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.

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.