Our Team

  • Amy Spavins Project Consultant at Connor

    Amy Dare

  • Antonia Bartels

    Antonia Bartels

    Senior Client Partner

  • Claire Maynard Senior HR Consultant at Connor

    Claire Maynard

    Head of Internal HR, Senior HR Consultant and Project Manager

  • David Honour Delivery Operations Consultant at Connor

    David Honour

    Delivery Operations Consultant

  • Fraser Silvey - Managing Director at Connor

    Fraser Silvey

    Managing Director

  • Jed Brazell Financial Accountant at Connor

    Jed Brazell

    Financial Accountant

  • Jo Bristow - Training Services Delivery Expert at Connor

    Jo Bristow

    Training Services Delivery Expert

  • Julia Nickless Director of People Development at Connor

    Julia Nickless

    Director - People Development

  • Julie Stephens

    Julie Stephens

    Finance Director

  • Connor employee Leslie Davis

    Leslie Fernandes

    Senior Consultant Executive Outplacement

  • Lucinda Barfoot-Saunt Senior Client Partner

    Lucinda Barfoot-Saunt

    Senior Client Partner

  • Nicky Valmas

    Director – Organisational Change & HR Services

  • Paul connor Projects Delivery Director at Connor

    Paul Connor

    Projects Delivery Director

  • Rhiannon Rowley

    Rhiannon Rowley

    Outplacement Services Expertise Manager

  • Connor employee Sarah Pittman

    Sarah Pittman

    Strategic Account Director

  • Simon Milner - Delivery & Operations Director at Connor

    Simon Milner

    Director - Delivery & Operations

  • Sue Foxley Outplacement Delivery Expert at Connor

    Sue Foxley

    Outplacement Delivery Expert

  • Tim Kemp Head of Executive Transition at Connor

    Tim Kemp

    Head of Executive Outplacement

  • Tim Luscombe Chairman at Connor

    Tim Luscombe

    Chairman

Amy Spavins Project Consultant at Connor

Amy Dare

Amy joined Connor in 2017 and provides support to our clients as part of our programme and project management team. She works closely with our clients and the team here at Connor to deliver projects to the high standards our clients expect.

In Amy’s spare time she enjoys painting, exploring and walking her dog, Flo.

 Amy says:

“I joined Connor because of the diversity of the role and the calibre of people that work here. It is a great place to learn, where you have the support of a group of brilliant and passionate people. I like being part of a team where your opinions are so welcomed and valued.”

Antonia Bartels

Antonia Bartels

Senior Client Partner

Antonia joined Connor in 2021 as a Senior Client Partner. She is responsible for guiding organisations and their employees through workplace changes with confidence and sound judgement.

The foundations of her approach are drawn from many years’ experience working with global businesses across people advisory services, consulting and relationship management within the UK and Australia. Experienced at helping business leaders optimise organisational and people performance, Antonia enjoys developing meaningful relationships to deliver quality outcomes.

When Antonia is not spending time with her tribe of family and friends you can find her sweating it out in the hot yoga studio or dancing Brazilian zouk.  

Antonia says:

“At Connor we help clients navigate the intricacies of change in a way that treats employees with respect and integrity, leading back to better outcomes for all.”

Claire Maynard Senior HR Consultant at Connor

Claire Maynard

Head of Internal HR, Senior HR Consultant and Project Manager

Claire joined Connor in November 2019, and brings with her nearly 20 years’ experience of Change Management from HR and Operational perspectives.  She spent many years in fast paced Retail and Logistics Operations, delivering national change programmes for large corporate organisations, before moving into the public sector and HR strategy.

At Connor she focuses on Project Management and is responsible for building and driving project plans, deliverables, identifying and managing risks, and reporting on progress.​

Claire is a great believer that the best results are achieved by listening to our clients, implementing the most appropriate methodology and systematic approach and using in-house tools where appropriate.  Taking time to understand the challenges and sensitivities surrounding the project is key to mitigate risk and deliver the plan.​

In Claire’s spare time she enjoys quality time with her family and two young boys and is learning Spanish in the hope that one day she will be fluent and able to understand her bilingual children before they conspire against her!

Claire says:

“People are the most important thing to any organisation; get that right and the rest will follow. Change is inevitable, and Connor are the experts at people and change. Let us help you with that, and then you can focus on getting the job done.”

David Honour Delivery Operations Consultant at Connor

David Honour

Delivery Operations Consultant

David spent many years working as a recruitment consultant and then an outplacement consultant before joining Connor in 2014.

As a project consultant, David is a central point of contact for the clients and people we support. He is often involved from initial engagement through to completion of their outplacement service, and is passionate about ensuring that every person we support receives an exceptional experience that is tailored to their individual needs.

David spent over 15 years as a recruitment consultant and 5 years as an outplacement consultant before joining Connor in 2014. In his nine years as a freelance consultant, he provided recruitment services to clients ranging from SMEs to blue-chip organisations, as well as outplacement services to over 700 individuals referred from private organisations and government-backed programmes for unemployed professionals.

In David’s spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and his two younger, children cheering them on while they’re on the football pitch!

David says:

“Customer service is everything. I am passionate about doing the right thing and making a difference to the people we support as they go through what can often be a very difficult time in their lives.”

Fraser Silvey - Managing Director at Connor

Fraser Silvey

Managing Director

With over 25 years’ HR and consulting experience, Fraser works alongside Julia and Paul to help our clients identify how we can help their organisations to evolve and thrive through their people.

As a member of the board, Fraser also plays an active part in driving the strategic direction of the business as Connor continues on its exciting growth journey.

Before joining Connor, Fraser worked in engineering and construction companies in various roles, from heading up the recruitment function on the Channel Tunnel rail link project to managing the HR on overseas construction projects in Nigeria, Norway and Kazakhstan. Fraser has a degree in psychology and a master’s degree in criminal justice. He is also MCIPD qualified.

In his spare time, Fraser is a trustee of the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service in Berkshire. He enjoys travelling, spending time with his family, physical challenges and all kinds of ball sports.

Fraser says:

“I have been with Connor for a long time now but there has never been more exciting time than this to be part of our amazing business. With unprecedented levels of change in the world in which we live, working for an organisation that excels at assisting individuals and organisations navigate successfully through change is a great place to be. I am really passionate about what we do and proud of the results we deliver and can’t wait to be a part of our continuing growth journey.”

Jed Brazell Financial Accountant at Connor

Jed Brazell

Financial Accountant

Jed joined Connor as an apprentice in 2014 and provides support for the finance team and wider business. He manages all our day-to-day financial matters, and has also owned a variety of data management and support projects during his time at Connor. Jed is qualified in AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and is currently training to be CIMA qualified.

In Jed’s spare time, he enjoys socialising with friends and travelling around the world.

Jed says:

“What Connor does well is offer the personal experience to anyone who comes our way. Working in such a niche area means that most of the time our work is based around our client rather than a process. As a growing business, we are the right size for everyone to contribute fully towards our goals and to feel valued and have a say.”

Jo Bristow - Training Services Delivery Expert at Connor

Jo Bristow

Training Services Delivery Expert

Jo joined Connor in October 2018, and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the People Development centre of expertise. She is also a consultant and an accredited VoicePrint coach, designing and delivering development initiatives to organisations, teams and individuals.

She is a member of the CIPD and holds a level-5 diploma in HR management as well as a professional certificate in coaching from Henley Business School. With 20 years of commercial and operational management roles behind her, Jo brings a wealth of practical experience to her role.

Jo enjoys keeping fit by playing netball in the local league and enjoys travelling with her husband and children.

Jo Says:

“I love working with the passionate, professional and people focussed team at Connor. In the current constantly changing environment, we work with people to increase their resilience and agility so they can thrive and fulfil their potential by developing their mindset, skills and behaviours.  Our Clients love the fact we tailor our content to make it relevant and bespoke to their specific environment and needs.”

Julia Nickless Director of People Development at Connor

Julia Nickless

Director - People Development

Julia has been with Connor since 2015, initially to set up and lead our Client Partnership team then as Director for our People Development and Parental Returner services. She works with our clients to identify how we can help their organisations to evolve and thrive through their people.

With over 15 years’ experience work in people, HR and commercial leadership space, Julia is all about getting under the skin of what will enable real, sustainable change for the individual, team or whole organisation. She has a deep love for learning and the dynamics of nature and nurture. She is a member of the British Psychological society and a passionate believer in boundaryless development.

Julia says:

“The best thing about Connor is working in an agile SME with incredibly talented individuals. Connor’s deeply-rooted ethics and values are the reason I was attracted to joining the business in the first place and they form a part of day-to-day life here.

Clients tell me that they love our flexibility and the care we show to their people. I am proud to work for a business with such a strong reputation and an exceptional delivery team, who walk the walk as well as talk the talk.”

Julie Stephens

Julie Stephens

Finance Director

Having known Paul and Fraser for more than 20 years in a professional capacity, Julie joined the Board at Connor, to help support us with the business as it is now, and help build it for the future.

Julie’s background is as a Fellow of the ACCA, she have been qualified for many years and has had the opportunity to hone her Finance and accounting skills in many industries, mostly in hi-tech and services, where the challenges of a fast paced and ever changing environment suited her very well.

Having the opportunity to work closely with Paul, Fraser and the Connor team, has been a breath of fresh air, it has been a really exciting experience and one that I enjoy daily, and I very much look forward to continuing into the future.

Connor employee Leslie Davis

Leslie Fernandes

Senior Consultant Executive Outplacement

Leslie joined Connor in September 2021 after an extensive business leadership career which included being MD for Northern Europe & Iberia for Black Box, a global publicly listed IT company, and subsequently providing business consultancy services to companies in the UK and internationally. Leslie delivers our market leading bespoke outplacement service to executives.

Leslie says:

“I’m passionate about using my business experience to help executives to get where they want to be, in a manner that’s tailored to their needs. After experiencing and receiving the outstanding service of the Connor team as a client for over 20 years, it’s great to now be part of such an incredible business.”

Lucinda Barfoot-Saunt Senior Client Partner

Lucinda Barfoot-Saunt

Senior Client Partner

Lucinda joined Connor in October 2017, and works with key clients to help them understand and identify their HR needs.

Lucinda has significant senior-level sales experience, with a rich and diverse background from the likes of Yell to the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has a straightforward, pragmatic approach and an impeccable eye for detail that helps her work with clients to get to the root of a problem quickly, and provide effective solutions.

In her spare time, Lucinda enjoys road trips and going to festivals with friends and family in her classic VW camper van.

Lucinda says:

“My role at Connor is varied and interesting and I am proud that clients tell me our approach is warm and engaging, that we ‘get’ where they are coming from and give honest advice.”

Nicky Valmas

Director – Organisational Change & HR Services

Nicky heads up our Organisational Change & HR Services division. With a background that includes roles in Sales and Marketing, Procurement Consultancy and HR Business Partnering for businesses such as AT Kearney and CME Group, Nicky is growing and stewarding this line of business within Connor to ensure that it continues to develop and be positioned appropriately in the market of HR Services and Organisational Change delivery.

Paul connor Projects Delivery Director at Connor

Paul Connor

Projects Delivery Director

Paul established Connor in 1992 and has over 30 years’ experience in a variety of senior HR and business roles.

Paul says:

“I believe that if you set out to do the right things and if you really care about others then business success will follow. The business journey starts with integrity – do my words match my actions?

Our clients trust us and say that we are straightforward to deal with and avoid ‘consultancy speak’. We listen to what they want, deliver what we promise and have some fun along the way.”

Rhiannon Rowley

Rhiannon Rowley

Outplacement Services Expertise Manager

Rhiannon joined Connor in 2018, and is responsible for the day-to-day running of our Career Transition centre of expertise. She works closely with clients in the UK and internationally to make sure everyone receiving Connor’s transition support has a positive, high-quality experience.

Rhiannon has over 10 years’ experience in learning and people development roles, and is a qualified business psychologist. She enjoys combining a range of tools and models along with practical, hands-on experience to ensure Connor’s career transition support helps people in the most effective way, geared to their individual needs.

Rhiannon says:

“People are at the heart of every decision we make at Connor, and I am proud that everything we do in career transition is designed to give maximum benefit to our clients and candidates to get them to where they want to be, as quickly as possible.”

Connor employee Sarah Pittman

Sarah Pittman

Strategic Account Director

Sarah joined Connor in July 2021 and is responsible for working with a number of our key clients.  Sarah has a passion for all areas of people consulting and has spent most of her career working with organisations to design and deliver global employee experience programmes. Sarah has a 20-year people and change background, having worked for organisations such as Willis Towers Watson, Hay Group and Korn Ferry.

Sarah is a people person and enjoys entertaining at her home in Surrey. She loves travelling the world and sampling new experiences.

 Sarah says:

“I am a strong believer that a positive employee experience not only builds a strong work culture, but also delivers better business results. What I love about Connor is that every service we offer is geared towards truly supporting our clients improve their performance by doing what is right by their people.” 

Simon Milner - Delivery & Operations Director at Connor

Simon Milner

Director - Delivery & Operations

Simon joined Connor in 2016 and since then, has worked as a senior consultant and project manager on a number of large, high profile, international change projects. Simon now heads up our programme management function, looking after internal and client-facing projects and programmes. Simon has over 20 years of business and generalist HR expertise from working on complex restructuring projects like site closures through to TUPE programmes.

Simon is MCIPD qualified and has a post-graduate diploma in personnel management.

Simon says:

“I like delivering projects and providing strategic thinking. I’m also comfortable with running large projects and teams. My role at Connor enables me to do this for a range of clients and this makes it a challenging, interesting place to work.”

Sue Foxley Outplacement Delivery Expert at Connor

Sue Foxley

Outplacement Delivery Expert

Sue joined Connor in 2008 and has helped make the organisation what it is today. She works with our customers to shape and deliver tailored programmes, and with individuals to deliver our career and transition coaching.

Sue has a broad business background with roles in recruitment, finance and HR, and established and ran her own business for 12 years. She is an accomplished coach who enjoys helping people reach their goals, and organisations to realise their people potential. She is accredited in VoicePrint and McQuaig, and as a Personal performance coach.

Sue is passionate about wellness and adventure; she enjoys teaching yoga, global travel, being active and spending time with family and friends outside of work.

Sue says:

“Making a difference to people and organisations by delivering the very best quality of care through our career transition services is what makes us tick.”

Tim Kemp Head of Executive Transition at Connor

Tim Kemp

Head of Executive Outplacement

Tim joined Connor in 2019, after a career including being HR Director for Unisys and headhunting for the likes of Korn Ferry and ZRG Partners. Tim ensures that our executive outplacement service continues to lead the market in providing high-touch, high-impact bespoke outplacement support.

Tim says:

“Our clients already understand the value of our executive outplacement, prizing the opportunity to work with peer-level coaches and to receive stretching, outside-the-box coaching that helps them realise their ambitions and goals. It’s incredibly exciting to add to that with my own experiences and insights to create a service that is the envy of senior executives everywhere.”

Tim Luscombe Chairman at Connor

Tim Luscombe

Chairman

Tim is chair of our board and a strategic thinker who is focused on improving business performance.

Tim is the past National President and past Chairman of the Professional Speaking Association He’s an accredited coach with The Core Asset helping smaller businesses with their marketing and business growth.

His background is in financial management and career highlights include Madge Networks which grew from 50 to more than 2000 employees and went public on NASDAQ with a 76% compound annual growth rate. Tim was responsible for Madge’s business across Asia Pacific opening 11 sales offices across the region.

Tim was later the UK MD of Black Box, an IT distribution & networking business.

The foundation of every business is its people and the delights and challenges they bring. I’m delighted to be working with these fabulous people professionals helping individuals and leaders reach their potential.

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