A fast-growing, Middlesbrough-based human resources specialist is building on recent success by expanding its team.
HR Alchemy has appointed two non-executive directors and welcomed a new HR graduate after a year of continued growth that has seen the company increase year-on-year turnover by 30%.
The first of the new board members is Kevin Fletcher, a respected former employment tribunal judge and senior partner of Stockton-based Jacksons Law Firm.
Kevin also operates as consultant solicitor at PG Legal and is a non-executive director at Elring Klinger.
He said: “As an employment lawyer, it has been my great pleasure to work with HR Alchemy’s Jo Davies throughout her career, during which she has become one of the region’s most adept and respected HR professionals.
“I am delighted to have been invited to join the board of HR Alchemy as a non-executive director and look forward to applying whatever wit and wisdom I may have acquired during 40-plus years as a practitioner and ET judge to the further development of an already thriving enterprise.”
Joining Kevin is John Baker, who brings with him decades of HR and business expertise, having worked as a communications and HR director within the steel industry.
He currently serves on the board of the South Tees Development Corporation and South Tees Site Company, is chair of the trust board for the Teesside Learning Trust and a trustee of the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation.
John said: “HR Alchemy is a flourishing business led by a very experienced HR professional who prides herself on providing a wide range of services which are tailored to the needs of individual clients.
“With my HR and business experience over many years, I am very pleased to be associated with the organisation as a non-executive director, particularly at such an exciting stage of its development.”.
HR Alchemy founder Jo Davies believes the appointments will help propel the company forward.
“I’m thrilled to have Kevin and John on the board of directors. To be able to welcome them to the team is a sign of how far we’ve come in such a short space of time,” she said.
“It’s always been my ambition to establish HR Alchemy as the name businesses think of first when seeking help with their HR needs.
“With their combined experience and reputation within the business community, Kevin and John will help take us to that next level.”
HR Alchemy offers a range of bespoke HR services for clients such as Crafters Companion, EEW, Offshore Structures Britain and Mabo Media.
Last year the company launched HRLab, a digital service that clients with fully integrated retained HR cover can access 24/7. This was followed by HR Education, an online platform developed specifically for schools.
To assist in continuing the early success of these platforms as well as the team’s tailored services, HR Alchemy has appointed Emily Knott as a full-time HR graduate.
“Emily completed her Masters in Human Resources Management last year and won student of the year at Teesside University so we are totally thrilled she has chosen HR Alchemy to launch her HR career,” said Jo.
With Emily’s addition, HR Alchemy now has a team of four, in addition to the new non-executives.