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.
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.
Laura started with Gravitate on 29 February 2016. 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 an active 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.
Gillian joined Gravitate in November 2017. She has a passion for staff development and enjoys sorting out people issues. After competing her MSc in Human Resource Management from Napier University, Gillian gained her HR experience working in-house on a busy HR Operations team
Having worked as Training Manager at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce for several years she has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering training packages for SME’s. Gillian is a qualified DiSC practitioner which she uses as tool to develop leadership and optimise team performance. She is also an expert user on several e-learning platforms.
In her spare time Gillian enjoys running, learning guitar and spending time with her family.
Kelly joined Gravitate HR in December 2017 after 13 years of HR experience in the housing and education sectors as well as a year away from HR to work in mental health. Kelly has gained experience in a wide range of HR issues, giving her a strong base of HR knowledge. Kelly has immediately made herself a valuable member of the Gravitate team and she is looking forward to getting to know Gravitate’s clients, as well as expanding her knowledge of HR.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching football, crime drama, exploring new cities and the continued search for the world’s best veggie burger!