John Peel LLB (Hons)

Managing Director & Senior Advocate

Having worked in the industry for over 15 years for large organisations, John identified a gap in the market to offer a service that was more personal and bespoke.

“We pride ourselves on delivering a first class service by building strong working relationships with our clients, taking the time to get to know each business and going above and beyond expectations.”

As well as being Managing Director, John is involved with day to day running of the business and is Elcons’ Senior Advocate representing the majority of clients at Tribunal, having an outstanding success rate.

Johanna McMillan-Peel Graduate CIPD

Director of Operations

Johanna is a qualified Human Resources practitioner and has over 16 years’ experience working within the Human Resources Management and Employment Law field.

As well her acumen as an experienced trainer in employment law and best practice management, Johanna also specialises in the legal documentation side. Johanna is responsible for creating bespoke contracts of employment, employee handbooks, service contracts and casual letters for seasonal workers, all tailored to the specific needs of clients.

“I work closely with businesses, helping and advising employers on their legal obligations to ensure they have the correct employment documents in place. My aim is to take away what can be a very time consuming task so companies run smoothly and effectively.”

Sarah Robinson BA (Hons)

Business Development Manager

Sarah’s role involves meeting businesses to introduce the services of Elcons and highlight the many ways in which we differ from our competitors.

“My aim is to gain a good understanding of each business’s needs and prepare a bespoke proposal tailored specifically for them.  Our non- intrusive approach enables us to conduct informal and open discussions with businesses to gain a true and full understanding of what they require.”

Sarah has worked for Elcons for over 6 years and has experience establishing contracts with companies of all different sizes and industry sectors.

Debra Bowd

Lead Strategic Consultant

Debra joined Elcons as an Employment Law Advisor in May 2015 following over 7 years in an Employment Law/HR advisory capacity within a great variety of companies in the care, security, and manufacturing sector.

Prior to this she ran her own company for 11years. Debra has a wealth of experience in all areas of employment law and has assisted micro businesses up to blue chip companies with their HR issues. Her career has also involved personally managing employees, strategic change and research.

“As a robust and strategic advisor, I listen carefully to my Client’s needs to ensure I have all the facts before giving them all the options to reach an outcome which suits their company’s needs.”

Dave Anderton

Lead Consultant – Industrial and Unionised Environments

Dave is a time served engineer with over 25 years’ experience of supervising and decision making in small to medium engineering companies.  For the past 16 years, he has been an Employment Law Consultant, the last 10 working as a Senior Employment Law Consultant.

“I listen intently to the client problem and then give sound, practical, pragmatic advice to resolve that particular issue.  If there are options with my advice, I clearly state what the options are and ask the client what they wish to attain and which option they wish to use.  My advice is aimed at trying to resolve issues in the shortest possible time to allow the client business to move forward.”

Terri Malone

Lead Consultant North East

Terri has over 25 years in Human Resource Management and Employment Law and currently heads up our North East operation.
Working in a Field HR role within the food retail sector for many years, she has vast experience with disciplinary, grievance procedures, TUPE, redundancy, and employee and union relations.

Terri has worked in a field consultancy role for the last 15 years and has been with ELCONS for almost 4 years.

Terri is the first point of contact for prospective clients in the North East and surrounding areas. In addition to introducing the prospective client to Elcons and the services we provide, during the meeting she is also able to offer advice and guidance on any staff issues the client may have.

“When a company opts to come on board with us, I work closely with the client to provide bespoke employment documentation, and assist with the issuing of the documents to their employees through to review visits and follow up visit. I am always available to visit the client upon their request at any time”.

Emma Baker

Lead HR and Organisation/Workforce Development Consultant

Emma has over 12 years’ operational and strategic HR experience.  Previously a lecturer for the CIPD and currently a West Yorkshire CIPD committee member, Emma is coherent with best practice methodologies.  Her genuine interest in people mixed with commercial business acumen allows a logical application of employment law.

“Having worked at Elcons for over a year now I can hand on heart say as a practitioner, had I have been aware on alternatives to using solicitors practices and the excellent quality of service offered local by Elcons I would have most definitely engaged with the services of Elcons.”

Donna Sidebottom

Lead Legal Consultant

As well as successfully completing the Legal Practice Course (LPC), Donna has worked within the legal field for 8 years. She has experience working within in-house legal departments for international companies, as well as for Solicitors and Employment Law Consultancies, and currently provides advice to a wide range of clients from SME’s to high profile international clients.

Donna also has vast experience in negotiating settlements, preliminary hearings and representation in Employment Tribunal.

“I feel it is important to look at the legal aspect of any client query but it is equally important to give tailored commercial advice depending on the needs of the client business”

Terrie Sykes

Employment Law Advisor

Terrie joined Elcons in March 2017 and has over 16 years retail management experience, having honed her experience and skill set working for a large well-known organisation.

Her exceptional skills include Employee Relations – ensuring that all issues were dealt with efficiently, change management – supporting managers and staff through changing business needs, restructure including redundancies and identifying alternative roles and learning and development – by supporting managers to deliver constructive 121 meetings, appraisals and training to ensure employees develop and understand the company expectations.

“As a HR professional, I enjoy advising our clients and offering them sound solutions to any HR issues and to be here to support them at the end of a telephone or face to face if the situation warrants it”.

Catherine Marshall

Employment Law Advisor

Coming from a FTSE 100 Multi National Company, Catherine is relatively new the HR community with 4 years’ experience working within a HR Role. Having achieved her CIPD Associate status and qualification in Personnel Development, Catherine continues to develop herself and is continuing to study to gain her Diploma CIPD in Personnel Management and Business Strategy.

“I have worked at Elcons since January 2017 and I love it! Some of you may know however, I been here much longer. I first started working at Elcons 2 years ago on a voluntary basis in order to gain experience and achieve my qualifications alongside my role as HR Manager for a communications company.

“Getting HR matters right from the beginning is essential. My role is varied and demanding, every day is different. Elcons provide bespoke Employment Law packages to suit every company within every sector. I couldn’t think of a more knowledgeable, professional and friendly set of people I would want to work with. Make our team, your team”!