Philippa Richards

Associate Director – People & Change

Always able to see the big picture, Pip is a commercially astute, strategic and progressive thinker with a proven track record in partnering and leadership roles within large organisations. Whilst her training and experience span the spectrum of the HR function, her specialism lies in learning and development. In particular, she is a gifted coach and mentor with a passion for unlocking potential and driving individual and organisational performance.

Her partnering style is very much centred around curiosity and alignment to wider business objectives. She is a natural relationship builder, who works hard to gain the trust of the people she works with, enabling effective support and challenge. Client-partners value her for her pragmatism and drive to understand the context of each specific situation and a results-driven approach that is never limited by policy, process and procedure.

As a skilled and qualified coach, Pip intuitively asks the questions which help unlock potential, constructing the platform on which to build success. She is committed to creating an environment where individuals and/or teams can fully understand their current reality, always helping them to find a way forward. She is a natural and engaging communicator, experienced in working with senior and exec leaders.

In speaking about her motivations for leaving the ‘safety’ of a corporate partnering role for consultancy, Pip said: “I first came across the Seymour John People and Change team as a client and instantly connected not only with them as people, but also with the way in which they worked. The team is committed to quality and has a real skill in getting to know the businesses with which they work. I am thrilled to now be a part of this team, where I hope to do the best and most meaningful work of my career.”Extraordinarily well qualified, into her fitness – especially running and cycling – Pip excels at anything she turns her hand to, which could be really irritating, if she wasn’t such a genuinely lovely person!! She loves to travel and socialise and is probably the world’s best ‘fun aunty’!

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Telephone: 07732 068624

Philippa Richards