Meet Diane Secker...
Diane is the founder of Accord HR Consulting ltd. providing small businesses with many people management services to aid companies to run smoothly.
Diane has a diverse HR background and her path began when she joined a small company for her first job. With a degree in languages, Diane became a French Speaking Customer Services Assistant. This company had no HR department and Diane took on the recruitment and development of new employees. She was concerned by some of the working practices and enjoyed learning about employment law and working with management to rectify some of these issues.
Diane graduated with a BA (Hons) Applied Languages degree in 1998 from Portsmouth University. Whilst working in broadcasting, Diane completed a Diploma in HR Management at Kingston University in 2003. A few years later, in 2007, whilst working as HR Manager, she graduated from Middlesex University with a Masters degree in Employment Law. More recently, in 2019, Diane became a qualified Mental Health First Aider which complements her existing knowledge and interest in wellbeing at work.
Diane is an associate member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) and attends events run by the local branch to keep up to speed with developments in the HR world. She is part of several networks of experienced HR Consultants in Hertfordshire and is part of a nationwide HR Independents Group. These networks allow her immediate access to a wealth of HR expertise, as well as occupational health professionals, legal advisers and coaches.
Diane’s first ‘proper’ HR role was in 2000, for an executive search and selection company in London. The following years were spent in HR roles in broadcasting, then at a professional membership association, which provided her with experience of different sectors and workplace cultures.
She enjoyed the challenges of working with managers to bring about compromises, improved working relationships and helping them deal with particularly challenging, or tricky, people situations.
Having returned to her home town of St Albans, she established Accord HR Consulting Ltd to continue helping managers with their ‘tricky’ people management situations within SMEs in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas.