"As the Council’s Head of the HR function, Sandra was accountable for delivery of strategic HR & OD services on behalf of the Chief Executive, Executive Directors, senior management teams and organisations/companies buying into the HR service, through an effective business partnering model.
Advising the Chief Executive, Mayor, Portfolio holder responsible for HR & OD, Corporate Board and the Council on all matters relating to human resources, staff management, change management, capability, development and engagement.
Sandra has been instrumental in delivering significant programmes of workforce and organisational change within a sizeable, complex and political environment. Acting as an ambassador for the effective delivery of change, she has developed innovative strategies and interventions, that enable measurable business results. Leading the HR service in the delivery of support services for redesign, organisational development and culture change across council services, she has proven her ability to inspire and motivate at all levels to deliver change in challenging circumstances".
Bristol City Council
"Sandra is knowledgeable, approachable, accessible, professional and personable. She lights up a room with her humour and pragmatic approach to work, life and all challenges!
I have found her to be open and honest (without criticism – only constructive), fair (realistic and reasonable in relation to local authority reach, capability and capacity) and genuine (able to put the wants and needs, in terms of appetite for change and demand for action, of others first)".
Sharon Garrod, Client Delivery Director, Guidant Global FIRP CertRP
"Leading a large National team of HR and Welfare Consultants delivering complex casework advice to over 19,000 staff through the Health Welfare & Conduct team, including responsibility for delivering new policy, Sandra has the extensive experience to not only deliver HR services, but provide expert employment law and policy interpretation in complex casework.
She is an inspirational leader with strong capability to resolve casework issues quickly and confidently. An experienced Central Government Harassment and Bullying Investigator who is able to provide HR advice on interventions and support employees and Senior Leaders in finding solutions".
Helen Singleton, Ministry of Defence.
"Sandra's technical knowledge of HR coupled with understanding of the business and ability to work in partnership made her an outstanding leader of HR. Sandra's skills and insights can be relied on in delivering business change and transformation".
Gillian Douglas, Assistant Director, Housing and Social Care Commissioning.
"Sandra has huge experience of driving talent and organisational strategies, collaborating and challenging the leadership team to ensure workforce excellence, including change management, communications, organisational design, process improvement and was always visibly at the forefront of the Change Project".
Scott Fortune, FOM Project Consultant
"Sandra has a reassuring presence when leading transformation. She has natural enthusiasm and drive that noticeably motivates others.
We worked together on a cohort programme team tasked to interrogate existing process and front line delivery across a suite of services.Sandra's leadership is exceptional and because of this she will challenge normal practice with professionalism and integrity, but ultimately to seek change and deliver organisational improvement.
Sandra is a positive and infectious person to work with and she is a true leader in using HR to deliver success in business".
Adrian Randall, FCIM, Facilities Management Consultant