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I’m Nicky, the owner of ‘Solely HR’. At the age of 21, I started my HR career. As a fresh graduate with a psychology based degree, I didn’t have a clear view on my career path! For those that knew me, I was described as a ‘people person’, so a local recruitment agency snapped me up suggesting I explore a career in ‘Personnel’ as it was fondly known back in 1997. Starting as a HR Administrator for a well known Insurance Company, this provided me with the solid foundations to kick start my HR career as they enrolled me on the CIPD and I achieved level 7 status.

In 1999 I joined a national telecoms company which was expanding in the Southwest of England. Progressing up the HR ranks, I was pivotal to growing the HR team and rolling out new HR processes and employee engagement activities, it was great experience.

In 2001, I fast tracked to being a HR Manager in a new manufacturing start up where the growth was exponential, moving from 8 to 200 employees in 18 months!

So, for the next 21 years I remained in various in house HRM roles managing my own HR teams as well as overseeing Payroll, OH, L&D and even EHS. During this time. I also spent 8 years on the other side of the fence, working for a successful recruitment organisation in Plymouth. Whilst for many years I’d been ‘the client’ to various Recruitment agencies, working within the industry gave me a greater insight into the recruitment world.

During this time, not only did I recruit HR professionals for our clients I acted as the HR point of contact for our South West Businesses. Developing a real love for recruiting HR professionals and passion for talking ‘everything HR’, I also discovered a distinct lack of HR Specialist Recruitment in the SW and so Solely HR was born in 2023.

Outside of work, I am a Mum to young Jaxon and crazy Ted (cockapoo) and ‘soon to be wife’ to Darren! The SW offers our family all that we need, the fresh air, crisp waves and Cornish Cream Teas. Travelling around in our motorhome is our favourite past time, exploring Cornwall and Europe. I look forward to speaking to you, but if you value your time don’t get me onto the subject of travelling !