Tom works as a senior HR consultant in our education team, managing six consultants across the South and has over 12 years’ experience working with schools and trusts, including working for six years with one of the largest academy trusts. Tom is experienced in all levels of HR management including complex union negotiations, high-level safeguarding cases and large-scale restructures.
Tom specialises in pay and reward initiatives and has supported numerous trusts with executive pay and structure reviews, including creating trust-wide pay scales/job families and R&R incentives. Tom is extremely passionate about improving education through proactive HR strategies and has supported many trusts in developing HR initiatives and five-year ‘People’ plans to achieve this.
Designing and leading on a new Trust-wide pay structure for over 400 staff.
Large scale restructure involving over 20 staff. Consultation and successful conclusion with no appeals.
"Tom is an exceptional HR advisor and we have worked together for many years. He always replies swiftly, even out of standard hours. His advice is clear and solution focussed. Tom is the reason I have not sought to tender with other companies. Any MAT/CEO would find Tom an asset. Similarly, when he is not available, he always leaves colleagues details and their advice is also strong."
“Tom has been supporting myself and our Trust for around 5 years now. He has taken the time to understand our Trust ethos and culture and provide a supportive service that is aligned with this, whilst ensuring he provides us with a clear understanding of all options available to us and the potential outcomes."
The Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 guidance includes a number of updates, the most significant of which is the creation of Section Two of Part Five. This introduces the concept of low-level concerns raised about staff, supply staff, volunteers and contractors.
For many years now the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have written to academy Chairs asking for justification and rationale on executive pay. School trusts have reached out to us for advice to help them meet their obligations within the Academies Financial Handbook.
Our leading HR and safeguarding experts Emma Hughes and Dai Durbridge will provide you with all the information you need in order to meet your statutory obligations in the on-demand recording.
Our award-winning employment lawyers and HR Consultants will be hosting a programme of six weekly sessions that will have real impact on how you manage and get the best out of your staff. Benefit from our extensive experience with complimentary, bite-sized learning opportunities.