Our Experience

Lisa Thomson, the CEO of Purpose HR, is experienced in establishing HR functions and people management and development frameworks within high-growth, entrepreneurial technology companies. She is also an alumni of the Entrepreneurial Scotland Saltire Fellowship programme, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a qualified Executive business coach.

Lisa supports business leaders and managers with fast-paced changing environments, business growth and the associated people and organisational challenges. As a business coach, Lisa specialises in working with technical, creative and entrepreneurial people supporting their personal and soft skills development. This is balanced with a pragmatic and highly commercial approach developed through specialising in SME and start up environments.

Lisa’s early career professional experience included working in a global semiconductor engineering business post-IPO with c.500 staff, a family-owned global helpdesk software technology company with 250 staff, and supporting the growth and organisational development of a healthcare technology and services company from inception to post-investment commercialisation. She has gained an in depth understanding of the people, leadership and organisational development challenges of growing and scaling a commercial business. Since founding Purpose in 2014, she has developed relationships and provided high quality HR consultancy support to founders, investors and executives across our client base.

“I’ve worked with Lisa in two separate organisations now and have always found her to be extremely helpful and supportive. She has a detailed knowledge of all HR related matters and can be relied upon to provide excellent advice.” Robert Bryce, Head of Professional Services, Aridhia Informatics

Lisa is a Chartered member of the CIPD and holds an Executive Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from the Edinburgh Coaching Academy, working towards an ILM (Institute of Leadership & Coaching) level 7 professional coaching accreditation.

As Director for Scotland for Startup Grind, Lisa also runs monthly networking events for entrepreneurs and founders across Scotland. Lisa also has volunteering experience working with a Kenyan social enterprise and acting as a hands-on Board member of an advocacy services charity. Lisa is a 2014/15 Saltire Fellow with Entrepreneurial Scotland, an international programme aimed at developing entrepreneurial, globally minded, business leaders for Scottish businesses, which blends teaching at the world’s #1 ranked business school for entrepreneurship (Babson College, Boston) with hands on experience at both major global companies and Scottish high growth companies. In March 2015 Lisa was honoured to be invited to be one of 5 founding members of the Entrepreneurial Scotland Future Leaders network and to speak at the launch event held at Edinburgh Castle.

For full details of work history, education and professional experience please visit Lisa’s LinkedIn profile.

Victoria Lees, Associate, is a highly experienced and commercial HR professional, with a passion for delivering results and a pragmatic business led approach. In addition to her commercial HR experience, which includes managing through an MBO and also delivering results in the fast-paced media sector, Victoria was brought up in an entrepreneurial environment with a thriving family business at its heart.  Having lived in 3 continents, Victoria is well versed in working across diverse cultures, timelines and to tight timescales.   Victoria is adept at problem solving, and while entirely results driven, has the integrity and tenacity required to manage through challenging situations and get the best from people.

Victoria holds a BA Hons in HRM (2000) and is a member of the CIPD.   Although Victoria has broad generalist experience touching all aspects of the HR spectrum, special interests include integration of HR strategy with business goals, talent management, change management, communications, employer branding, and cultural development.  Victoria was Head of HR for Hawksmere Ltd during a successful MBO which took the business to sale in 2008.  Hawksmere was one of the UK’s leading legal, financial and professional training and events businesses. The business was backed by ISIS Equity Partners and was sold in a trade sale to The Washington Post Group/Kaplan in 2008 – generating a 2.5x multiple for ISIS & significant returns.  Victoria worked in partnership with the management team, the non exec chairman, interim MD and investors to deliver and implement a results orientated compliant HR framework and manage the large scale cultural change required to achieve business turnaround.

“Victoria was a hugely professional, strategic HR Director for IQPC. She carefully navigated numerous challenges and changes within the business, provided great counsel when requested and helped lay the foundations of many HR and skill development approaches and practices which still exist within IQPC today. Victoria was great fun to work with and consistently struck the right balance in protecting both employees and the company’s interests and complimenting our business culture throughout.” Joby Turner, Managing Director, IQPC UK

Victoria went on to become Group HR Director and subsequently Head of Talent Management for Penton Learning Systems, LLC, which owns Worldwide Business Research http://www.wbresearch.com  and the International Quality & Productivity Centre http://www.iqpc.com. Working in partnership with the CEO, Group FD, and Global Senior Team, Victoria developed and delivered a results focused HR strategy that delivered significant cost savings, improved engagement, improved market presence and increased productivity.

Our Partners

Purpose HR have also built key relationships with a small number of carefully selected partners and associates to broaden our range of expertise and service offerings available to clients. These include Executive Search partners and technical recruitment experts in IT, Life Sciences and Engineering.

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Complete Resourcing are a consultancy that specialise in building exciting start-ups and high-growth businesses.

They offer a range of people-based services including management assessment, organisational design, executive and non-executive recruitment, and operational and commercial recruitment.

Having worked with investor-backed businesses for over twenty years, Complete Resourcing understand the nuances of working within high-growth companies, and the types of individuals that will thrive within these.

Complete Resourcing offer executive and non-executive recruitment. Through gaining a detailed understanding of a business’s market, situation and ambitions, Complete Resourcing use their tailored search methodology to source individuals who can add real value to the business. Their thorough qualification process ensures that only the most suitable candidates are put forward.

Rapid growth can also put a strain on a company’s organisational design, and result in confusion within roles, a lack of co-ordination and slow decision-making. However, traditional business models may not be suitable at a time when agility and flexible decision-making are needed. Complete Resourcing’s Organisation Design and Management Assessment services analyse the people within an organisation and how they work together, and uses this to promote a team environment geared for optimum performance.

Complete Resourcing have a unique understanding of start-up businesses, and use this to help investor-backed companies develop, grow, retain and manage world-class teams, and ensure that they have the right people in place for accelerated growth and business success.