Clarion has added consulting to its range of client services with the appointment of Natalie Saunders (pictured) in the role of director of HR consulting.
Natalie has held a number of senior positions in HR, most recently with Leeds Beckett University where she was people director. Her specialisms include culture change, HR transformation and complex, sensitive people problems. She also has expertise in highly regulated sectors, in risk, compliance and governance.
With significant operational and strategic HR experience, Natalie uses her skills to support Clarion’s clients, offering outsourced HR support that is hands-on, cost-effective and flexible. One major recent success includes designing and delivering a bespoke leadership development programme for a household-name manufacturer, which includes shaping the company vision and values, building leadership and management capability and undertaking individual coaching sessions. She has also supported a number of Yorkshire employers to deliver significant restructuring exercises and is working with another on ita approach to diversity and inclusion.
Richard Moran, senior partner and head of the corporate team, comments: “We’ve grown alongside our clients and we’ve found that, having establishing a trusted relationship, they have increasingly been coming to us asking us to help them with consultancy work. Our strategic plan is to broaden out our services so that we can provide a holistic approach, for example, managing an entire change management project from design to implementation as well as providing the necessary legal advice.
“With her unusual blend of law and HR skills, Natalie is just the person to help us do this, taking on an outward-facing role and providing the strategic input and hands-on help that our clients need. We are fortunate to have found someone at such a senior level to lead this new offering which will extend our services, while building on Clarion’s reputation and our understanding of clients’ businesses.”
Natalie explains: “Clarion’s passion is to help clients thrive and my team’s contribution to that mission is creating the conditions for our clients’ people to perform at their best. Engaged, high-performing individuals and teams are crucial to business success and we can diagnose and resolve issues that are holding them back.
“Whether owner managed businesses with limited internal HR expertise require additional support, or overstretched HR directors of larger corporates need senior-level resource to assist with strategy development, programmes of change or to improve employee engagement, we are here to help.”