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People & Leadership Networking and Events (Networking and Events)

People and Leadership

Networking & events designed by industry professionals for people leaders



Following an exceptionally successful 5 week programme; 'Leading Remotely with Wellbeing in Mind', where over 30 HR and Leadership professionals joined together, learned new skills and supported each other, we wanted to go further to explain to you who we are and what we aim to achieve with 'People & Leadership'Networking and Events.


In the early stages of COVID-19, a group of likeminded professionals and friends were discussing how the pandemic was impacting HR teams and whether we could bring value to the HR community in these troubled times. These discussions led to the creation of several online events such as 'Effective Internal Communications' and 'How to Support your Employees with Mental Health'. We gained such positive feedback from these sessions that we continued to develop a 5 week programme on 'Leading Remotely with Wellbeing in Mind' written and delivered by Sharon MacArthur. Although the initial aim of the group was to provide valuable webinars with tangible take away material, we soon saw the opportunity to expand this further and allow attendees to become part of a larger network that can continue to support each other through COVID19 and beyond. Over 30 HR and Leadership professionals joined together to create a safe way to communicate openly about their current challenges and successes in order to help others in the same profession. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved to date and look forward to providing more topical discussions in the near future.


People and Leadership is run by a group of industry professionals who together bring a range of experience and expert knowledge to the network.


Elaine Jordan - Director, Extension Recruitment

Elaine has been Director of Extension Recruitment since 2011 and aims to bring a refreshing outlook on recruitment. Not only does Elaine have a successful background in recruitment, she is also a professional development specialist qualified and experienced in coaching, NLP practitioner and accredited profiler. With many strings to her bow, Elaine is able to provide advice on company culture, growth and management coaching while also providing a personalised recruitment solution across your whole business.


Lynn Bennett FIRP - Director, Lynn Bennett Resourcing

Lynn began her own HR recruitment business in 2014 after building a successful career as an HR practitioner and HR recruiter spanning 24 years! With a consultative approach Lynn will ensure a personal, effective and highly successful outcome with every client she works with.  Lynn understands the pivotal importance that Human Resources has in shaping an organisations effectiveness and performance, and indeed how recruitment and selection has become ever more important as organisations look to their workforce as a source of competitive advantage.


Sharon McArthur - Owner, Red Handbag

Sharon is a passionate coach and experienced leader who delights in unlocking potential in others to become more accountable. With a focus on helping organisations develop their leaders and management processes to ensure they are fit for future growth, Sharon works with you and your leadership team to ensure they have the right tools to become great leaders. Sharon is also a passionate advocate of Women in Business and enjoys working with female professionals to ensure they have the confidence to reach the top of their profession. Sharon also works as a menopause educator. Helping businesses to navigate and understand how best to support women working through menopause. Ignorance can no longer be an excuse. Get in touch to find out more. 



Lyn Carruthers - Director, Culture Vine Ltd

Lyn has over 15 years' experience working within Communications and Engagement within both large plc's and SME's in the North East giving her a wealth of knowledge in the field of business culture and organisation development. In January 2020, Lyn created her own business with the aim to deliver Organisation Development solutions to all businesses, regardless of size, industry, or budget. Lyn is a fully qualified Executive Leadership Coach, with specialism in Employee Engagement, Internal Communications and Organisation Development and can help to unpick the most complex of challenges. 


We are incredibly grateful to all those who have joined our network so far and have helped to create an inclusive environment for all involved. Here is just some of the feedback we have received so far.


"The opportunity to network during this time has been so beneficial to me personally and to our organisation, we have demonstrated true compassion and support for each other, and I would love to see this group continue."  Amanda Walker, HR and OD Lead, Camphill Village Trust


"This series of webinars, hosted by super experienced (but in touch with reality) people experts, has been amazing. These sessions are a must if you are a forward-thinking people professional in your organisation."  Matt Knibbs, Head of People & Culture, Millennium Care Services


"These sessions have been a much-needed interaction with likeminded people. Each session has been very thought provoking, and the sharing of knowledge and experiences amongst the group has been invaluable"  Nichola Gleghorn, Group Human Resources Manager, Metnor Group ltd.



We are proud to announce that our future events include:


Thursday 16th July ( 3pm - 4.30pm ) Gary Furmedge, Emotional Intelligence, Part 1: Introduction

Wednesday 29th July ( 3pm - 4.30pm ) Gary Furmedge, Emotional Intelligence, Part 2: Self Awareness

Please see more information on the content for Gary's talk here.


Tuesday 11th August - 10am - 11.30am Gareth Whalley, Global Director, Diversity & Inclusion (of Coca-Cola)


If you would like more information about our networking group or to sign up to our future events please do not hesitate to contact

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