Georgina Read

Director & Co-Founder

hr consultant

Why I do my job

I’m passionate about the world of small businesses, I grew up in one (it’s in my blood!), so despite spending nearly 10 years in the corporate world, my decision in 2009 to ‘jump ship’ into the scary world of business start ups was a risk I always wanted to take.  Five years on and no regrets, I get huge satisfaction from helping business owners get the best from their staff and making tough decisions a little easier.  Working with people is unpredictable, no two days are the same, this along side working with so many diverse and fascinating companies has made the last 8 years of running a business fly by.  

What I did before

After graduating in HR Management at Plymouth Uni, I moved to London town and spent a fantastic few years with Camden Primary Care Trust, in this fast paced, diverse, unionised environment I quickly learnt how best to handle complex casework and coach managers in getting the best from their teams.  I then went on to work with a fantastic charity to support a merger of Malcolm Sargent and Clic to form CLIC Sargent.  Before setting up the HR Consultancy with Kirsty I enjoyed a few years as a HR Manager with NHS Blood and Transplant working in the blood manufacturing Directorate, supporting the transition of 3 blood processing centres across the south west in to a new world class production centre in Bristol.  I have worked with some inspiring leaders in the healthcare sector and I’ve been fortunate enough to build on this experience over the last 10 years working with  small and medium size businesses across Gloucestershire and Bristol.  

What keeps me going when things get tough

My good friend and business partner keeps me sane when the unimaginable happens – something that’s carried through since our uni days! We have grown a fantastic team of working mums, who support each other through highs and lows.  10 years on and no regrets!  My two little boys makes me laugh every day, and my husband is the most amazing cook, good food and wine is always important!  I find a fast game of tennis, or swim is a great tension release and if a rare opportunity arises when no one is around, I’ll knock out a few tunes on the piano (Les Dawson style!).
I have found Georgina to be personable, kind and understanding in helping us through some challenging times within our family business with a relatively small workforce. I know that within Agriculture using an HR company is not the norm but I have learnt an enormous amount and put procedures in place that will ultimately protect us and our employees for the future.

Kathryn Catto, R N & M Lawton Farm