Introducing the Team

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Claire Watt

Chartered (FCIPD) Director, Ditton HR

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.

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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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Vicki Sharp

HR Consultant (MCIPD)

Vicki has worked as a senior HR generalist for over 20 years in a variety of organisations including the BBC, St Mary’s University and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Comfortable working both strategically with leaders and delivering operational HR processes, Vicki is solution focused and has a track record of building relationships and understanding organisations. Vicki brings a depth of professional expertise as well as a sense of fun and creativity to her work.

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Zoe Clark

HR Consultant (MCIPD)

Zoe has many years of HR Consultancy, Management and Business Partner experience having worked with a wide variety of SME's in London and the South East. Zoe puts great value in being able to make strong personal connections and a positive impact within a short time-frame and enjoys the opportunity to see results first hand.


With a broad range of HR generalist cross sector experience gained through a wide variety of roles, Zoe is focused on providing operational and process orientated support, bespoke strategic solutions for shaping business through recruitment, restructure & redundancy, and metrics based people reporting and analysis.

HR Director

Interview with Claire Watt

Read the interview with Claire Watt in HR Director Magazine