Euan has over 15 years’ experience in industrial and employee relations, and the wider HR generalist portfolio gained in the banking and finance; insurance, professional services and technology sectors. His main area of interest and expertise is in employee relations, having led major change initiatives in both unionised and non-unionised environments including:
- TUPE transfers in the legal sector following the combination of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP with Chadbourne & Parke (London) LLP.
- TUPE transfers, including second generation transfers, in the banking sector which included the creation of a new legal entity and employer to which employees were transferred. This particular project was aimed at simplifying the facilities management structure at HSBC with a cost-saving estimate in excess of £10m across the project timetable.
- End-to-end management of redundancy programmes at HSBC Bank UK, Lloyd’s of London and, at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, simultaneous TUPE and redundancy consultation.
During such projects, Euan ensures that a clear timetable is established within which:
- Employee representatives are identified if required, and appropriate training is delivered.
- Necessary employee due diligence is undertaken.
- Appropriate correspondence, FAQs and consultation materials are in place.
- Employer representatives are trained in order to ensure effective and meaningful consultation.
Alongside compliance with the legal requirements and directly supporting consultation, Euan is equally focussed on the people impacts of organisational change initiatives so that even in difficult circumstances, employee engagement and the employer’s reputation is at the forefront.
In addition to change management, Euan has a great deal of experience in drafting and updating employment policies and handbooks. For example, he researched, drafted and launched Norton Rose Fulbright’s Shared Parental Leave policy and undertook a full review of Dyson’s UK employee handbook in order to embed best practice and recommend areas for improvement to support their “employer of choice” aspirations.
Euan has undertaken many investigations into serious allegations of wrongdoing, in particular, bullying, harassment and discrimination. His focus is getting down to a level of detail that could be described as “fly on the wall” in order that employers can make decisions in the knowledge they have the facts at hand. Whilst at HSBC, Euan was one of only two trainers in the UK who undertook training and accreditation of others in this sensitive area, and he has trained a number of HR and senior management colleagues since.
In addition to investigations training, Euan really enjoys training others and has developed a Fundamentals of People Management workshop that helps new people managers in particular in dealing with absence management; disciplinary and grievance matters and performance management. Euan uses first-hand scenarios, both as an employee relations specialist and line manager, and is always keen to adapt learning to individual organisation’s policies and procedures or even to create bespoke employee relations or HR training. Euan has also delivered a number of Unconscious Bias training sessions.
In his role at Dyson, whilst creating a new employee relations team, Euan acted as consultant to the HR function in employee relations casework matters often dealing with complex and high profile matters as well as potential, or actual, litigants. Euan has a wealth of knowledge in this area including dealing with exits on a “without prejudice” basis and drafting and negotiating Settlement Agreements.
Euan has mentored a number of junior colleagues over the years, often to support them in their promotion aspirations. As Head of Human Resources, where he led a team of 14 people across two locations, he put a great deal emphasis on supporting team members’ promotions and wider professional development.
Euan is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and has a post-graduate qualification in Leadership & Management from Greenwich University.