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David Wickes Bsc (Hons), FCIPD

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Chairman

• Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
• Politics (BA Hons), Southampton University

David has over 40 years’ experience in employment law working for blue chip companies such as British Leyland and GKN. After holding various HR positions and working his way up to Director of an Employment Law Consultancy, he founded the AP Partnership in 1986. David runs the AP Partnership and continues to advise clients.
 

david@appartnership.co.uk

Dr Adam Wickes Bsc (Hons), LLM, PhD, MCIPD

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Employment Law Consultant / CEO

• PhD in TUPE from Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge
• Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
• Masters’ degree in Employment Law, University of East Anglia (UEA)
• Biochemistry Degree (hons), Warwick University

Adam has consulted on all areas of employment law for over 13 years and been a Director of the AP Partnership Ltd for over a decade. 


He is one of the UK’s leading experts in TUPE, a specialist area of employment law focussed on when a business or undertaking (or part of one) is transferred to a new employer. Adam is the sole author of ‘The Concept of TUPE – Group Membership Theory (2021)’, which is the stand-alone book to conceptualise how TUPE operates on a philosophical and practical level. 


“I apply my knowledge of employment law to find creative solutions for clients, delivered in a concise and accessible format.”


adam@appartnership.co.uk

Karen Fitzsimmons LLM MCIPD

Employment Law Consultant / Director

• Masters’ Degree in Employment Law from the University of East Anglia
• Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

 

Karen has many years’ experience of hands-on HR in both the public and private sectors: namely, local government, distribution, and consultancy with particular expertise in sales and marketing management.

Karen’s career in consultancy spans over 20 years and she still gets great satisfaction from providing options and solutions to small businesses.  

“I use a combination of legal knowledge and practical HR experience to give clients the advice and support they need to get the best outcome for their company.” 

karen@appartnership.co.uk

Andrew Southwell BA (Hons), LLM

Employment Law Consultant

• Masters Degree in Employment Law, University of East Anglia
• Business Studies with HRM Degree, Edinburgh Napier Universit
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Andrew has significant experience working in Employment Law and Human Resources, providing advice and assistance and working in partnership with a variety of businesses and organisations, ranging from SME’s to multi-national corporations, along with defending and managing Employment Tribunal claims.
 

"I am well aware of the complexities that businesses face when managing employment relationships and provide pragmatic and commercial advice."

andrew@appartnership.co.uk

Lynne Hobden-Clarke

Employment Law Consultant

Lynne has spent her career developing teams in the public and private sector. She designed and delivered management development programmes for a variety of businesses and the NHS. She specialises in team building and problem solving days for senior staff. She also works with business owners to set strategic goals for companies and carry them out practically. Lynne is also the HR Director of a financial services group. Lynne has co-written and edited specialist textbooks covering aspects of HR and organisational management change within the NHS. Titles include: Conflict in General Practice and The Practice Managed.

lynne@appartnership.co.uk

Sean Cowley, GradIOSH

Health and Safety Consultant / Director 

• Graduate Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
• BTEC National Diploma in Engineering, North Devon College
• ISO 45001 lead auditor
• ISO 9001:2015 lead auditor

 

Sean’s first experience of health and safety was in the construction industry where he gained 13 years’ project management experience for nationally recognised home builders. Sean was responsible for the day to day running and Health and Safety requirements on multi-million pound housing developments. Sean joined The AP Partnership Ltd in May 2012 as a Health and Safety Consultant.

sean@appartnership.co.uk

John Burgess

Health and Safety Consultant

• Member of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM)

Associate Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)

• Technician Member of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH)

 

As a qualified Carpenter and Joiner John worked in the construction industry progressing to Site Manager including responsibility for health and environmental compliance on special works projects for public and private sector clients.  In the early 90s John moved to the UK's premier mechanical and electrical safety testing organisation spending 12 years as the Facilities and Health and Safety Manager. For the last 18 years John has worked as a Consultant within the health, safety and environmental consultancy sector applying his extensive knowledge and experience to assist a wide range of clients with regulatory compliance.  

johnb@appartnership.co.uk

Carol Darnell

HR & Development Consultant

• BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management, University of East London

 

Carol is adept at providing Interim HR and Learning and Development services at Head of Department Level.


Her expertise was gained initially at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a global professional services firm, where she was a Management Development specialist. She now runs her own consultancy and works with businesses large and small in all sectors.


Carol designs and delivers tailormade HR and development programmes. Her programmes allow organisations to enhance business in addition to team and individual performance.

carol@appartnership.co.uk