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Ciara McGovern and Ian Pilbeam

Ciara McGovern and Ian Pilbeam

HR and Health & Safety for Local Businesses

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Meet the Team

Business owners and company directors across Edinburgh & the Lothians receive business focused and common-sense HR advice and Health & Safety support from The HR Dept Edinburgh & the Lothians.

Ciara McGovern

Ciara McGovern
Managing Director

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Ciara has over 16 years HR experience in both the private and public sectors and has managed the full range of HR services, delivering success projects and advice to diverse teams and businesses. Ciara works with a wide range of SME and third sector clients across many sectors.

Ciara has lived in Scotland for the last 21 years and enjoys travelling to places on her “bucket list” and socialising in the wonderful city of Edinburgh

Ian Pilbeam

Ian Pilbeam
Founder and Chair

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Ian heads up the HR Dept Edinburgh & the Lothians team. With nearly 30 years HR experience, Ian has a wealth of experience in helping businesses to ensure success through their people, be legally compliant and handle tricky people issues. As a business owner himself, Ian understands the challenges that come with running and growing a business.

Ian’s straightforward, honest approach to any client has made him a trusted partner among dozens of organisations, across a wide range of sectors, looking to avoid people problems or manage difficult situations. He is known for his ability to explain complex concepts simply and to make learning fun and enjoyable.

Ian lives in Edinburgh and is a huge sport and music fan, with an insatiable appetite for world travel fuelled by his round the world trip with his family a few years ago.

Tristen Bellringer

Tristen Bellringer
Health and Safety Advisor

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Steph Glynn

Steph Glynn
HR Business Partner

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Steph has been delivering high quality HR support to local businesses for many years. She looks after many local businesses across a wide range of sectors including construction, hospitality, professional services and the third sector. Steph enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dogs.

Shona Burns

Shona Burns
HR Business partner

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    Shona has vast experience in Operational HR across both international private, and domestic public sectors. Having supported businesses in the USA and the Netherlands, she brings a wealth of knowledge from a wide range of sectors to the team. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, in particular training sled dogs during the winter months.

    Vili Pirinska

    Vili Pirinska
    HR Advisor

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    Vili has been practising HR in the private sector for several years. She has an MA in Management and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen as well as an MSc in Human Resource Management from the Robert Gordon University. She is an associate and qualified member of the CIPD.

    Vili enjoys going to Salsa and Bachata classes in her free time. She also loves travelling and practising yoga.

    Kimberley Adamson

    Kimberley Adamson
    HR Assistant

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    Kimberley joined us in 2018 as an apprentice, she is now a HR Assistant and is working towards a CIPD qualification which will help her in her HR career.

    Kimberley has a keen interest in reading and is happiest whilst in the sunshine.

    Natalie McGowan

    Natalie McGowan
    Admin Assistant

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      Natalie has recently joined us as an Administrator. She has 14 years worth of Administrative experience in previous roles.

      When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family and reading when she gets a minutes peace.

      Becky Brown

      Becky Brown
      Finance

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      Becky keeps the business running smoothly with her financial and administrative skills and plays a key role in ensuring our clients have accurate and relevant information and accounts.  Becky loves creative hobbies like crafting and gardening.

      Graeme Wilkinson

      Graeme Wilkinson
      Associate Learning & Development Consultant

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      Graeme is our expert advisor, consultant and facilitator and has successfully delivered Insights Profiling and Workshops to over 200 of our clients.

      Graeme is qualified to deliver Insights, MBTI, 360’s and has designed, bespoke L&D solutions for many SMEs and Global Organisations.

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