HR can seem overly complicated and sometimes a bit frightening to small business owners, at Grounded HR we strongly believe that HR can be straightforward.  We believe you can get the best out of your people and be legally compliant, without the need for complicated systems and lots of policies.

At Grounded HR we also want to change the stereotype of HR people; we aren’t all power hungry, grim reaper types only showing up to meetings when someone is going to be ‘sacked’. HR professionals can be warm, creative and compassionate, whilst still supporting business owners with tough decisions.

Meet the Team

HR Professionals - Caroline Chapman

Caroline Chapman

Creator and Director

My name is Caroline, I am a mum of three and I am on a mission to change the face of HR. I founded Grounded HR to change the face of HR and to be able to provide compassionate, straightforward and down to earth HR advice and support for small business owners.

I am CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and development) qualified and for over 20 years have worked in a variety of sectors; from family run businesses, manufacturing companies, FTSE 100 companies and various charities. Although I covered all aspects of HR, a lot of the time I was involved in complex Employee Relations cases, where investigations become disciplinaries, that then become grievances, then the employee goes off sick and claims bullying or harassment. It can seem to become extremely complicated very quickly, however I love to work through these situations finding practical and positive solutions.

When I am not working I love to spend time outdoors with my family, crafting or drinking prosecco and cocktails with my friends.

Grace Dalley

Lead Consultant

I’m Grace and have been a chartered CIPD practitioner for 15 years. As lead HR Consultant I provide clients with support in all areas that will include advising on complicated disciplinary and grievance matters, developing organisational structures, or drafting employment contracts. I have previously led an HR team and provided advice to managers on complex employment issues.

I’m also passionate about corporate governance and my business GED & Co Ltd supports directors and company secretaries to meet their company’s legal and regulatory obligations.

I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends and attending amazing music festivals in the summer. I try to keep fit and aim to get into the gym at least once a week.

Julia Beeby

HR Consultant

I’m Julia an HR Consultant with nearly 20 years experience. I’m passionate about helping people and adding genuine value. This could be assisting you in getting the best from your team, tackling difficult conversations and workplace issues, or making the technical HR jargon simple to understand and implement.

Alongside being CIPD qualified, I have experience of complex HR issues both from a Company perspective and an Employee prospective. I've also experienced Employment Tribunals from both viewpoints.

One of my key principles is giving back to others, I founded and run a not-for-profit community group for my village with the aim to enhance our village.  I also have a New Baby and Mum-to-Be giftset business, BB's Baby Bundles. This is something I'm particularly proud of as I created this in celebration of our firstborn daughter, who passed away unexpectedly at 4 days old in 2014. Through this, I raise awareness of baby loss, often a difficult and avoided subject for many.

I love DIY and spending time with my daughter. I have undertaken some significant property developments, our pet cat is a veteran with our DIY chaos but our dog is on a significant learning curve.

Shirley Browning

HR Aministration Specialist

I’m Shirley I have the pleasure of being Grounded Human Resources’ HR Admin specialist.  I am a BA (Honours) in Business and Human Resource Management graduate and CIPD qualified.

I have mainly worked in administration services in the public sector gaining 5 years’ experience working as a Pensions Administrators dealing with compensation and benefits. During this period, I also assisted with retirements, voluntary redundancy and have further experience of working for pharmaceutical and international companies.

At Grounded Human Resources, I have lead on the recruitment of clients new starters, providing a service which is friendly and beneficial to both the client and potential employees. When I’m not working, I take care of my two young boys, who are larger than life but a joy to be around. I enjoy travelling to sunnier climates and experiencing different cultures of the world.

Hannah Swierstra

Virtual Executive Assistant

I’m Hannah I am Grounded HR’s Executive Assistant.  I help with all of Grounded HR’s behind-the-scenes admin including project management and social media.  I also do a spot of confidential minute taking. After many years working in administrative and management roles I made the decision to create my own business, Balance VA Services.

At Balance VA Services my aim is to provide great quality, effective administrative support, to overwhelmed business owners, so they can work on their business, not in it. Life is short, and I want to help create space for people to spend time on what's important, whatever that may be.

Balance is the keyword.  I offer a range of services from traditional PA work through to project and online business management. You can find out more about me and the services I offer at: www.balance-va.co.uk

When I am not working, I love the outdoors, I don't care about getting muddy or wet, although I do like to stay warm.  I enjoy the odd tipple and I adopted a dog, Kiki, in November 2020 and she is a gorgeous, distracting, 5 year old Patterdale x Jack Russell.