Meet our HR Advisors

Meet the Team

Our specialist advisors have many years’ experience delivering HR Support in schools and academies. With a variety of specialisms and relevant expertise, we can offer comprehensive support for any HR issues that arise. Think of us as an extra member of your management team, putting you first and delivering on your agenda. 

Rachel Foster

Rachel Foster HR DirectorHR Director

Rachel is an employment solicitor and CIPD HR professional. She has worked in the education sector for many years, both as a Lawyer and as a Senior HR Advisor. Rachel has represented schools, academies, local authorities and governing bodies in risk management, employment tribunals and other litigation, exit strategies and succession planning. She has vast experience in assisting school leaders.


Jill Neal

Head of HR & Payroll Jill Neal, Head of HR & Payroll

Jill holds a strategic management role in the One Education HR & People Team, and was instrumental in introducing and developing our payroll service for schools in 2013. Jill has a varied career history in the Local Authority Education Department working across all areas of staff and pupil support services, including SEN statements, pupil exclusions and admissions.For many years, Jill’s main area of interest and expertise has been related to school HR support with a particular focus on pay and conditions. Jill is a highly experienced trainer across many areas, as well as being an accredited safer recruitment trainer. Jill has researched and written numerous policy documents for schools, and was Chair of Governors at a special school in Manchester for a number of years.


Laura Clark

Senior HR Manager Laura Clark Senior HR Manager

Laura Clark is one of our Senior HR Managers and is a qualified solicitor. She has responsibility for the allocation of case work to the team. Laura has specialised in employment law for over 25 years and has advised schools and academies since 2009. Laura brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team having worked in both the private and public sectors and having served as a school governor. She is a keen trainer and has particular interest in SEND and equality issues and is an accredited Safer Recruitment Trainer.


Pam Mason

Senior HR Manager Pam Mason Senior HR Manager

Pam is one of our Senior HR managers, with a chartered CIPD qualification and has been advising in schools and academies for over 10 years. Pam is a governor at a primary school and is responsible for safeguarding, she also sits on the Premises / Health & Safety Sub-committee. Pam has worked within a large High School as a HR Manager and has experience of supporting the development of school improvement plans and supporting the school through a full Section 5 Ofsted Inspection. Pam is currently responsible for overseeing our academy conversion service 'Academy in a Box'. She also delivers visioning sessions to schools who are thinking about becoming an Academy or joining a MAT.


Suzanne Ellor

Senior HR Manager

Suzanne brings over 25 years' experience gained in HR and Employment Law to the team. She has managed large teams of HR / Employment Law professionals delivering legally compliant advice to all sectors including Education. Before joining One Education Suzanne ran her own HR consultancy business servicing clients including schools. Suzanne is a qualified Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and she brings a wide breath of experience and knowledge to the team.


Jade Walwyn

HR Advisor Jade Walwyn HR Advisor

Jade is a qualified Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a Masters in Human Resource Management. Jade joined One Education in August 2012 after working as a HR Adviser in the public sector for five years. Jade is well experienced in dealing with complex disciplinary and grievance matters and provides specialist in house training to school leadership and management teams on handling difficult staffing situations. Jade has close links with the North West Counter Terrorism PREVENT team and has previously arranged collaborative PREVENT training for school leaders


Carly Forrest

HR Advisor Carly Forrest HR Advisor

Carly is an experienced Employment Law Solicitor and has been involved with the Education Sector since 2008, working for a Local Authority before joining One Education. Carly currently serves as a school governor at a primary school, a role which brings relevance to her HR role at One Education. Carly enjoys working to identify and implement practical and effective solutions to HR problems and delivering training.


Chloe Lyon

HR Advisor Chloe Lyon HR Advisor

Chloe is a qualified Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and joined One Education in May 2015. Chloe has delivered briefings to schools in relation to Social Media and the Single Central Record. Chloe previously worked for several years as a HR Advisor in the private sector, working for national organisations where she gained extensive generalised HR knowledge and provided training to all levels of staff and management. Chloe has also spent a year working as a teaching assistant in a ‘lycee’ 14-21 years in northern France.


Evette Hudson

HR Advisor Evette Hudson HR Advisor

Evette has nearly 30 years experience within the education sector, previously in a local authority before transferring to HR & People One Education when the organisation was founded in September 2011. Evette's specialisms are with the teachers' terms of conditions and safeguarding, being an accredited Safer Recruitment trainer, which includes Disclosure Barring Service checks and the Single Central Record. Evette enjoyed being a member of a governing body in a special school for several years, gaining knowledge of the wider picture of school life.


Ian Corbishley

HR Advisor Ian Corbishley HR Advisor

Ian is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is an experienced HR Advisor, providing the full range of HR advice to schools and academies for the last 12 years, previously working for Kirklees Local Authority. Ian is particularly interested in disciplinary work and organisational development. Prior to this, Ian worked as a Lecturer in HRM teaching largely professional and postgraduate management students.


Karen McCabe

HR Advisor Karen McCabe HR Advisor

Karen is educated to post graduate level in Human Resource Management and is an Associate member of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. She has over ten years experience working in HR, with the vast majority of her experience focused on providing advice on a wide variety of HR issues and delivering training to schools. Prior to working in HR, she worked in a managerial position providing recruitment solutions to schools. Her HR specialisms are mediation and employee engagement.


Kirsty Howe

HR Advisor Kirsty Howe HR Advisor

Kirsty is an experienced HR Advisor who is a qualified Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Kirsty has worked in HR & People at One Education since it was founded in September 2011 and has extensive HR experience across the public sector, which includes the NHS, Local Authority, Education and Higher Education. Kirsty has vast experience in generalised HR, organisational development and change, and is also a trained specialist in Job Evaluation in both the Higher Education and Local Authority schemes (HERA and NJC).


Katie Dillon

HR Advisor Katie Dillon HR Advisor

Katie is an experienced HR Advisor who has worked in the HR and People Team with One Education since May 2012. Katie came from a Local Authority where she held various HR roles, including Job Evaluation Specialist for Green Book Support Staff (NJC Scheme), Recruitment Officer and HR Officer in Adults Social Care. Katie is one of the team's accredited Safer Recruitment Trainers and is very experienced in delivering a wide variety of training across a number of regions. Katie has experience of being a clerk to governing bodies and GB Committees in a number of maintained schools in different Local Authorities.


Laura Roberts

HR Advisor Laura Roberts HR Advisor

Laura Roberts is qualified Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and joined One Education in September 2015, with a wealth of experience as a generalist Human Resources professional across all sectors including Education. Laura is excellent in her delivery of bespoke workshops with focused employment law/HR training sessions for our customers and brings expertise and a rounded perspective to our HR team.


Paula Shacklady

HR Advisor

Paula is an experienced HR Advisor who has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development since 2007. Paula has a vast amount of experience of working in a Local Authority, including over 5 years for the Education Service. During this time Paula worked as a HR Business Partner acquiring a vast knowledge and understanding of supporting organisational change including TUPE. Paula also has experience presenting regularly to management on a wide range of HR topics.


Sarah Wilkinson

HR Advisor Sarah Wilkinson HR Advisor

Sarah joined One Education in June 2014 after working as an Employment Lawyer for seven years at a Local Authority. Sarah is qualified as a Legal Executive and has a wealth of experience in every aspect of this specialism. Sarah advises on a wide range of HR and employment matters, including disciplinary and grievance issues in the workplace, contractual issues, discrimination, workforce changes, unfair and wrongful dismissal, TUPE and recruitment. Sarah is also a member of a school finance committee for a primary school in Bury.


Rachel Depledge

HR AdvisorRachel Depledge HR Advisor

Rachel Depledge is a qualified Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and joined One Education in October 2016. Rachel has a broad range of experience working as a generalist Human Resources professional with a specialism in employee relations and employment law across a variety of sectors to include Education. Rachel is a keen and expert trainer and has provided training throughout her career to all levels of staff and management. Rachel is passionate about working with organisations to provide timely solutions and effective outcomes to any HR and people related matters. 


Helen Walsh

Business Manager Helen Walsh Business Manager

Helen has over 25 years experience in supporting schools in her various roles in Local Authority and now One Education. Her experience includes; pupil admissions, exclusions, admission appeals, school transport and SEND before joining the HR team. Helen has also clerked governing body meetings at a number of schools and has served as a parent governor. Helen is now the Business Support Manager for the HR & People, Governors and Payroll teams in One Education dealing with service agreements & management information and supporting our training programme.


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