Focus is the leading provider of outsourced human resources and payroll services in the Channel Islands. Working with a variety of businesses from a broad range of sectors in Guernsey, Focus have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by businesses and the current and future employment landscape. The industries Focus works with include, but are not limited, to finance, hospitality, commercial, retail, construction, IT, maritime and the charity sector.
The team is comprised of 11 dedicated HR professionals with a depth of experience and variety of backgrounds including holding senior positions in financial services and commercial businesses. Our Directors, Becky Machon and Katie Bellingham and the Focus consultants have experience in dealing with matters ranging from performance and conduct; recruitment; disciplinaries; grievances; managing sickness absence; learning and development; employee wellbeing; workplace investigations; contractual and policy matters; company restructures, mergers and acquisitions and dispute resolution and tribunal process management. Our extensively experienced team will provide strength and depth of resources and knowledge on the practical considerations, impact and application of the new forthcoming discrimination legislation and will support employers understanding.
Focus are well versed in providing training to the Guernsey business and charitable community having developed and delivered high level HR training on complex matters such as absence and sickness management; managing performance and managing conduct; grievances; handling investigations and managing the disciplinary process. Focus have also delivered in house training on setting effective objectives, effective appraisal processes and discussions, and utilisation of the coaching technique for managers.
One of Focus’ main values and objectives is to continually upskill and develop the Guernsey HR and business community in people management and employment matters. With this objective in mind and in addition to being part of the consortium and supporting this training initiative, Focus will provide an ongoing commitment to deliver discrimination training to assist Guernsey businesses and continual professional development while raising awareness.
Katie Bellingham, Owner & Director
With over twenty years of HR management experience, Katie has tackled the most complex people management scenarios. As an owner and director of Focus since 2007, Katie has worked with clients from many different industries in the Channel Islands. During her extensive career, Katie has advised clients on a range of strategic business issues outside of HR, including business development strategies, mergers and acquisitions and budgeting with a keen interest in assisting clients through periods of business change and growth. Katie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and was a panel member for the Guernsey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal Service for five years.
Becky Machon, Owner & Director
Becky has worked locally in both commercial and financial sectors since 2001 after qualifying under the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in Personnel Practice and later obtaining the Professional Development Certificate.
As an owner and director of Focus since 2007, Becky has spearheaded many projects for her clients – leading them to achieve a pro-active and dynamic approach to their HR strategies. Becky has a strong influence and is key in the integration of HR processes into her client’s business goals, working with them to maximise their potential. Becky believes that effective HR practices are essential in the successful performance of any business.
A qualified PRISM Practitioner, Becky also works with clients using PRISM profiling to enhance employee performance, identify talent, encourage team building, resolve conflict and provide 360 appraisals.