My HR team

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The HR team is here to support the delivery of the council plan objectives by ensuring that we have the right people, in the right job with the right skills.

We do this by offering you a wide range of services to support the organisation in delivering its priorities.

As part of our commitment to the service that we provide we have developed service level agreements that we work towards to ensure the best service for our staff. Our Service level agreements and a copy of our Business Unit plan can be found below.

Who should I speak to?

Providing a service Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm and Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

If you have a query then please contact one of the team from the list below or alternatively, come and visit us on the ground floor of Deanes.

Head of HR and Organisational Development

Shella Smith

Leads the team and provides strategic advice to the organisation on all staff management issues. Ensures that a comprehensive and professional HR service is delivered throughout the council.

Telephone: 01256 845549


Rob Crawford - Senior Payroll Officer

Responsible for payroll service to all employees and councillors, administers the salary sacrifice schemes for cars, bicycles and childcare vouchers and also maintaining the lease and pool cars.
Telephone: 01256 845516

HR Services - HR Business Partnering and HR Administration

We are your forward thinking Human Resources service, making sure we are enabling and supporting our customers on all aspects of people management, engaging with the workforce, supporting them with change and performance management. Being the first point of contact of the employment cycle, from recruitment queries to contract variations, holiday calculations through to leaving your job, we are here to guide you through your journey at BDBC and support you in looking after your wellbeing.

Lead HR Business Partner

Claire Bignold - Lead HR Business Partner
Telephone: 01256 845386

HR Business Partner

Louise Stoner – HR Business Partner
Telephone: 01256 845776

Suna Reynolds – HR Business Partner
Telephone: 01256 845519

HR Officer

Rachael Hopkins – HR Officer - involved in a range of HR projects, supporting the HR team
Telephone: 01256 845215

Senior HR Administrator

Stacy Crutchlow - Senior HR Administrator
Telephone: 01256 845601

HR Administrator

Margaret Collyer - HR Administrator
Telephone: 01256 845798

Jade Watts - HR Administrator
Telephone: 01256 845218

HR Apprentice

Ben Straffon - HR Apprentice
Telephone: 01256 845628

Organisational Development

Organisational development is about encouraging changes in our culture, our processes, and in the way we do things. It is about making sure we have the systems, people, skills, behaviours and capacity we need so that we are as effective as possible and able to meet the challenges we face in the future.

Contact the Organisational Development team about culture change, change management, organisational improvement and learning and development.

Organisational Development Manager

Janice Brill - Organisational Development Manager
Telephone: 01256 845626

Learning and Development Coordinator

Nici Bancroft - Learning and Development Coordinator
Telephone: 01256 845609

Health and Safety

Providing corporate health and safety advice to support and protect all employees and councillors.

Corporate Health and Safety Advisor

Paul Beaumont - Corporate Health and Safety Advisor
Telephone: 01256 845263
Working days: Half day Wednesday and all day Thursday and Friday

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Contact details

Human Resources team


Telephone: 01256 845584


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