David James

Human Resource Services

Substantial experience providing all aspects of strategic and operational HR support.

Human Resource Services

David James

B.Ed.; Grad IPM; HNC Public Administration; FCIPD

Dave is an experienced and highly qualified HR consultant, with more than 35 years of experience in human resource management and development. He was chair of the Merseyside Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development from 2008-11, responsible for the continuous professional development programme for more than 4,000 HR professionals. He is also Chair of Liverpool City Council's Independent Remuneration Panel. Dave has managed a range of HR and training services and his training team was successful in achieving a National Training Award in 2007, for their Equality Action Training.

Dave is a qualified English teacher, a graduate of the Institute of Personnel Management and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Dave was a director of People Solutions North West Ltd from 2011-2021 and previously was Head of HR in a large charity – responsible for all aspects of strategic and operational human resource management. Prior to this, he was responsible for a range of strategic HR development projects in a local authority with a workforce of more than 26,000 employees

HR Services

Dave has substantial experience providing all aspects of strategic and operational HR support.
This includes:
Employment contracts
Organisation restructures
Organisation change and cultural reviews
Redundancy programmes
Whistle blowing complaints
Race discrimination investigations
Competency frameworks
Performance management training
Project management, time management training
Diversity & Inclusion training
Absence management training
Trade union negotiations, harmonisation of terms & conditions
TUPE transfers
Designing absence management systems
Managing complex discipline and grievance investigations
Senior (board of director level) investigations
Disability discrimination investigations
Training needs analysis
Discipline & grievance training
Stress management training
Staff handbooks, HR policies and procedures
Coronavirus advice and guidance
GDPR compliance
Designing/implementing appraisal systems
Recruitment and onboarding
Chairing disciplinary and grievance hearings
Sex discrimination investigations
Harassment, bullying and discrimination complaints
Leadership & management training

Current Clients

Dave currently provides HR consultancy support to:

Airmatic (manufacturer) Bury
North West Housing Services
The Old Garden Care Home
Baltic Creative
MSB solicitors
Addleshaw Goddard solicitors
Tails in the City
Wilkinson Skips
The Anchorage Care Home
Order Yoyo
City Centre Containers Ltd
The Institute for Training and Organisational learning (ITOL)


Institute of Training and Occupational Learning

“Dave provides us with ongoing expert guidance and support on a range of complex HR issues. This has enabled us to concentrate on our successful development and growth. I cannot recommend him highly enough.”

Harry Bundred, Director

Muslim Enterprise Development Services

“We approached David James for professional support and advice in two separate instances as we do not have a HR Department of our own. He offered a service over and above what we have received from other experts and really went the extra mile to help us address the issues including offering “out of hours” support. In both cases, he advised us to implement a raft of measures which ensured we achieved the desired outcome for our organisation which was also beneficial for the employee, which is very seldom the case in these types of matters. Dave genuinely adds the human touch to an area which feels turgid, process driven and impersonal. We have used HR consultants and legal solicitors in the past but from our experience, no one can compare to Dave who is a consummate professional, with substantial knowledge and expertise in HR and the third sector and also a thoroughly approachable, considerate and understanding person. Lastly, but certainly not least, he offers the most affordable prices in the market. He comes with our very highest recommendation.”

Farhad Ahmed – Executive Director

Baltic Creative

“Dave has supported Baltic Creative CIC over the last 8 years. He has provided HR guidance and advice, governance and recruitment support, policy and procedural support and has been particularly important to our business providing Covid guidance on various government financial programmes including furlough. He has supported our MD and Board directly but has also supported the BC team with time management and stress related workshops and training. Dave is challenging but at the same time supportive, easy going and informed and has been a great help to our business as we have grown in recent years. We look forward to working with Dave into the future.”

Mark Lawler, Managing Director

Deaf Vision

“The consultant demonstrated extensive experience and knowledge of both the needs of deaf people and best practice in HR. He advised and supported us effectively on complex employment issues and provided quality, cost-effective consultancy support.”

John Brennan – Chief Officer

North West Housing Services

“We have received HR consultancy support for several strategic employment projects recently. All projects have been completed on time and to our satisfaction. The consultant has displayed knowledge and understanding of our needs and tailored their services to ensure positive outcomes have been achieved.”

Phil Earl – CEO

The Old Garden Nursing Home

“The consultant was likeable, honest, easy, very knowledgeable and professional.”

Denise Hart – Director

City Centre Containers Ltd

“We have received excellent guidance and professional HR support in a range of complex employment issues. Flexible and responsive support has enabled us to resolve issues quickly and efficiently.”

Tracy Lloyd – Finance Director

Diversity & Inclusion

Dave has a wealth of experience in this field, both in terms of knowledge of legislation and how to achieve inclusive workplace environments. He has a track record of success in promoting and achieving greater equality. His achievements include:

• setting up employment programmes for people with disabilities and from various BME communities

• advising Job Centre Plus on best practice in the recruitment of Deaf people

• achieving a profile of 50% disabled employees in the successful delivery of various services

In 2009, the pioneering work Dave achieved with Deaf people from different racial minority communities, received national recognition from the Equality & Human Rights Commission and the government. The success of the project resulted in a visit from the Director of the EHRC and Cabinet Minister visiting the project to evidence the unique achievements of this project, first hand.

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