Elouise Leonard-Cross

Joined committee in July 2010 and I’ve been mentoring lead, Vice Chair & now Co-Chair

Having previously worked in a range of HR, Strategy & Communications roles I currently work for Northumbrian Water Group.

As an Occupational Psychologist I had a dual route to my career - completing both CIPD qualifications and a Doctorate in Occupational Psychology, specialising in organisational analytics. Mentoring, coaching and supporting the careers of other professionals is something I am passionate about - launching the first CIPD NE member to member mentoring programme, being a Steps Ahead Mentor and lecturer on CIPD and Psychology qualifications.

I’ve been involved in some interesting projects, a particularly memorable one was sending 100 staff up in a big wheel to see what they’d created as part of a huge ‘Art Attack’ activity! 

Sarah Carnegie

I joined the Branch Committee in 2012 and have been Co-Chair since 2016.

I am a Lecturer in HRM at Newcastle University Business School, teaching primarily on the under graduate Business Management programme, as well as holding various other management roles including Lead for Education Enhancement and Employability.

My route into an HR career was not straightforward. After studying history at university, I actually started working in a small marketing consultancy, supporting mainly SME clients. This led to me undertaking a range of consultancy work related to people management activities primarily focused on improving internal communications, team working, management development and performance management.  At the same time, I worked with a wide range of organisations on achieving the IiP Standard including various international assignments in amazing places such as the Cayman Islands, UAE, Ukraine, Romania, Bermuda and Oman.  To support this new direction in my career I signed up for a part-time MA HRM at Newcastle University Business School and the rest is history.

Brian Harrison

I've been a member of the Branch since July 2017, starting out as a Friend of the Branch. I'm the Treasurer and I've worked in HR/Training for around 15 years. Prior to that I've had an eclectic mix of roles, amongst others being a singer, working in accountancy, retail and drug and alcohol rehab.

When I went to university I moved into training and then did some redundancy handling, then HR in the hospitality section. I moved into the public sector when the recession started with a vague plan that I'd go back to work in the private sector once it all blew over. I'm a HRBP for Sunderland City Council so that didn't quite work out.

A big challenge for me and my colleagues is the continuing funding issues in the public sector which ultimately has an impact on engagement. On the flip side, there are some lighter moments too.... I was once asked if there was a form to fill in if people wanted to dress up as elves for charity. I was also once involved in a disciplinary because a staff member refused to butter toast for his students in the breakfast club. This is despite being directly asked to by multiple senior members of staff and despite the fact that every one else (including said senior members of staff) did so when it was their turn. Plus he'd been doing it for ages. This happened a long time ago but it's stuck with me - in HR you get to deal with all sorts! 

Scott Smith

I currently work for a Global company specialising in Financial Services. Despite not being great at Maths at school I have carved a successful career in this field for almost 15 years! My current role is Learning & Development Manager responsible for learning needs over the North East, Yorkshire and Northern Ireland. My journey into HR started with a secondment almost 15 years ago and the rest is history. In addition to my day to day role I am also a Coach and Mentor specialising in Career coaching and Personality profiling.

I have been supporting the North East CIPD Branch since July 2017 in a number of different ways including leading the L&D Networking, Apprenticeship best practice, Panel speaking for students and judging for the North East Business Awards Apprenticeship category. My passion is to see people grow, develop and by volunteering with the branch I am able to maximise this whilst meeting new and interesting people.

Laura Armstrong

I joined the Branch as a Friend in September 2018 and I currently work as a Reward Business Partner, overseeing all things related to pay, benefits, reward and recognition. Although not always in this role, I’ve been part of an HRD Team for over 6 years.

Since studying my A-levels at school, I knew I wanted to have a career in HR. Fresh out of Uni, I started my first position as a HR Administrator, supporting the full HRD team. Within my first year, I was seconded to a HR Advisor position which I secured and worked to for a couple of years before moving into my current, more specialist remit; reward. So far so good, I love the pace, the impact and twist and turns a role in HR role brings! 

Tamasin Sutton

I joined the committee as a Friend in August 2018. 

I’ve worked in HR for 15 years after a career in jewellery retail management, starting with a part time MA in HRM. I had a baptism of fire in my first role as HR Manager for a small private sector company who merged, dealing with 2 ET’s (successfully) in my first 2 years.

After moving to London, I worked in the Housing sector for 7 years developing and managing HR Operational teams, including setting up a Shared Services function and managing the breadth of HR across ER, L&D, HRIS, Resourcing and policy.

Since then I’ve worked as an Independent HR Consultant supporting SMEs in generalist HR project work, with some interim work in the private sector and facilitating and assessing CIPD L5 programmes. My passion is seeing people develop and doing great people stuff!

Charlotte Angus

My original plan was to work with horses, I am the proud owner of a BSc (hons) in Equine Science. I had a job in Jersey lined up before having 2 accidents in the space of a week which resulted in me putting that career on hold. I moved home, landed at One2One, and who knew, it was a fertile ground for the start of an unexpected career I am very proud of.
My induction was amazing, my trainer motivated me to do my best in a job that was far from my first choice, and the L&D bug was caught. As the business turned in to T-Mobile I progressed in to a Learning Advisor role which I loved. I was privileged enough to work with an experienced team, who supported and guided me to kick start a career which has taken me in to a range of sectors/ industries both nationally and internationally before moving in to the OD arena. I'm now the director of a fast growing consultancy and take great pride in applying everything I have learned on this phenomenal journey to help our clients grow and thrive. I've been in the profession for 18 years (cripes!) and focus on Leadership, Coaching and Culture. Quirky fact – I love being creative; translating concepts in unexpected ways methods include blindfolded origami, art classes, Tardis shenanigans and sinking on the titanic. 

Jonathan Barnes

I joined the Branch as a friend in December 2019. As a student I was working for a restaurant chain and made my way to Assistant Manager, I was really interested in the People side of the role and had decided I’d like to move more into this area – without really knowing what that ‘area’ was. When I graduated from a history degree I started to apply for more secure roles and applied for a generic role in HMRC. As chance would have it I was offered a role in their recruitment team. I eagerly accepted and have never looked back; I have now worked within Civil service HR for the last 14 years, working across Government Departments and HR functions including: recruitment, OD&D, HR Casework and Business Partnering. I have also completed a Masters in HRM&D and hold Chartered membership of the CIPD.

I have predominantly worked within HR Business Partnering roles and have a keen interest in Leadership. I have a Labrador called Drax, a baby due in June, I read Marvel comic books and my favourite is the X-Men