adrian wheatley

About Me....

I believe that individuals and organisations succeed when they make the best use of their skills and attitudes. Busy managers often need assistance with planning and delivering people plans, especially if the size of the business doesn’t allow for permanent support.  My business is to get alongside clients and help with their people agendas, both current and future.


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My experience comes from a career spent in Human Resources and Learning & Development roles in a variety of industry sectors and organisations, both large and small. I can operate as HR manager/business partner, coach and facilitator and am passionate about how development and coaching can improve effectiveness and performance. I am comfortable in strategic, operational and international contexts and able to work with both individuals and teams by building effective relationships quickly and focusing on delivery.

Adrian Wheatley


HR Manager




Professional Qualifications....

  • MA in Human Resource Management
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Diploma in Management Coaching & Mentoring

How I Work....

  • Client Centricity – understanding your business and what is important to you through active listening and clarifying the scope of the work
  • Integrity – working in a manner consistent with your culture, doing what I say I will and seeking and responding to feedback to improve my services
  • Accessible – simple language, open style
  • Collaborative - working in partnership with you and your other providers as required

Client feedback - "A selection of quotes from previous clients...."

Director - Financial Services

"Adrian has many qualities but what set him apart from other HR Business Partners was his ability to identify the root cause of the challenges we faced as a function and ask powerful questions that caused me and my colleagues to reflect on our proposed action and our approach to delivering and managing change ".

Managing Director - Electronics

"As a coach, Adrian has detailed knowledge of his art and is able to apply different approaches to differing situations. Always challenging, but supportive at the same time, he is able to find ways to help individuals to develop themselves"

Operations Manager - Aerospace

"Adrian’s blend of HR management and leadership skills have helped develop and build this young management team into a higher performing team".

Work History

avivaHR Business Partner, Group Internal Audit

December 2013 – December 2014 (1 year 1 month)

aviva_investorsHR Business Partner, Aviva Investors

Aviva Investors
March 2011 – December 2013 (2 years 10 months)London, United Kingdom
Leading the execution of Aviva People Strategy in the global Operations, IT, Finance and Risk functions of Aviva's asset management division.

Building people capability through the challenge and support of leadership teams.


ultra_electronicsHR Manager

Ultra Electronics, Communication & Integrated Systems (CIS)
December 2009 – March 2011 (1 year 4 months)
Member of senior team of a £30m turnover business. Focus on performance and talent management and the development of high performing teams.


tods_murrayHead of Personnel & Development - Interim

Tods Murray LLP
July 2008 – August 2009 (1 year 2 months)
Heading up a small HR team and reporting directly to the Executive Partner (CEO). Responsible for all HR and Development activity.

An interim role to cover maternity, this contract ended in July 2009 followed by a couple of weeks consultancy work coaching Partners around performance management.

HR & Development Manager

Scottish and Newcastle
1999 – 2008 (9 years)
Held a variety of positions from HR Manager on a large production site to Training Manager in the Distribution arm and Head of HR for the integration of the aquired Bulmers cider business.

Most recently worked as Development Manager, working within both the UK and Group teams with an international remit.

HR Manager

Express Dairies
September 1996 – October 1999 (3 years 2 months)
Member of the management team in a milk processing plant. Fast-paced generalist role with a recruitment and industrial relations emphasis.

Various HR positions

April 1991 – September 1996 (5 years 6 months)
Mainly working as a generalist HR Manager to the largest business group of a multi-site rail catering operation with around 10 depots and 1100 employees.

Various HR positions

1984 – 1991 (7 years)