Meet the team
At Nectar HR, we have an incredibly skilled team who are extremely passionate about providing the very best HR services & solutions.
We are all CIPD qualified and have a combined total of 50 years’ worth of HR experience across a wealth of different industries. We can provide our clients with a comprehensive HR service, a deep well of HR knowledge and expert advice in all areas of HR.
Sonia Rai, Founder and Managing Director
Sonia started Nectar HR initially in 2011 but took an 18-month break in 2014 due to personal circumstances. In 2016 Sonia relaunched Nectar HR and the business continues to go from strength to strength.
Sonia worked part-time in HR from 2000 whilst studying and graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2003 with a degree in Human Resources and Marketing. She went on to complete a Masters in Human Resources and Business from Aston University, obtaining CIPD accreditation in 2004.
Sonia has worked in some large corporate organisations and has a vast amount of experience from strategic and board level HR right down to understanding administrative HR processes. She has worked across a wide range of industries from banking and construction to health and social care and is an expert in regulated industries such as health care and education.
Sonia loves talking to new clients about their HR needs and ensuring that the Nectar HR team add value to our clients every step of the way. Sonia is very passionate about ‘doing HR properly’ and her pet hate is generic, off the shelf HR. Sonia also does not believe in lengthy contracts with our clients, instead offering flexible solutions that best meet the needs of our valued clients.
Laura Fox, HR Consultant
Laura joined the Nectar HR team in November 2019.
She graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2012 with a CIPD Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management.
Laura’s career has spanned a wide variety of industries, with her starting out in construction and expanding into manufacturing, rail and tramway, healthcare and education, and hospitality. Laura has worked both in the UK and in an international remit.
As our resident employee relations expert, Laura is particularly skilled at supporting clients with complex disciplinary and grievance cases. She also loves a good change management project, and enjoys getting her hands dirty with implementing HR policies and processes for new clients.
Carol Higgs, HR Consultant
Carol joined the Nectar HR team as a HR Consultant on a more permanent basis in July 2020 after working on an ad-hoc basis since 2017. Carol graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2003 with a degree in Business and HR Management and then further study at Stafford University with a CIPD level 7 post graduate qualification in 2014.
Carol has spent her entire career in the world of HR. Working around her family, Carol has worked in a variety of industries, including, retail, hospitality, estates management, health care, education, and logistics. Carol is somewhat of a CQC and OFSTED inspection specialist and has vast experience in supporting our clients in regulated industries through both small- and large-scale inspections.
As an HR Consultant Carol aids our clients with her methodical approach and expert knowledge in data analysis. Carol loves working with spreadsheets and is our resident expert when it comes to complex annual leave calculations or making sense of complex data such as sickness or retention stats – and she’s our go-to for a part-time holiday calculation!
Jasmin Uppal, HR Support
Jasmin joined Nectar HR in September 2020 to gain some HR entry-level experience while studying towards her MSc Human Resource Management (level 7 CIPD accredited) at Aston University.
Working as HR support initially, Jasmin supports in all areas of the employee life cycle. Jasmin is also experienced in HR administration duties, policy forming and working with HR generalist matters, which has helped her gain a well-rounded understanding of Human Resources.
Jasmin loves creating social media content and campaign material using Canva and she is also passionate about diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
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