Sharon Abbott – SMA HR Ltd

After a career spanning more than 35 years in HR, mainly in the oil industry, supporting management teams in Logistics, Retail, Shipping, Engineering, Finance and Aviation, I founded my Consultancy business, SMA HR Limited in March 2021.

There are not many things that I have not dealt with during my time in HR, my experience spans from resourcing through to exit and everything in between.  During the last ten years of my career, I was a Standalone HR Manager and Head of HR for a new Joint Venture company, where I was responsible for creating fit for purpose policies, procedures, and HR system/payroll infrastructure, I also spent a great deal of time supporting business reorganisations, acquisitions/service provider changes, so have experience in TUPE regulations and redundancy.  My approach to people problems, is to listen to the customer, ask lots of questions and then provide practical solutions, which fit the business needs but importantly, meet with employment legislation.

I am based in Hemel Hempstead and from the inception of my business, I have been very clear that my goal is to support small and medium sized businesses in Hemel and the surrounding areas, with limited or no HR support.  I have worked with clients who have less than 10 employees and others who have up to 300 employees.  I am also using this opportunity to undertake some local volunteering activities, as a Careers Enterprise Advisor supporting the John F Kennedy school careers lead and as a member of the Board of Governors at the Waterside Centre in Kings Langley.   I am thrilled to be part of the Hemel Business Ambassadors Group, it’s a great way to meet local business owners and be able to offer my support, as well as helping to champion Hemel and the surrounding areas, as a great place to do business.

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