meet the team

Human Resources

Get to know our experts.


SafeWorkforce is built on the advice and support it offers businesses.

Central to this are our consultants, advisers and officers.

Melanie Darlington, HR Consultant - [email protected]

Melanie has over 20 years’ experience as an HR professional across a wide variety of sectors and joined SafeWorkforce in 2015.

“Working alongside clients and building great relationships and understanding of their needs is what I thrive on; this always leads to the best outcomes”.

Mel spends her free time with family and cockerpoo Billy. She loves to travel, live music, and read.

Anil Champaneri, HR Consultant - [email protected]

Anil has been with SafeWorkforce since 2000. He originally qualified as a commercial property solicitor before moving into employment law and then HR consultancy.

“My legal experience and knowledge of employee claims mean I can offer great insight into employment matters”.

Anil is a fitness fan enjoying Fortitude Fitness (outdoor army-based training) and strength sessions at the gym.

Marie-Clare Swallow, HR Consultant - [email protected]

Marie-Clare has been working in HR for over 30 years and has been with SafeWorkforce since 2012.

“I look to better understand your business objectives/challenges, ensuring effective people management and offering practical HR solutions”.

Marie-Clare goes to the gym, enjoys evenings with friends, and spends time at her property in Spain.

Sally Grundy, HR Consultant - [email protected]

Sally has over 30 years’ experience as an HR professional both in-house and as a consultant, joining us in 2011.

“I look to build a strong rapport with her clients actively supporting their HR management needs”.

In her free time, Sally plays for a local Crown Green Bowls team and enjoys walks with her dog and travelling.

Sophie Millington, HR Consultant - [email protected]

Sophie has a legal background and has been with SafeWorkforce since 2011 and worked in HR for 14 years, across both management and consultancy roles.

“I always look to make positive change within any business I am working with by understanding the challenges they face”.

Outside of work Sophie volunteers as a listener for Huddersfield Samaritans and enjoys running and reading.

Susan Barker, HR Consultant - [email protected]

Susan has been working in HR for over 30 years and has gained a wide variety of professional qualifications during this time.

“I love all aspects of HR, but my real passion is supporting businesses to manage mental health in the workplace”.

When not working Sue enjoys taking her dog for long walks with the family.

Tanya May, HR Consultant - [email protected]

Tanya has been working for Alcumus since 2021 bringing a 20-year wealth of experience with her.

“I have a strong employee relations background so this enables me to offer advice across the full spectrum of day-to-day issues facing business owners”.

Tanya loves spending time with friends and family and enjoys walks with her Romanian rescue puppy, Beverley.

Georgia Grundy, HR Advisor - [email protected]

Georgia has been with Alcumus since 2015 in a variety of HR roles. She is currently working towards her CIPD Level 5 Diploma.

“I enjoy helping clients with their HR queries and understanding the client’s businesses so I can provide advice that is tailored for them”.

Georgia enjoys spending time with her dog or attending concerts/festivals with her friends.

Katie Watkins, HR Advisor - [email protected]

Katie joined SafeWorkforce in 2022. She previously worked as a manager in a food retailer for 7 years giving her lots of practice experience in managing HR issues.

“I have a keen interest in helping managers improve employee engagement and ultimately improve workplace wellbeing”.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys watching music theatre shows, singing (badly!), and spending time with family and friends.

Thomas Dorey, HR Advisor - [email protected]

Tom has over 6 years of HR experience and joined SafeWorkforce in 2022. Tom has worked in a variety of HR generalist roles over this time.

“I work closely with businesses on a range of subject matters and employee relations issues”.

Tom likes to play board games with his friends and family and go away for short staycations.

Will Hunt, HR Advisor - [email protected]

Will joined us as an HR Advisor in 2022 having previously been an HR Officer in a manufacturing firm.

“Having worked in the manufacturing sector I understand first-hand the HR pressures this presents to business owners”.

In his spare time, Will loves running, reading, and playing basketball with his son.