Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
Human Resources

HR Business Partnering and Employee Relations

HR Business Partnering

Working across the University our HR Business Partners are dedicated human resources professionals providing strategic support for University leadership. Partnered with the University Executive and their extended teams, they offer guidance to enable the delivery of key people initiatives which in turn maximises organisational performance.  

HR Directorate:

Anne-Marie Sitton, Executive Director Human Resources – HR Business Partner to the President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark E. Smith, HR Business Partner to the Senior Vice-President (Academic) Professor Phil Wright.

Sarah Hollowbread, HR Director, Service Delivery – HR Business Partner to Vice-President (Research & Enterprise) Professor Mark Spearing, HR Business Partner to Vice-President (Education) Professor Deborah Gill.                                                          

Roberta Head, HR Director, Client Services – HR Business Partner to Vice-President (Operations) Wendy Appleby, Vice-President International and Engagement, Professor Andrew Atherton and Vice-President Engagement and International, Professor Jane Falkingham.

HR Business Partners to Faculties and Professional Services

Sarah Flynn: Faculty of Arts & Humanities; Legal Services & Governance; VC Office.

Jacqui Glynn: Faculty of Environmental & Life Sciences; Institute for Life Sciences; iSolutions; Research & Innovation Services; Sustainability and Resilience Institute.

Cathie Holmes: Engagement and Advancement; Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences; Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute; Web Science Institute.

Luke Kelly: Estates and Facilities.

Ruth Nash: Faculty of Medicine; Change Portfolio Office.

Caroline Norris: Faculty of Social Sciences; Human Resources; Health, Safety & Risk.

Charlotte Solway: Finance, Planning & Analytics; Student Experience Directorate.

Recruitment & Talent

Caroline Milligan: HR Business Partner, Talent & Recruitment.

Ita Holmes: Recruitment and Talent Specialist.

Zeynep Salahur: Recruitment and Talent Specialist.

Industrial Relations

Luke Kelly, Industrial Relations Business Partner.

Lucy Grant, Industrial Relations Officer.

Employee Relations Case Management

Our Employee Relations case management team, provide a proactive, responsive and compliant advisory service; supporting with full case management and consultations on employment-related matters.   Procedural information, guidance and support is also available on our Employee Relations Toolkit.

The team are:

Lucie Chick: Employee Relations Lead

Rebecca Applegate: Engagement and Advancement, Estates & Facilities.

Tara Crawley: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences; Legal,Corporate & Information Governance.

Sarah Buchanan: Faculty of Medicine; Change Portfolio Office.

Georgina Figgins: Faculty of Social Sciences; Health, Safety & Risk; Faculty of Arts & Humanities; VC Office.

Samantha McLaughlin: Faculty of Environmental & Life Sciences; iSolutions; Research & Innovation Services.

Andrea Turner: Finance, Planning & Analytics; Residences; Office of the Academic Registrar; Student & Education Services; Library; Careers & Employability, Widening Participation & Social Mobility; Global Recruitment & Admissions. 

Carol Read: Employee Relations Project Adviser


If you have an employee relations issue which you would like advice on please contact Ask HR in the first instance:

Privacy Settings