Having always worked within financial services, and much larger organisations, I was keen to join a smaller company and particularly one in a brand new sector.

Carpmaels & Ransford has an impressive reputation and I also liked the sound of the environment which was described as friendly and collaborative.

It has been quite a surreal experience for me since joining as I have been working from home for the entire time due to lockdown (bar my first two weeks). Despite this, I have definitely felt welcomed and very much a part of both the HR team and the wider organisation. I have been impressed with the firm-wide communications which reflect the caring and collaborative culture of Carpmaels & Ransford. There have also been great examples of social interactions and events despite lockdown (online yoga and pilates classes, book club, webinars, water cooler chats, etc).

My job has two main elements. I am the Senior HR Business Partner. This means that I work closely with the Partners, Heads of Departments and wider management team as a trusted advisor influencing and helping to implement both the business and people strategies. I also head up the HR Operations function. This team manages day to day HR operations, is responsible for HR processes and policies and gets involved in the majority of HR projects. A recent project which is almost complete is the implementation of a new HR system.

I love my role and the variety of what I do day to day.

Given the size of the firm, the breadth of my role is so much greater than it was when I was working at large corporates. It also means that I interact regularly with colleagues of varying seniority across Carpmaels & Ransford.

I have been particularly impressed by the leadership and culture here. Everyone has been so welcoming since I joined. Two weeks after I arrived, we all had to work from home due to Covid-19 and I, like many, have young children to look after. Carpmaels & Ransford has been flexible and supportive to all employees during this pandemic and has really shown strong leadership and compassion to all throughout. I have seen good examples of collaborative working, speedy decision making and thoughtful communications.