G'day,

I'm Jessica.

I do (and love) People & Talent Ops.

TL;DR

 

Executive People, Culture & Talent Director.

I've worked in People, Culture, and Talent across industries, companies, continents, and verticals. I'm driven and ambitious, starting my career in a traditional HR graduate position in Australia, now working in London in the dynamic start-up scene as an advisor to early-stage start-ups and scale-ups. I am also pursuing a Senior-Status LLB at University of Law, Bloomsbury to give legal counsel to the same businesses I have loved working in since 2014.

 

I am passionate about people and culture and still have a lot to learn (don't we all!), so I'm always striving to go above and beyond my day to day role to learn, and you'll regularly see me at conferences and events around London and the UK.

 

I am proud to call myself an alumnus of the senior leadership team of UK Tech Track #1, Google Ventures portfolio business, Wonderbly.

 

Never a shrinking violet, I've presented at European and International events on how to positively influence culture, strategise your HR function, improve your sourcing strategy, leverage your ATS and HRIS, improve employee engagement in (and using) the UK tech sector, improve candidate experience, and generally be a kick-a$$ HR manager.


I spend extra-curricular time working with others in the UK tech industry towards improving employee engagement; building my network of UK startups and platforms, and working with their founders to improve our team's lives. Some of the companies I work with now or have worked with in the past, are Sanctus.io, Sunlight.is, CharlieHR, and Lever.

 

Nice and simple: I love what I do and I love talking about what I do, so let’s meet for a coffee and chat peeps.

Education

aka I've got skills, they're multiplyin'

University of Law, Bloomsbury

LLB Laws

University of Queensland, Australia

BJ Journalism & Communication

 

CIPD Post graduate Diploma

Level 5 Graduate Certificate CIPD Level 5 Human Resource Management 

 

Extra-curricular

Founder of Velociposse, Women’s Track Cycling Team. I founded England’s first all-women track cycling team! Now I am, well and truly, one spoke in a 50-woman-multi-disciplinary-wheel as they dominate the London cycling scene!

 

And, obviously, heaps more…

Ik kan spreek een beetje Nederlands, public speaking, video games, board games (I am making my own tech based board game, ask me about it!), comedy and satire, animal welfare, public speaking, blogging, scrolling Reddit and Product Hunt obsessively. 

Experience Overview

Current: Law Student at University of Law, Bloomsbury                         Graduation May 2021

VP People, Culture, & Talent

allplants, London                                                                                                        April 2019 - Today!

🌱✨We're a B-corp creating delicious dinners to inspire more plant-based living, so people + planet thrive together. To start that journey, we're delivering chef-prepared vegan meals to doorsteps UK-wide. All of our packaging is 100% recyclable, partly compostable, and mostly reusable.

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Executive Advisor; People, Culture, Talent

Being People, London                                                                                                April 2016 - Today

 

Working as an independent start-up and scale-up advisor to founding and executive teams, focussing on People, Culture, and Talent. Currently working with: allplants

Group Head of Talent

McCann Worldgroup, London                                                                       June 2018 - August 2019

 

McCann asked me to join their UK Talent Team, heading up a function as it took on new legs.

 

In my years of placing (and supporting) the right people in modern and diverse environments, I’ve become an expert at building a People and/or Talent function from the ground up; strategy, process, and ways of working. I’ve strived to go above and beyond my job description in my role at McCann, creating fresh solutions to pesky hurdles as we've built from nothing to a world-class function.

Role Highlights

  • Branding, EVP, marketing, and programme for CANVAS apprenticeship scheme, a first of it's kind

  • Built and trained a team of talented professionals to run the Talent Team

  • Built and implemented bespoke documentation, interview training, and strategic roadmap for the team and business

  • Invited to be keynote speaker at HR Vibes, Iasi and Brasov, Romania

  • Invited to give a workshop on Employer Branding at Social Recruiting Days, Berlin

  • Implemented a scaleable talent process for our 200+ new hires (perm and consultant) each year

 

VP of People and Talent

Wonderbly, London                                                                                              April 2016 – June 2018

 

Wonderbly are proud Sunday Times Tech Track #1 2017, and a Tech Nation Future-50 company! 

 

I was the first HR hire and a core member of the leadership team, working with management to coach them into supporting a growing business, who looks for best in class colleagues and team-members.

Overall, my biggest achievement has been building the function from the ground up, with little resource; I've strategised, built, and managed the People and Talent Operations team, in the company of over 100 employees and contractors.

 

I've implemented a benefit-suite, values proposition and strategy, HR roadmap, training platform, HRIS & ATS, coached leadership, written and implemented a full policy overview, managed the process of becoming a Tier 2 visa sponsor, and built a bespoke yearly review programme. I've also worked hard to create an admired EVP, HR team, and then worked to share my knowledge with the London HR community, keeping my eyes outside of the building to ensure we're doing our best work inside it.

 

Role Highlights

  • Trusted advisor and HRBP for management, leadership and exec team 

  • Mentored 5 HR professionals through their first years in the field

  • Proud to be a point of contact for a network of HR Directors for HRD-level advisory purposes

  • Built and implemented a bespoke yearly review system with no budget 

  • Invited to be keynote speaker at Lever Talent Innovation Summit in San Francisco

  • Invited to speak on HR systems and implementation at Uprise Festival in Amsterdam

  • Implemented a scaleable onboarding process for our 50+ new hires (perm and consultant) each year

 

 

Senior People Partner (Consultant)

Yieldify, London                                                                                            February 2016 – April 2016

Came onboard to consult on ATS implementation, EVP, employer branding, redundancies/org-design, recruitment, and work as a peer to Head of People in implementation of processes, policy, training, benefits, and so much more. Yieldify is a proud Tech Track Future-50, and Google Ventures company!

 

 

People Partner

Box (NYSE:BOX), London                                                                      January 2015 – February 2016

This role began as a narrower-scope generalist Talent position in pre-IPO Box, and ended as a multifaceted branding, engagement, culture and talent ambassador role. I designed and implemented training (interviewing, system, bias), coached leadership on talent attraction, and structured the Europe EVP strategy. I also personally managed ATS implementation, training, and support for Europe. 

 

 

Human Capital Management
Goldman Sachs, London                                                                               July 2014 – January 2015

Thousands of applicants, and a team of 40. A very hands on, engaged role with campus and  experienced hire technology recruitment and onboarding (Strats/Quants).

 

2014 I moved to the UK and travelled for a few months. Including some time selling merch for Nada Surf, touring around Benelux in a van, and bungee jumping off a crane in Glasgow.

 

Human Resources Graduate, later Officer                                         

BHP Billiton, Australia                                                                               November 2010 – Feb 2014

HR Graduate in rotation working across every HR department in the business (from Industrial Relations to Accommodation) and then moving to a full-time role as a HR Officer/BP.

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