Our people become your people, get to know the team.
Kathryn Birch DMS, MBA
Kathy has extensive experience in education and business management having held senior posts in both business and schools. Kathy’s passion for what she does continues to drive the team and the company forward, developing new products and software to further enhance the support we can provide to clients.
How the Team describes Kathy
Driven, Innovative, Caring
‘Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value’ – Albert Einstein
Siobhan Hammond CiPD, BA (Hons)
Head of Service Delivery - Field Advisory
Siobhan joined FusionHR in 2011 and has been working in the education sector for over 10 years, having previously worked in HR for the NHS and private business. Siobhan heads up the HR consultancy team and is therefore responsible for providing strategic and operational HR advice to some of our biggest clients’ nationwide – large primary schools, secondary schools, consortiums and MATs. She's mum to Cormac and has a small obsession with Matt Goss!
How the Team describes Siobhan
Priceless, Loyal, Outrageous
‘I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.’ ― Marilyn Monroe
“Siobhan and the Fusion team are friendly and efficient and provide our school with high quality training, support and advice. I love working with her, I always feel like nothing is too much trouble and as a new head, I have never felt afraid to ask 'the daft questions!'”.
Andrea Grist, Headteacher, Russell Hall Primary School
Katie Craker MCiPD, BA (Hons)
Head of Service Delivery - SAM
Katie joined FusionHR in 2011 and has been working in the education sector for over 10 years. Katie brings all her HR experience and calm head, as a mum of two, into her role as Head of Service Delivery - SAM. As well as being part of the field team providing HR advice, she also heads up the SAM team, managing software development, events, training, client servicing and communications. She loves a good spreadsheet and is definitely the organiser in the office!
How the Team describes Katie
Resourceful, Pragmatic, Friendly
'Say what you think, not what you think you should say'
“Katie is effective and efficient. She is highly-knowledgeable and readily-accessible. The support we have received has been outstanding.”
Joel Wirth, Headteacher, Ecclesfield School
Lucy Hutton CiPD, BA (Hons)
Head of Support Services
Lucy is responsible for our HR Employment and Contracts Service, document development, client communication, training programme and occupational health and wellbeing support. She loves to help schools strategically approach restructures, leadership reviews and improvements. She's mum to Emmanuel and has been working in HR for education for over 13 years.
How the Team describes Lucy
Observant, Intuitive, Shamazing
‘Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere’. – Albert Einstein
"Lucy is always there for us (we always get responses to queries within the day). As importantly, she always responds with common sense, compassion and a sense of humour."
Stuart Herrington, Principal, Bowling Park Primary
Kirsty Robson MCiPD, BA
Kirsty has worked in HR for over 11 years in a variety of different sectors – hospitality, manufacturing and education. Kirsty supports both schools and businesses with a wide range of HR issues including disciplinary matters, capability, staff attendance, TUPE, restructuring and redundancies.
How the Team describes Kirsty
Meticulous, Down-to-earth, Approachable
‘Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple’
“It is easy to turn to Kirsty for support. She is easy to get on with, has a relaxed nature and it’s a pleasure to deal with her.”
Simon Allder, Early Excellence
"As a newly developing and growing Trust we have been delighted with the support given to us by FusionHR. Any issues are dealt with in a highly professional manner . Kirsty works with our Trust very closely. She will always respond to any issues in a very timely manner. This excellent support is invaluable when Heads of School or the Central Team raise HR concerns. Every school leader needs a Kirsty and the team at Fusion!"
Sue Vickerman, Inspire Partnership Multi-Academy Trust
Alexandra Morgan BA (Hons) Assoc CIPD
Prior to joining FusionHR, Alexandra worked for companies such as Unisys EMEA, GHD Hair, Bupa and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Alexandra has a degree in International Communication Management and Human Resource Management. She holds further professional certificates in Personnel Practice and Psychometric Assessment. She enjoys visits to Galleries and Museums, strolls through the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with her young family and looney dog and covering the kitchen in flour and icing sugar whilst baking with her daughter.
How the Team describes Alex
Creative, Light-hearted, Bubbly
“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” - Epictetus
Most Influential Person:
Sir Ken Robinson - internationally recognised leader in the development of creative strategy, innovation and human resources who challenges the way we look at education.
“Alex has been a great HR provider for the school. She is professional, knowledgeable and flexible in her approach and has supported the school with a range of issues. No problem is too big or too small. We would highly recommend!”.
Stephanie Ngenda, Acting Head of School, Rainbow Primary
Joanne Thorley FCILEx
Jo joined FusionHR in 2013 having previously worked as a legal executive for 10 years in a number of different law firms advising both private and public sector organisations on employment law matters. Jo now supports both school and business clients with a wide range of HR issues including disciplinary matters, capability, staff attendance, TUPE, restructuring and redundancies.
How the Team describes Jo
Methodical, Positive, Bouncy
‘It’s all doable’
“Jo gives really clear advice; she’s got a really reassuring tone which helps us when we are panicking. She comes back with answers quickly and she keeps us on track with things so we don’t have to worry about anything.”
Andrew Chadwick, Headteacher, St Oswald’s Church of England Primary Academy
Geraldine Burton, MCIPD, BSc (HONS)
HR Support and Projects Officer
Geraldine joined FusionHR in April 2017 but she has worked in HR for over 14 years, with nearly all of that time in education HR. Geraldine advises on HR issues including disciplinary matters, capability, staff attendance, TUPE, restructuring and redundancies.
How the Team describes Geraldine
Friendly, Down-to-earth, Supportive
“I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.” Edmund Hilary
Ben Cain, Assoc CIPD
HR Project and Data Protection Officer
Ben is our latest recruit, joining FusionHR from March 2018. Prior to joining FusionHR Ben worked in Industrial relations in Bradford schools and academies. He has 7 years' employment relations experience across both public and private sectors. He previously worked for Lloyds Banking Group and Skipton Building Society and holds a CIPD Diploma in Human Resource Management. Ben is now our HR Project and Data Protection Officer.
How the team describe Ben:
Logical, Approachable and Easy-going
His favourite quote is:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein
Richard Branson - In my opinion, he turns nothing into something incredible, facing challenge and adversity along the way and to this day continues to build on his success with influence.
Katherine Humphreys CiPD
HR Consultancy Co-ordinator
Katherine oversees Occupational Health, and Counselling referrals ensuring everything is well prepared and organising clinics and appointments. Katherine liaises with delivery partners to ensure we are providing the very best service we can.
How the Team describes Katherine
Determined, Professional, A Lady
‘You may not always end up where you thought you were going, but you will always end up where you are meant to be’.
“Katherine is very professional and gets the job done. She is friendly, on the ball and responds quickly to queries. I am always confident in her ability and it is a pleasure to deal with her”.
Sue Bose, Operations Manager, Hygienic Process Equipment (HPE) Ltd
HR Support Officer
Abbie supports with any administration enquiries relating to contracts, terms and conditions and pay. Abbie supports with training events, DBS, issues client communications and responds to HR telephone and online enquiries.
How the Team describes Abbie
Intelligent, Inquisitive, Giddy-Kipper
‘Life is like a camera… Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, take another shot.’
“Abbie Blogg has been our HR Administrator now for over 12 months and during this time she has exceptionally served the needs of the school. She acts promptly and efficiently which enables HR issues to be dealt with speedily in school. She is confident in raising any issues she thinks may arrive and offering solutions when appropriate. She has a good understanding of the school and its operations which enables her practice to be extremely effective. Abbie's services to us are paramount to the success of our HR function within school and are highly recommended”.
Lesley Burton, Business Manager, St John's CE Primary Academy
Senior HR Support Officer
Emily manages any administration enquiries relating to contracts, terms and conditions and pay. She also looks after Single Central Register Audits, Personnel File Audits and DBS Checks. Emily supports new FusionHR clients to access our secure online portal and document downloads.
How the Team describes Emily
Creative, Fashionable, Mature
‘Take life with a pinch of salt… a wedge of lime and a shot of tequila!’
"We have worked very closely with Emily, and the whole team at Fusion Business, for a number of years now and have always been very happy with the service that she and her colleagues provide. Emily supports us in every aspect of HR, from the little day-to-day tasks and queries to bigger HR issues too. While I have been covering personnel at our school during a colleague's maternity leave, Emily has remained a continued source of friendly help and valuable advice. Thank you."
Fiona Phimister, School Development Co-ordinator, Bowling Park Primary School
Technical Support Advisor
Amanda's focus is on making sure that SAM continues to provide great customer service and on-going technical support. Amanda has a wealth of HR experience, having worked in the field for over 17 years for companies including the British Red Cross and Anchor Trust. She brings a very experienced head in terms of managing absence effectively. At home, Amanda is surrounded by her children, Holly, Edward and Henry who keep her very busy indeed.
How the Team describes Amanda
Loyal, Barmy, Fun
“You’re only given a little spark of madness, You mustn’t lose it” - Robin Williams
PA to Managing Director and Client Support
Jacqui joined Fusion in August 2014 as Personal Assistant to the Managing Director. With her event management and business operations background she keeps Kathy’s diary well organised and also keeps Kathy sane! She also supports the business administration function as well as business development, preparing quotes for new enquiries and contract renewals for both FusionHR and SAM. She is also an extension of the SAM team for set-up and technical support when required.
How the Team describes Jacqui
Organised, Conscientious, Fun
‘No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up’
Liam joined Fusion in May 2015 to assist FusionHR to launch some innovative new product software called Staff Absence Management (SAM). Liam is the main point of contact for SAM sales enquiries and software demonstrations, and can often be found at events and conferences showcasing this software.
How the Team describes Liam
Genuine, Cheeky-Chappy, What you see is what you get
‘Who’s round is it?’
“Liam is extremely professional and productive - he gets things done! His training was straight forward and thorough, making the whole process from sale to implementation seamless. If there is anything I want to ask, he is always accessible by phone or email. I would highly recommend.”
Sharon Meyer, Bursar/HR Adminstrator, Holtspur School
Business Development Administrator
Amanda joined Fusion in April 2017 as Business Development Administrator. Her role includes supporting finance with invoicing, database management and marketing support.
‘Hard work helps make dreams come true'
Amanda Dolan BSc (Hons)
Amanda looks after everything financial for FusionHR and Staff Absence Management (SAM), from generating sales invoices and paying suppliers, paying the wages bill, collecting monies owed to liaising with suppliers, partners and associates to ensure best value and contractual / credit terms for the company.
How the Team describes Amanda
Devoted, Fun, Aunty
‘It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full…….it clearly needs topping up’
Louise has worked with Fusion for the past 10 years and provides financial and strategic support to the business.
How the Team describes Louise
Kind, Organised, Sociable
‘Better to regret what you have done than to regret never having done it at all’
Anne-Marie manages client communications, company literature, our website and social media. She is always looking for ways we can improve our service to be the best we can.
How the Team describes Anne-Marie
Dedicated, On-the-ball, Passionate
‘Live every moment, laugh every day, love beyond words’
Paul provides invaluable support to the Fusion team and our clients. He is an experienced and creative employment lawyer, with considerable experience in defending discrimination claims. Paul’s experience is within the public and private sector and has a particular focus on the education sector.
How the Team describes Paul
Articulate, responsive, sociable
‘The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself’
Sam provides strategic business support as and when required, and cover for Kathy in her absence.
How the Team describes Sam
Hardworking, Generous, Grafter
‘Good managers don’t light fires underneath their staff, good managers light fires within their staff’
Office Guard and Welfare Dog
Stanley provides security, love and affection to everyone in the office, providing they have food! He adores his girlfriend Lily (she’s a Lhasa Apso) but he also likes to share his love with the human breed!
How the Team describes Stanley
Protective, Spoilt, Fickle!
‘So far, my barking has saved the Fusion team from murder by 400 postmen, 110 suppliers, 50 clients, 20 partners and 3 new employees ..... Yet they still remain ungrateful’.
“Stanley is constantly on his guard protecting the staff in the office. It has taken him sometime to build up his trust in me, but he now let’s me deliver the company’s post and parcels with only a few growls and snarls. He truly is a great office guard.”