Helen joined Optimal in August 2018 bringing with her extensive operational HR experience providing advice and guidance to Managers at all levels, particularly working with Senior Managers and Directors on a full range of complex employment law issues.
Helen also works with HR functions on process improvements, whether that’s through the implementation of HR systems or eliminating non-value add processes.
More about Helen
My hobbies and interests are my family, friends and work! When I’m not at work I’m with my family or friends and vice versa…I don’t have time for anything else and right now I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I love beach holidays…well I say beach holidays, I don’t actually like the sea that much. I like to just like to lounge around poolside, basking in the sun, reading a book, swimming, drinking a refreshing cocktail or two…or three, with my favourite people in the world! My favourite holiday destination has to be when I went to Halkidiki in Greece. I’m such a home bird that usually when I’m on holiday I can’t wait to get home! But when I went to Greece I didn’t want the holiday to end, it was blissful. I also love going to France as I have fond memories of many childhood holidays there.
Firstly, the house would have to be clean! Ideally, I’d like someone to do that for me, but as that isn’t going to happen, I’ll do that myself. I like to get all my “jobs” out of the way and then I can spend the rest of the weekend relaxing with my family wherever that is. Although I do like to have everyone at my house…my mum, dad, sisters and their families all together with my family spending our time talking, laughing, playing games, eating and drinking!
I love pop music, particularly the 90s and early 00s!!! Just trying to relive my youth I think…
No, not unless you count the ants who live in the water meter in my garden. If I were to get a pet though it would be a German Shepherd…called Peter.
There isn’t just one person who has influenced me in my career. I have a really strong work ethic that was influenced by my parents and without that I wouldn’t be where I am now. However, I am influenced everyday by my team to be the best that I can be. I draw strength and motivation from the teams that I work with. You can not underestimate the positive power of a team. No matter the challenge(s) you come up against I think you can deal with anything if you work in a team where everyone supports one another.
What our clients say
Optimal People and Business are experts in all things HR. We worked successfully with them to produce a series of information videos to help businesses during the Corona lockdown. We are looking forward to working with them again in the near future as we grow our business.
We personally dealt with Vici at Optimal and she was a delight. She was open and honest and gave great advice and guidance. She helped us deal with what could have been a very difficult dismissal with a problematic member of staff. I would not hesitate to recommend Vici to any business for their HR.
Can’t thank Mel and the team enough. Really helped my business in a crisis. Looking forward to working with you and the team.
Brilliant service, friendly staff, lovely team
Amazing service and support from extremely knowledgeable people, who also take great care in the standard of their work. Can't fault them, thank you so much!
5* all round, Mel was extremely helpful and answered all my questions, very friendly and professional. Recommended to others and would definitely use again. Thank you again Mel and Helen.
Mel and her team are fantastic, help me all along the way with some complex issues. Couldn't recommend more.
I've used Optimal PBS on a couple of occasions now to assist with due diligence on an acquisition i've been working on and also to provide contract and handbook production. Cannot fault the support or advice provided.
We love this company and Mel is a god send to our business, she sorted everything for us from employee contracts to helping us source the right accountant, she is at the end of the phone whenever I have any HR questions (even when on holiday) can not fault her commitment. Keep up the good work!