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HR Consultant and Employment Expert Witness Alison Christiansen

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Alison Christiansen

HR Consultant & Employment Expert Witness

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Alison Christiansen
HR Consultant & Expert Witness



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BSc Hons, Business Administration
Institute of Banking – Part 1 Examinations


Professional Bodies:

Chartered Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)


Career History:



2012 - date

GMR Consulting, UK and USA

HR Consultant and Expert Witness

Provide International HR consulting services to all business sectors.

Accept instructions from lawyers acting for both Plaintiffs / Claimants and Defendants to provide employment expert witness services in connection with personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial and employment litigation.


2008 - date 

Self-Employed HR Consultant

HR Consultant providing fully bespoke HR services tailored to client needs. Deliver strategic and tactical initiatives across a range of private and public business sectors.

Experienced in recruitment and internal promotion assessments; evaluation, design and implementation of performance management processes; creating frameworks to measure performance and talent; team restructuring and designing benefits review projects to deliver competitive reward packages aligned to business strategies.


2004 - 2008

Morley Fund Management, UK 
Senior HR Business Partner and Head of HR Services

Led a divisional team of 130 in partnership with a Board Director to recruit top talent from across Europe, then coached and strengthened the leadership team. Accountable for the development and management of the HR team to ensure support to entire organisation and drive business performance. Responsibility for continued development of HR relationship with wider Group by representation at Aviva Group HR Boards.


2000 - 2003

Citigroup Private Bank, Switzerland

     (2001 - 2003)

Head of HR

     (2001 - 2000)

Vice President - HR 

Led a team of 20 ensuring timely delivery of high quality HR solutions to drive and support the business performance.

Ensured compliance with legal and regulatory framework. Global responsibility for development and delivery of a new compensation model to reflect business strategy and growth plans and implemented a new Swiss pension and benefits plan. Successfully managed a business group liquidation.

Acted as a business partner on operational and strategic issues.


1997 - 2000

Merrill Lynch Mercury Asset Management, UK

Associate Director - HR, UK Equities

Led integration projects following the business acquisition and merger and responsible for implementation of the divisional HR strategy. Simplified and executed a training and development programme for Fund Managers. Launched and project managed a competency based performance management system.


1994 - 1997

Marks & Spencer PLC, UK
Merchandiser, Head Office
Personnel Manager, Head Office and Stores

Responsible for leading and motivating Head Office and in-store HR teams, to manage manpower resources which reflected commercial and operational needs. Successfully managed an annual salary budget of £30m, controlling costs to achieve targets and a purchasing budget of £80m to develop ranges and supplier contracts, maximising sales opportunities. Developed and led a team of 7 during a Central London recruitment initiative and instigated employee development programmes.


1992 - 1994

Barclays Bank PLC, UK
Graduate Management Trainee - Management Development Programme

Identified new business development opportunities for corporate markets with accountability for discretionary lending limits. Applied risk analysis to provide comprehensive lending advice. Member of a development team established to improve the Graduate Training Programme.


1988 - 1990

Jaguar Cars, UK

Graduate Sponsorship - Purchasing

Sourced vehicle component supplies, ensuring appropriate production programmes to support manufacturing requirements. Supervised sections of the production line.