• Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.
• CIPD Postgraduate Diploma in HRM.
• Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing (Level A and Level B).
• Post Graduate Certificate in Transactional Analysis.
• Masters in Business Administration (Creativity, Innovation and Change).
• Master NLP Practioner/NLP Coach.
• Coaching and Birkman Consultant.

Helen K Burton
Helen K BurtonAssociate Consultant
Helen is an experienced HR Director who has directed the process of major change in start-up, conversion and closure situations in the health, airline, travel retailing and City financial services industries.

She was previously Director of Human Resources, Nuffield Hospitals, responsible to the Board for 34 sites in a fast moving business (5,500 staff, £150M turnover). She established a new HR function and Director role offering expert advice centrally to line management from hospital to Board level on all operational and strategic issues. Prior to that she was – Head of Human Resources : Trading Markets Division, the London Stock exchange. As a Member of the Executive reporting to the MD, she was charged with raising HR standards to reflect best market and business practice, and was responsible for delivery of both strategic and operational HR business needs during major organisational change.

Earlier in her career she had HR roles with British Airways and the National Health Service. She has a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Sociology from the University of Bath and is an Associate of the Institute of Health Service Management, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, and a Member of the Institute of Management.

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