Introducing the Team

Claire Watt 

Chartered (FCIPD) Director, Ditton HR Ltd

Ditton HR is a Human Resources, Recruitment and Training consultancy established by Claire Watt and based in Long Ditton, Surrey.

We have a team of HR professionals who have significant practical HR experience from a wide variety of sectors.

Claire is a qualified HR and training professional who is a fellow member of the CIPD. Claire has worked in HR and Training since 1994 and is highly experienced in all areas of her field.

Claire is a Psychology graduate with a Masters in Personnel and Development, qualified in Psychometric Testing (Level A and B) and an Executive Coach. Her experience spans across a variety of sectors including the professional services, retail, not-for-profit and charitable.

Claire's most recent roles have included Executive Director of People at Samaritans, responsible for all people aspects of the charity both employees and volunteers, and HR Director at the National Centre for Social Research. Claire has also written for the online HR resource, XpertHR.

Michielle Smith 

HR Consultant (MCIPD)

Michielle is a MCIPD qualified HR generalist with over 20 years’ experience across the complete HR spectrum. Michielle has worked across a number of industries from Distribution, Media Finance, Investment Banking and most recently in Retail at Marks and Spencer. These roles have taken her around the world spending a large amount of time in Asia and Europe. Michielle is available to support organisations with the full breadth of HR activities and is particularly experienced in employee relations.

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Sherry Thompson

HR Consultant

Sherry is an energetic & enthusiastic HR Consultant who demonstrates 100% dedication to leading HR in a commercially focused & strategic way.  She is extremely customer focused and always goes above and beyond the call of duty for her clients. Her professional career started in 2001 specialising in recruitment, building strong, talented & motivated teams and has since structured and led other HR initiatives around Talent Management.


Sherry has worked with a variety of sectors but her main focus historically has been in Financial Services working on specific change management projects within big Blue Chip organisations. She has worked across complicated matrixes environments within Marketing, IT and Human Resources departments and brings a great deal of experience to small business that can set them up for success. Many people have described Sherry as an excellent relationship builder who demonstrates a high degree of empathy with people and is always committed to delivering positive results for all those involved. She is a very people-oriented person who fizzes with energy & ideas under the most difficult circumstances. Her passion is for successful Talent Management and she always strives to get the best out of people.

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Sue Ross

HR Consultant (FCIPD)

Sue is a psychology graduate and a Fellow of the CIPD with over 20 years’ experience covering the full range of HR services. Sue has worked for high profile professional service firms such as PwC, Clyde & Co, a subsidiary of Allianz global investors and more recently within a charity environment.

Sue provides effective and efficient operational and strategic support and high-quality advice and guidance to businesses on the full range of HR policies and procedures. With a proactive and enthusiastic ability to problem solve, clients have said that she is sensitive to their needs with a real commercial understanding, adding value to their business.

Sue has successfully managed an Employee Assistance Programme and Lifestyle Management Service Programme, the full graduate recruitment process including assessment centres for a high number of trainee solicitors, supported senior managers and partners to achieve best practice and change management within their business in addition to the usual day to day tasks of performance management, employee relations, training and development.

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Amy White

HR Consultant

Amy is a qualified HR professional with a broad background in business management across both the public and private sectors. Amy's own experience as a senior manager with responsibility for large teams and budgets underpins her approach to HR; she is always mindful of the overall objectives of the business/organisation when providing HR advice. Amy understands the pressures faced by managers seeking to comply with ever-changing employment legislation while meeting challenging business objectives. She has worked for some world-renowned organisations including KPMG (management consultancy) and Saxton Bampfylde (executive recruitment) as well as holding senior management/HR roles in the NHS and local government. Amy has a 1st class degree in Psychology from Bristol University (2000) where she specialised in occupational psychology. She gained her employment law qualification from the CIPD in 2016.

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Laura Mitchell-Innes

HR Consultant (CIPD)

Laura is a passionate people person with a can do and positive attitude. Laura is a CIPD qualified HR generalist with over 15 years experience. She started her career in talent management before making the transition into generalist HR and has experience managing the full employee lifecycle. Laura has worked across a diverse range of industries from startup, professional services and financial services, but more recently for a venture capitalist supporting a number of startups with everything people related. The nature of startups means that the goal posts are constantly moving on a daily basis. With this experience Laura has mastered the art of being flexible and adaptable with great ease, no job is too big or too small. 

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Zoe Clark

HR Consultant (MCIPD)

Zoe is a generalist HR Consultant, with special interest in Employment Law, Employee Relations, Metrics & Recruitment and has been a Chartered Member of the CIPD since 2011.  Zoe has a broad range of cross sector experience and is a small business specialist, having worked in several SME’s setting up HR departments. Her experience has seen her support rapid business and team growth, mentoring (HR and leadership) and change. She has resolved numerous employee relations, absence and misconduct cases, has run TUPE and redundancy programmes and managed countless recruitment campaigns.  Zoe genuinely believes that there is a solution for every problem and loves that her role allows her to actively tackle challenges and to make a positive impact.

Mark Scally

HR Consultant (MCIPD)

Mark is a generalist HR Consultant with over 20 years’ HR experience across large, medium sized and small companies, predominantly in Financial Services and also Technology, Media and Communications, He has experience supporting management and staff with commercial and pragmatic solutions in increasingly fast paced, challenging and highly regulated environments.

Julie Leach

Julie Leach

HR & Training Consultant (CIPD)

Julie is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and since graduating in Business Studies, has had a varied career within global Financial Services for nearly 20 years.   

Her roles have included HR Consultancy, Business Management, Learning & Development, Internal Communications, Cultural Change and Event Management, many of which have included working with global teams across different cultures. 

 Julie spent two years living and working in Hong Kong where she was responsible for delivering the ‘people strategy’ across Asia Pacific for a global bank. 

Julie is currently a freelance HR, Learning & Development and Coaching specialist with a portfolio of clients across Surrey and London and is also the founder and co-Director of Chancery Training Ltd, a training company which specialises in enhancing individual and team performance.

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Stephanie Rough

Recruitment Specialist (MCIPD)

 Chartered MCIPD qualified, Stephanie is a client-focused versatile professional with extensive experience and achievement within recruitment, talent management, customer relationship management, senior management in small businesses, HR and administration.   Having worked as a senior manager in SMEs and as a recruiter in agency recruitment for 20 years, working with private and corporate clients, Stephanie is passionate about ensuring success for her clients by supporting them in recruiting and retaining the best talent. 

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Noelle Davies

Workplace & Employment Mediator (MSoM, MA, FCIPD)

Noelle Davies is a workplace and employment mediator with 20 years experience in operational and global HR.   She resolves workplace conflict with mediations and coaching, independent investigations together with relevant conflict related training. 


The aim of mediation and conflict coaching is to help participants listen, articulate critical points and move forward.  Addressing conflict or disputes as early as possible will lead to quicker and easier resolutions in a far more cost effective manner than time spent on grievances, lost staff hours or in the worst case scenario, employment tribunals. 


As an experienced HR professional, Noelle is well versed in all aspects of workplace disputes and investigations from compensation to reorganisations and strategic disagreements. Furthermore, after two decades of managing and supporting conflicts in a major corporate, Noelle is excited to be able to support diverse industries and companies to deal with conflict in new and constructive ways. 

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Asha Kumar

Employment Lawyer

Ditton HR has an association with an independent employment law solicitor, Asha Kumar of Keystone Law, who is a highly experienced Employment Lawyer having worked in a City law firm for 18 years and who was promoted to partnership in 2012.  Whilst specialising in employment law, she can assist in connecting people to a full array of legal services.


Asha helps individuals and corporates with all aspects of employment law.  She has extensive experience in helping individuals on leaving employment and on joining new employment.  She deals with workplace grievances and disciplinary matters.  Her advice to companies, includes assisting start-ups, Entrepreneurs, SMEs and larger corporates in need of day-to-day employment law advice throughout the employment life-cycle from recruitment, during employment and on termination. 

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Emma Greggains

Occupational Psychologist

Emma is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with twenty years of behavioural assessment and development experience; she now specialises in career management.  Accredited to Level A and B in the BPS Certificate of Competence, Emma uses a wide range of psychometrics (e.g. Myers Briggs, WAVE, OPQ) for assessment from graduate to executive level.  Emma has worked with clients in both the private and public sector, including Local Government, National Grid and most recently the British Olympic Swimming Team.

Emma designs bespoke assessment solutions and supports her clients to deliver them effectively. Product design experience includes competency based interviews, assessment centre exercises, assessor training materials and evaluation tools. 

Emma’s particular area of interest is in supporting individuals through career transition, outplacement and clients who are exploring ways to re-enter the workplace after a career break.  In partnership, she works to understand each person’s unique situation and then helps them to identify and act upon their key strengths in order to come up with a well-balanced career plan.

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Corinna Lockerbie

HR Administrator

Corinna is a highly organised and efficient Business Administration graduate with significant experience in HR, recruitment, administrative, sales, customer service and organisational roles. 


Corinna's HR and recruitment experience spans the past 10 years.  Corinna has excellent Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Database experience and is fluent in German.

Claire Wilson

Claire Wilson

HR Administrator (CIPD)

Claire is an experienced, level 5 CIPD qualified, HR administrator providing robust support to a range of stakeholders; HR colleagues, senior managers, the Board and wider workforce. Offering timely and accurate advice and office administration in a range of settings which have included global corporates to smaller businesses. A natural relationship builder, adapting to a range of requirements and expectations. Adept at working with policy, legislation and experienced in managing confidential business & HR data. 

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Helen Elderfield

Governance Consultant / Executive Assistant

Helen has been working with senior executives and boards on corporate governance matters for over 20 years following a successful career in the financial services sector.  Her excellent communication and organisation skills have ensured confident project management in a variety of situations including NED recruitment, board development, disciplinary investigation, organisational change, policy review and company closure.  Helen's experience spans public, private and third sector organisations from SMEs to multinationals.

Jennie Westom | Ditton HR

Jennie Weston


Jennie is an Administrator with a strong administrative and customer services-based background spanning over 13 years. She is highly organised, time efficient and with a superb attention to detail. She has a good knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Database usage.


She has a friendly and open manner and conducts herself in a professional way. She has gained this experience from Higher Education and the retail industry.


Jennie is Swedish but writes and speaks fluent English. She is an excellent communicator and has a language degree in Spanish and Italian obtained at University of Leicester.


Alongside being an Administrator Jennie runs her own Swedish bakery called Jennie’s Fika Kitchen.  It is a home bakery selling authentic Swedish cinnamon buns, cakes, biscuits and bread online via Facebook, Instagram and her own website.

HR Director

Interview with Claire Watt

Read the interview with Claire Watt in HR Director Magazine