What Our Clients Say

We’ve been lucky to work with many wonderful people over the years, below is a collection of what their feedback, to pause the carousel, hover over the testimonial.
  • “I worked with Julie for a period of 6 years, both of us as senior managers for 1 Life Management Solutions Ltd. Both roles were demanding in what was an ever changing and progressive business.

    As Head of Finance, I worked with Julie on a day to day basis and on key projects with Julie in the role of Head of HR. Our roles needed to work together often for positive outcomes for the business. Julie has the fairly unique ability for an HR professional in that at all times she prioritises the needs of the business but manages this in a supportive and understanding way for the teams involved.

    She has an amazing amount of drive and energy that she brings to her role, sees the bigger picture but understands the individual in it all. Julie seeks advice when necessary but has a strong commercial outlook, is not afraid of making difficult decisions that often come with this role but demonstrates empathy that brings people with her. Julie supports her colleagues around her, and is key to decision making as sees the wider view. Her professionalism and knowledge in the HR area supports all management decisions.”

    Sue Jones

  • “I have worked with Julie on many occasions in the leisure sector and I have found her HR knowledge and advice to be invaluable in recruiting and managing people and HR processes.

    It is often difficult to obtain unequivocal HR advice without caveats, but Julie always sets out a clear and simple proposed course of action after listening fully to the requirements of each situation.

    Her advice and guidance has always been fair and reasonable to all parties concerned, with the facts clearly and fully investigated and challenged appropriately. She has always been keen to obtain a full insight into any HR actions.

    Information is always provided in good time and is fully explained. Julie also personally attends any meetings as required.

    She is a pleasure to work with and is always available at the end of a phone. Julie’s  advice is reassuringly independent to our needs and not a corporate mantra!”

      I would have no hesitation in recommending Julie and People Connect to any future client. 


    Russell Wood
    Director Waypoint Leisure Limited

  • “I worked with Julie for many years during her time as Head of HR for 1Life Management Services, a multi-site operator of local authority leisure facilities in the UK.

    At all times Julie demonstrated an excellent knowledge and understanding of all HR matters, as well as possessing the necessary ‘hands on’ experience to be able to develop new HR strategies and successfully manage and implement changes as and when required within the business. In particular the business went through a considerable period of re-organisation and change in its partnership with Leisure in the Community (LITC) which involved the transfer of over 2000 staff under TUPE Regulations to LITC, which was all overseen and managed by Julie.

    Julie is very professional in her approach and possess excellent knowledge and experience in supporting businesses operating within the Local Authority and Voluntary / Charitable sectors as well as within the wider Leisure Sector and I would highly recommend her services”

    Chris Reeves
    Leisure in the Community Limited

  • “Julie is a knowledgeable and skilled HR professional who was a pleasure to work with during her consultancy period with Premier Global. She provided valuable support in relation to both day to day HR matters as well as structural change.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Julie as someone who is professional, knowledgeable and who can support managers and senior teams with their diverse range of HR requirements”

    Jenny Patrickson
    Managing Director at Active IQ

  • “I had the pleasure of working with Julie through a period of significant change at Aston Barclay. Her grasp of the commercial imperative balanced with a strong technical knowledge and a genuine interest in people delivered very effective results. Julie’s willingness to be involved at the grass roots of a business whilst still driving the strategic direction makes her a real asset to the business. I would have no hesitation in working with her again or recommending her and People Connect to a business looking for a value-add HR professional.”

    John Crichton
    Chief Finance and Commercial Director

  • “Working as a Senior Director in a wide range of roles from business development, client liaison and facility management, I have had the opportunity to work with Julie for the last five years during our time at 1 life . Her HR expertise, skills and experience have been invaluable whether we have been engaged in complex projects such as the retro fitting of new legal frameworks into existing contract structures or day to day personnel issues and challenges.
    Specific projects that Julie has successfully completed include:

    New business projects – TUPE in of team members and seamless onboarding into the organisation

    Root and branch restructuring of organisations

    Staff training and development

    Achievement of Investors in People accreditation

    Demobilising of contracts and TUPE out of team members

    Recruitment and selection of senior team members

    Due to her extensive experience Julie has a unique ability to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, therefore removing / minimising any associated risk of legal challenge to the employer, whilst at the same time ensuring solutions to any HR issues and challenges are delivered in the most cost efficient and effective way possible. An ability and balance that many HR providers fail to achieve.
    Julie’s supportive, proactive and bespoke solution focused methodology ensures, without fail the HR goals of any project are realised on time and on budget.
    In these challenging and volatile times Julie is ideally placed to guide any business through the many HR minefields and potential hazards to ensure your company is best placed to prosper in the short, medium and long term.”

    Tom Harrison
    Senior Director

  • “We at Paul Jolley Associates recently recognised we had to change the staffing structure in our business. We commissioned People Connect Consultancy to manage this challenging and sensitive change with us.

    I had worked with Julie previously in my role as Operations Controller of a major fashion chain where she was the Director of Human Resources. Julie was pivotal in the success of the business then . A key strategic thinker, a strong people person, with a wealth of employment law knowledge. This was used daily to support a constant change culture, which was typical of the trading market we were in and needed stay ahead of.

    Watching Julie’s career continue to successfully develop, it was inevitable she would move into consultancy and not at all surprising. This was key in our business decision at Paul Jolley Associates in commissioning her to work with ourselves.
    Julie planned every aspect of our requirements. Completing this with meticulous detail, consulting openly with us and the staff involved.  Making clear the reasoning behind our business decision, she was fair, very concise and made sense of the process. Her vast experience gave us the insight in what to expect and helped us manage the changes, obviously with an understandable heavy heart, but with a fair and confident approach.

    Julie was so professional, totally approachable to all parties involved, adopted a clear, but very fair set of guidelines with responsibilities to follow.

    Julie also determined with us our future staffing requirements, templated the Job Descriptions, skill set required and advised us of the market salary expectations.

    We have reflected in the business recently and we know we would not have achieved the outcome the business needed to go forward without Julie’s input.

    We would have no hesitation in recommending Julie to the valued clients we work with.”

    Bob Jordan
    Operations Director
    Paul Jolley Associates

  • “Julie provided Senior HR consultancy to Aston Barclay for a couple of years prior to me joining, and I believe it was her support that likely made the business understand the value HR can add at Senior Management level, hence the decision to bring a permanent HRD role into the structure. She provided exceptional support to the leadership team and myself through a period of change and I have continued to use Julie and People Connect on a consultancy basis since. Julie implemented a robust benefits structure which developed a culture of reward and recognition . With a supportive but commercial approach Julie is able to offer great advice to business from all sectors on all employee matters . “

    Stephanie Grace
    HR Director
    Aston Barclay

  • “Julie Chappell comes with a wealth of experience in local authority leisure and has an in-depth knowledge of the issues and challenges facing Operators, she quickly becomes embedded into any Team, creating real value.

    Julie provides a positive and pragmatic approach and I would have no hesitation in recommending Julie and  People Connect.

    Sarah Watts
    CEO Alliance Leisure

  • “I have known Julie for 10 years and during that time has she worked for me in a number of key HR and commercial roles . In that time, I observed that it is rare to meet someone as organised and calm as Julie . Nothing seems to faze her, no matter how frantic the rest of the office becomes . She has a strong work ethic and tackles every task with positivity and a smile.

    Key to a lot of Julie’s success has been her ability to put people at the centre of business whilst understanding its commercial needs . To this end I would have no hesitation in recommending Julie and People Connect to any business seeking to enhance and strengthen their HR function.”

    Jon Dyson
    Managing Director
    OBL Group

Company Info

Friendly, professional and with a ‘hands on’ approach to dealing with HR needs and requirements.

We specialise in Public and Private Leisure Sectors and Retail.

T: 07778 060096

To contact us please use our contact form

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Company number: 5941563

PeopleConnect is the trading name of JMAK solutions Ltd

Reg office Richmond House , Walkern Road Stevenage , SG1 3QP

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