We don’t think there’s any room for mechanical ways of working. So we don’t employ script-readers, box-tickers or automatons. We have a team of experts.
There’s no good shouting about being different or claiming to have a different approach without actually standing out from the crowd. But we do stand out – with an approach that relies on both personality and ability.
We work hard to develop strong, long-lasting relationships with our clients. It’s not just about being friendly (though it helps). It’s about getting to know business needs and strategic goals. That starts on a personal level, with the kind of people you want to do business with. So our team offers more than understanding and insight – they’re also big on personality.
Our Team members
With more than 25 years’ experience in HR, Margery is a true industry leader in Scotland. Yet having pursued food science at first, it wasn’t always her ambition. Instead, she found her passion for Human Resources in her first role, with John Lewis in a graduate trainee programme. A series of HR positions in the retail sector followed, before she moved in consultancy work and, in 2006, established Gravitate.
As a hands-on owner and Managing Director, Margery plays an active role in the day-to-day delivery of our services – spending just as much time directly supporting our clients as she does leading the team.
Not content with leading a successful business, she’s also done well at the head of a thriving family – having raised three kids. Having discovered a real passion for fitness, she has a triathlon under her belt, and has just returned from scaling Machu Picchu!
Neil’s first steps in HR came in an in-house role with a major engineering firm in the west of Scotland. When he moved through to Edinburgh in 2011, he managed to combine academic and professional progress – by starting a job at Gravitate and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management at around the same time.
After 4.5 years in the Edinburgh office, Neil moved to Glasgow in May 2016 to set up Gravitate HR's office in the West of Scotland. This has provided a closer presence to our existing clients in the region as well as allowing Neil the opportunity to focus on expanding the client base in Glasgow.
Beyond HR, Neil’s passion lies on the football pitch. While Scotland may never win the world cup, it’s not going to stop him watching every match (presumably with his fingers firmly crossed).
Umar joined Gravitate HR as an HR Assistant in summer 2015 with a keen interest in fostering a successful career in HR. Having completed an under-graduate degree in Law, Umar signed up for the part time Masters in Human Resources then set about obtaining a role which would complement his studies and ambitions. With a background in recruitment and having worked as Manager of a Community Centre, Umar has a good base of experience which he has already turned to using with Gravitate HR’s clients.
Away from the office, Umar’s passion lies on the cricket pitch and behind the wheel of a BMW (in his head). An ambition as a youngster to become Michael Jackson never came to fruition – in hindsight probably for the best. Umar is now only months away from obtaining his Masters degree!
Seeking to pursue a more HR-focused career, Cameron joined Gravitate HR in August 2016 as an HR Assistant as well as returning to Strathclyde to study for a Masters degree in Human Resources. Using this base of HR knowledge, Cameron has fitted in well to the Gravitate team and is thoroughly enjoying the challenge of expanding the business in Glasgow.
In his leisure time, Cameron is a big sports fan and avidly follows Football, Tennis, and American Football. Although his professional football career never took off, Cameron is looking forward to furthering his career in HR, and obtaining his Masters degree and CIPD membership.
Jessica joined Gravitate HR in the summer of 2015 as an HR Account Manager and has since become the Head of Client Services in Edinburgh. Prior to joining Gravitate HR, she worked at IndigoVision where she managed the in-house HR function. This included international employment law, global recruitment strategy, as well as the day to day running of HR business support and management. This experience enables Jessica to work well with organisations that have ties outside of the UK. She holds a BA in Political Science from St Joseph’s University and an MSc in Nationalism Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Jessica is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
In her free time, Jessica and her family can be found running around the Edinburgh Zoo, exploring a gallery or playing softball. She’s a huge fan of American football and passionately supports the Philadelphia Eagles – fly Eagles fly!
Laura started with Gravitate on 29 February 2016 and is already looking forward to her first anniversary in 4 years’ time. Laura completed her Masters in HR in 2010 and has since then worked in an advisory capacity across public, charity, education and private sectors in London. This has given Laura a solid understanding of different business needs for an effective customer focused HR service.
Laura enjoys and aims to deliver a consistently high level of service and is motivated by the relationships she builds at work. Laura is passionate about her own professional development and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Outside of work you can find Laura at Murrayfield, cheering on Edinburgh rugby team or on a mountain, climbing in the Summer, or snowboarding in the Winter.
Sara joined Gravitate as an HR Account Manager in February 2016 and very quickly established herself with clients and the Gravitate HR team. Before joining Gravitate, Sara provided in-house HR support, advice and guidance within the financial, manufacturing and care sectors.
The experience she has gained over the last 15 years working in varies industries allows Sara to be able to advise on a wide range of areas. Sara believes that building good relationships is key within the workplace, and at Gravitate HR, this is a fundamental in what we do day-to-day. Sara is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.
Outside of work, Sara enjoys travelling and trying new cuisines while on city breaks in the UK and Europe.