Mel is the Managing Director of Optimal HR & Optimal Recruitment Services. Mel has over 25 years’ experience in HR & Organisation Design and worked in both UK & global roles at Executive level before setting up her own Outsourcing business which has gone from strength to strength.

Over the last 10 years Mel has worked with Clients focused on transformational change or who are going through some form of significant challenge. She has extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions and integration programmes, business modelling & redesign (Organisation Design) and building or restructuring HR functions. Her sector experience includes Financial Services, Manufacturing & Engineering, Education, Retail, Transportation, Legal and Insurance Services and Social Housing to name a few.

Mel has a real passion for effective people management and working with organisations to build high performing businesses.

In addition to running the Optimal businesses, Mel is also a Trustee & Director at at Unmasked Mental Health.

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I love walking and gardening, I try to walk at least a couple times every week and I’m in training to climb Mount Killimanjaro. I also have a beautiful greenhouse which I spend lots of time in when I’m working in the garden. As well as growing many lovely plants, I also grow lots of my own fruit and vegetables.

My favourite holiday type is always a sunny beach holiday and anywhere hot, somewhere I can properly chill out and relax. My favourite holiday destination so far has to have been the Maldives, its so tranquil and relaxing.

A long walk with my dogs on Saturday is always on the cards if it is possible. Takeaway and a glass of wine on a Friday or Saturday night and a day pottering in my garden is a good Sunday. Both are very therapeutic and I find they are really good for my mental well-being.

Oh I love all sorts, from popular 60’s, 70’s & 80’s pop songs to Adele, Sam Smith, Lewis Capaldi and Selena Gomez.  I love all sorts.

I have two dogs who are my world.  Jeff is a 11 year old working Cocker Spaniel who we have had for two years.  He adores water and is the most loyal and protective dog I’ve probably ever had.  I also have Lucy who is an 10 year old Jack Russell.  We’ve had Lucy since she was a couple of months old and she is definitely a man dogs, she falls in love with every man who comes to the house, the Postman, the Gardener, my sons, everyone!

This is a difficult one for me, I’ve had so many people influence my career. My Mum & Dad had a strong work ethic so this has always influenced me to be a hard worker and put effort in.  A CEO I used to work with also really encouraged me to start up on my own and was a great mentor for me for many years and I still reflect on the many conversations we used to have. There’s many people I have learnt from during my career and I am really appreciative of everything people have taught me.  I’m not really influenced by famous people.

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