Meet the Team

Julie Gordon MA, Chartered FCIPD, FCMI, PGCE, MiFL
Managing Director

Julie heads up the team at cHRysos HR, with over 20 years' experience in learning and development within the private and public sector. Julie's key strengths are now in the management of the learning and development process and in work-based learning. As well as working in industry, Julie has held various academic teaching posts and has published journal papers in the field of learning and development.

Sheila Moore MSc HRM, Chartered FCIPD
Consultancy and Academic Services Manager

Sheila has over 25 years HR experience working across both the public and private sector. She has undertaken strategic and senior HR roles within the public sector; specifically linked to HR Consultancy, Pay and Reward strategies, Talent Management and Policy Development. She has extensive experience of working collaboratively with trade unions throughout her public sector career.

Before joining cHRysos HR, Sheila worked in Higher Education for 6 years as a tutor, programme leader and most recently Head of a Business School. She has developed and delivered a range of bespoke HR and leadership/management programmes to meet changing business and client needs. A learner-centred and business-focused approach is at the heart of her delivery. Her learning and development experience also incorporates undergraduate, professional and post-graduate accredited programmes.

Sheila joined the CIPD in 1996 whilst studying towards her postgraduate diploma in personnel and development and completed a MSc in Strategic HR Management in 2011. She also attained her teaching qualification in lifelong learning in that same year. She is a committee member, mentoring coordinator and the treasurer for the CIPD South Yorkshire and District Branch.

Helen Corner MBA, Chartered FCIPD, PGCE, MiFL
Director of Quality Assurance

40 years’ experience within the public sector; national and local government.  Helen came to HR via Operational/Administrative Management before moving into Education.  Helen has managed HR curricula at University level and managed MSc HRM programmes.  Helen’s role within cHRysos is one of quality management and ensuring academic rigour.  Helen has recently achieved a Doctorate in Education from the University of Derby. Congratulations Helen! 

Andrea Littlewood Chartered MCIPD

Andrea has 20 years’ experience of working within the HR and training sector, undertaking positions in a corporate environment, public sector and within Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s).

Andrea has obtained her Masters in Human Resource Management, PGCE and counselling qualifications to compliment her CIPD qualifications.

Working closely with SME’s Andrea acts as a practitioner, aiming to support clients with pragmatic and business focused guidance.

In addition, Andrea tutors on the HR programmes at Universities within the Lincolnshire & Yorkshire area.


Peter Steadman MSc. Chartered MCIPD

Peter has 20 years extensive experience working at a strategic level within the Education Sector. With specific responsibility for the design, delivery and commissioning of all professional development programmes within a single Education Authority - Peter's experience also includes Headteacher and school leadership development, performance management, talent management and succession planning in addition to NVQ centre management. Peter also supports organisational development and change management strategies as a national consultant.

Janice Hepworth FMAAT
Finance Manager

Janice has 35 years’ experience in accounting and office administration and is a Fellow (Founder) member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. Her background is Local Authority based but she has considerable experience of working with small to medium sized private businesses. Janice has been working with cHRysos HR Solutions since 2007.

Sarah Annable
Student Services Officer

Sarah graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University where she studied Business Administration.
She now has 6 years office administration experience, working for a range of businesses and has recently returned from travelling in Australia for 2 years.

Alicia Kirk
Customer Relations and Marketing Officer

Alicia is our Customer Relations and Marketing Officer, having joined the company in June 2018. Alicia has over five years' experience in customer relations and is helping to develop marketing activities in all areas of the business.


John Hepworth ACA
Accountant and Business Adviser

John has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales for over twenty-five years and set up his own successful practice in Retford shortly after qualification. He has been involved with cHRysos HR since its inception and provides accountancy services, payroll processing and tax advice to the company.

Sean Gordon Administration Officer

Sean looks after the library and technology resources at cHRysos HR.  He has been working with us for 3 years after serving in the RAF and being an Approved Driving Instructor.

Alec Kokinis MA (Oxon), MA in HRM, Dip Ad. Ed, Chartered FCIPD, FCIS.MiFL
Chairman and Company Secretary

With over 40 years HR experience in various organisations including Electricity Generation, Air Transport and the Oil Industry. Alec's strengths include employee relations and employment law. Alec has and currently holds a number of positions including Directorships and company secretary. Alec's academic background includes various teaching and external examiner's posts throughout the UK during the last ten years.

Paul Ackerley Chartered FCIPD, Cert Ed

Paul has over 20 years HR experience in the UK and Europe. He was initially a trainer and then moved into management. He has 10 years strategic management experience as a Head of Learning and Development, Head of HR Strategy, and Head of HR Operations where he led a team of 110 staff. He has also undertaken work as a government inspector, and worked with the EU and Croatian government on learning and development initiatives. He is now a specialist performance improver using targeted learning and development, coaching, and workplace mediation interventions, together with a number of psychometric instruments. He is a published author, the North Yorkshire CIPD Web Editor and writes a popular performance improvement blog.

Kate Butterworth MSc HRD, Chartered MCIPD, MiFL

Kate began her career in the field of training within the public sector over 30 years ago, progressing to the retail and clothing industry sectors before forming her own company which designed and delivered customised training solutions. Clients then included several major UK organisations, as diverse as the Co-operative Group and Tarmac Construction, and public sector short courses on behalf of the Police, local government as well as many SME's. Kate ventured into college lecturing as another string to her bow over 20 years ago and has taught to postgraduate level, with subject specialisms including organisational behaviour, learning and development and performance management.

Gary Cookson Chartered FCIPD

Gary is currently Group HR & OD Integration Lead for The Torus Group, but will be taking up the role of HR Director at Trafford College at the end of February 2016. Prior to that, he was Head of HR & OD for Golden Gates Housing Trust for 11 years, and also has experience of working in HR roles in Further Education, a call centre, a national charity and an international pharmaceuticals company. Originally Gary started out as a secondary school teacher and has continued to teach on professional qualifications (CIPD, CIH, ILM) for various Colleges and other organisations on a regular basis. He speaks regularly at conferences and events about leadership and HR matters, delivers training, coaching, consulting on a freelance basis and is involved in mentoring aspiring housing and HR professionals. Outside work, he is a keen sportsman - competing in triathlons regularly - and is a father to three lovely children. Gary is on Twitter (@Gary_Cookson) and also has his own blog –

Caroline Crispin Chartered MCIPD

Caroline is an experienced HR professional with a passion for training and development of people to enable personal growth and achievement of business goals.  Caroline has achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Management from Aston University in 2001, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management which enabled her to gain Chartered status with the CIPD in 2005.

With more than 15 years' experience in generalist HR positions, Caroline has worked operationally as an Advisor and Business Partner across multiple industries such as accountancy, legal, automotive, surveying and technology.  Her expertise includes the leadership of major restructuring programmes, the development of successful talent management solutions, facilitating and designing workshops on a range of people management skills, and advising on complex employee relations cases.  More recently Caroline has undertaken a Curriculum Lead role for a HR apprenticeship programme, which included the design and delivery of training events and mentoring apprentices during their learner journey. 

Paul Cullen Chartered MCIPD

Paul has over 25 years HR experience holding a variety of positions during a career with the Royal Mail. He also worked as an L&D advisor in the not for profit sector with Home Group a national housing association.

Paul has led a number of HR and learning teams, he has extensive experience of delivering change, establishing new teams and driving improved performance. He also has hands on experience of planning and implementing several learning initiatives including leadership development, accredited learning programmes and performance management. Paul can deliver group learning events and also promote and support individual development. He has worked on a number of national projects implementing new technology, delivering the learning element for this throughout the organisation.

Paul joined the CIPD in 1989 whilst studying at Teesside University business school for a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management. He is currently gaining valuable experience and personal development as a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Jonathan Holt Chartered FCIPD, MA, LL.B, Cert TEFL

Jonathan has been working in human resources since the 1990s, playing roles in a range of sectors including the NHS, Higher Education, Local Government, the voluntary sector and a Government regulator. He has been involved in restructuring and transfer of undertaking exercises as well as several substantial pay reform projects, and now runs his own pay and reward consultancy. His early teaching experience includes getting students through  rigorous public examinations and teaching computer scientists at Hewlett Packard, before moving on to a distance learning provider where he tutored the owners and staff of SMEs in Workforce Development and how to create a Micro Learning Organisation, giving them the confidence to study and a sense of achievement after being out of education for a considerable time. He mastered the use of a Virtual Learning Environment designed to assist communication, share experiences between students and help them learn.

He has a Masters in Human Resource Management from the University of the West of England and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development for whom he was a Membership Advisor for several years.

Angela Roberts MBA, BA, Chartered FCIPD

Angela has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resource Management operating at a senior level in both public and private sector organisations with a track record of delivering major change projects.

She is a strategic thinker, experienced in developing and implementing strategy and policy whilst keeping the individual at the heart of her thinking, helping individuals to develop and reach their full potential. She has a deep understanding of how organisations work and how individuals function in the workplace and has worked with organisations to create the right environment and culture to enable individuals to grow and perform to the best of their ability.

Angela runs her own HR consultancy providing support and advice to organisations both large and small. She lectures on Chartered Institute of Personnel Management qualifications and has an up to date knowledge of employment law and current best practice. She writes for the CIPD's HR Inform site, is chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Branch of the CIPD and is actively involved both regionally and nationally.