My name is Kate Marchant; a professionally qualified HR specialist widely experienced at providing HR support at a senior level in the corporate world. I have worked at a senior level supporting business leaders in managing their people also helping employees achieve career aspirations. I pride myself on an open, pragmatic and, dare I say, jargon free approach to HR solutions whilst maintaining a commercial focus.
Having worked for larger organisations I have taken the decision to branch out on my own as I really want to help SME’s navigate the sometimes-complex area of managing people in a way that suits their own ethos and culture.
Running HR will help you get in place what you need to be legally compliant from a people perspective. When starting your business, there is a lot to think about and it is important to get the right foundations in place.
Running HR can review your existing HR policies and procedures, make recommendations and/or introduce new ones. Running HR can also be your ‘go to’ for HR support as and when required or on a more permanent and continuous basis – you decide.
Running HR can come in and help with any HR project from a recruitment campaign to a change management programme. These may be projects that require specialist input or additional resource where a permanent individual is not required.
Shaped to fit your needs – this could be a day a week, a day a month or as and when you need it. You decide and, of course, it can be tweaked or changed if needs change. This is where our outsourced HR support can help. As well as being able to provide support as and when you require it, we have a number of trusted partners who we are able to pull in should there be a need.
Running HR can review all your existing policies and employment contracts and make recommendations for any changes and/or the introduction of any new or missing policies and procedures. This includes support on the roll out of any new policies, procedures or schemes. Having the correct documentation in place is critical in order to protect your business and we will be able to ensure that you are fully up-to-date.
Just contact Running HR as and when you need outsourced HR support – examples, but by no means exhaustive, are – one off employee issues such as harassment, bullying, discrimination allegations, grievance hearings, disciplinary hearings, investigations, absence management meetings, welfare visits, restructures, TUPE transfers, recruitment, exit interviews, maternity leave queries and many more HR related scenarios. Our services are flexible and there as and when you need them for as large or small a project as you require.
This can be any larger HR project and there may some overlap with some of the pay as you go areas, however, examples are – large restructures and TUPE transfers (change management programmes), introduction of an appraisal system, recruitment campaign, IR 35, larger scale roll out of any new policy or procedure, high risk and/or complex employee relations issues, upskilling managers in performance management and succession planning. These are just examples so please contact Running HR if you have a requirement that does not easily fit under any of these areas.
I have worked with Kate for over 10 years. During that time, I have always found Kate to be a pleasure to work with – her HR knowledge, skill and professionalism are first class. Kate has experience in a wide range of HR Business areas. She always meets any challenge head-on and through a sensible and pragmatic approach finds a winning solution. Always available to give advice and guidance, Kate has been a true Business Partner to both the operational and functional teams.
I have known Kate both as a colleague and client for over 10 years, and she has always been a pleasure to work with. Kate has an excellent knowledge of HR processes and procedures, but the rare quality Kate has is the business acumen in understanding the impact HR has on the commercial side of the business. My first role in Labour Management was working alongside Kate. She always offered advice and guidance, being trusted advisor who will be an asset to anybody.
I have worked alongside Kate in a corporate environment and recently Kate has provided HR support on a sensitive employee issue. Kate is professional, has a wide-ranging knowledge of HR and offers pragmatic solutions in difficult scenarios. I was able to trust Kate to just run with it and deliver an outcome. I would recommend Kate to anyone looking for a trusted advisor to help them navigate their way through the complex minefield that is people management.
Kate has been working with my business for a few months now and I first sought her help after feeling a bit overwhelmed with the responsibility that comes with being an employer. I wanted to make sure that my employee’s contracts met with current standards and also needed help with putting some procedures in place. Kate’s approach has been very reassuring, she started by reviewing what little we did have in place and then gave me an action plan which covered what we absolutely must do and other things that we could do.
We now have HR software to monitor holiday and sick leave and to store copies of contracts and appraisals, we also have a staff handbook which feels like it was written by us (as Kate wrote it just for us and really listened to what we wanted) I now feel completely confident that I am fulfilling my obligations and that both myself and my staff have support whenever we need it. I would absolutely recommend Kate’s services to anyone who recognises that HR is a tricky area (and if you don’t you really should!!) the whole process has been structured perfectly and Kate really knows her stuff!!
Kate worked with us for a few months to support a workforce planning and change initiative. In a short time she built up a good understanding of our culture and priorities, established effective working relationships and delivered what we asked for. She applies relevant experience from other sectors, is willing to tackle difficult issues and conversations, and has a warm, open style.
Elevated Minds CIC employed the services of Running HR Ltd several months ago. I have worked directly with Kate and have found her extremely efficient, knowledgeable and very reliable. She gives timeframes and sticks to them, she provides sound advice and guides me to any necessary documentation required for Elevated Minds to continue to run smoothly and meet to any legal requirements. Excellent response time also to any enquiry.