OurHRpeople is proud to present… drumroll please… Jackie Hudson!
After working on the senior management team of Liberty Living as HR Director Jackie has taken her career to the next level as ourHRpeople’s very first franchisee!
Jackie’s big dream
Jackie always knew that she wanted to run her own business at some point in her career but found it difficult to justify giving up a very highly paid job that she loved. When Unite Students acquired out Liberty Living, Jackie decided that she did not want to consider a role which would mean commuting from East Hampshire to Unite’s headquarters in Bristol. After travelling to London for twenty years, losing the commute was high on Jackie’s ‘must-haves’ for her next move. This was the catalyst that Jackie had been waiting for.
Jackie is a smart lady. She spent a long time researching and weighing up her options. She wanted to be self-employed and deliver HR solutions, but she also wanted to be part of a wider team, but only one made up of like-minded, experienced and highly qualified people. An HR franchise appealed to her because of the teamwork, brand, and ongoing business support.
When asked why Jackie chose ourHRpeople, she said:
“I loved the clarity and honesty. When I asked Alix and Steve what ROI I could expect they gave me an immediate, honest (and pleasing) answer, which none of their competitors could or would do. I did the maths, and what ourHRpeople gives me for my investment – training, framework, warm leads, support, work-life balance – is excellent. Even my franchise lawyer loved the proposition!”
“What made a real difference when choosing ourHRpeople was when they offered me my first client to hit the ground running with – and an international one at that.”
Jackie is very much a team player. Her experience and qualifications are impressive and she wants to use them to build ourHRpeople as well as serve her clients. She says:
“I am looking forward to helping shape ourHRpeople right from the beginning. I’m used to sharing my expertise and making big decisions. If something doesn’t work for me, I help find a solution that will. With ourHRpeople I’m not ‘just another franchisee’ with no impact or choices – Alix and Steve value my input.”
Why did ourHRpeople choose Jackie?
OurHRpeople are picky about who they sign up. They knew that Jackie would add value to the company as well as her clients. Her CV is inspiring.
Jackie spent 17 years working for Liberty Living which owns and manages student accommodation. She started off as the only HR person in the business, working across six cities. She built up a team of nine, working across 21 cities and three countries and supported 500 employees. For the last three and a half years at Liberty Living Jackie was part of the senior management team as HR Director. Before joining Liberty Living Jackie started an HR function for a US law firm in the city, and worked in an HR capacity at an international pharmaceutical company.
As well as being a skilled HR generalist, Jackie specialises in change management and employee engagement. She has a Masters in HR and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. She holds a level 7 postgraduate diploma in leadership and management from the ILM which cements her experience in talent management and succession planning.
Jackie has also completed an advanced qualification in executive business mentoring through the Association of Business Mentors (ABM) and is looking forward to offering this to her clients as an add-on service. Alongside her employed role, Jackie also works as a CIPD Assessor and Coach.
Steve says: “When we first met Jackie we were immediately impressed by her charisma, and this continued as we explored her extensive HR experience and background. We were delighted when we discovered her sense of humour, values and ethics matched ours.
One of Jackie’s many strengths are her listening/questioning skills and she certainly put those into practice during her due-diligence! This attribute is one of the key consulting skills we look for.
We encourage a team approach to shaping how the company grows, it benefits everyone. For us, there is no point in ourHRpeople partnering with smart, driven, and creative people and not using their skills. On that reckoning, Jackie has plenty to offer.”
How will businesses benefit from working with Jackie?
Jackie offers solutions-based partnerships, developing and implementing HR strategy and organisational transformation aligned to achieving corporate strategy.
She can adapt her HR solutions to suit each client depending on the amount of support they need. If a client wants an HR framework or strategy which they can action themselves she can provide this. If they need her to be really hands on and work with the senior leadership team to define the framework and then to design the initiatives and implement the strategy, she can do that too.
Alix says: “By utilising Jackie’s skills, business owners will be able to leverage their employees’ talents and focus on doing what they are good at – growing their businesses.”
A bright future
ourHRpeople was founded to assist senior HR specialists to move from a successful corporate career into running their own business, but importantly, not on their own. There is plenty of support and proven business development and consulting methodology – shortcutting the often painful learning curve, together with access to business development expertise and an extensive resource library via a strong brand.
Jackie is already delivering exceptional HR solutions for her new clients and has more in the pipeline. She says:
“I feel relieved that the decision has been made. This is absolutely sure right thing to do. People don’t become self-employed lightly. I’m not dabbling – this is the real deal. It’s official.”
Jackie is already off to a great start, working with clients, with warm leads and delivering excellent HR solutions.
Steve says: “Jackie is part way through our comprehensive onboarding process, and she is already putting into practice our proven methodologies – and reaping the benefits. ourHRpeople is here to assist Jackie to find clients, learn how to manage them and how to maximise chargeable time. There is Director level support and personal development from a team who has successfully done it – twice.
With access to our document library, training course library, consulting tools and marketing collateral, Jackie is off to a flying start. She is well on the way to meeting her financial goals in double quick time.”
If Jackie’s story has inspired you and you would like to find our more, email Alix Passey Brown, Partnership Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for a no obligation chat.
You can contact Jackie at email@example.com or on 01730 923222 or 07734 558046