About Us

Meet our fantastic team at Adastra HR.

HR Director, HR Support in west sussex

Alison Daymond, FCIPD

HR Director & The Boss

Alison has an impressive CV with over 20 years’ experience in public and private sectors and knows all there is to know about HR. With progressive hands-on experience working with start-ups and industry leaders alike, she’s managed revenues of up to $2.6 billion across European and global organisations. She’s ethical, approachable, commercially astute, resourceful, determined and sharp – everything you would want in an HR Business Partner by your side.

What you might not know about Alison is… she is mad about sailing and loves nothing more than to be rescued by the Coastguards from time to time!

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Trish Boswell, FIRP

Head of People Development & Coaching Guru

Trish is our font of knowledge with all things people-related, having over 30 years’ experience with both generalist and specialist recruitment markets, large-scale resourcing as well as on-site projects and Executive coaching. She is level-headed, inclusive and favours a partnering approach to her relationships with clients. In conjunction with her ability to advise on HR matters, Trish is perfectly suited to help with workforce planning and expansion, leadership and career coaching and work with clients to retain those talented people too!

What you might not know about Trish is… she is the Queen of last-minute dinner parties and can create succulent dishes out of old boots!

HR Consultant

Lisa Slater, MCIPD

HR Consultant & Miss Know It All

Lisa has a wealth of HR experience from a diverse range of SME’s and corporates including the telecoms, finance, oil sectors and the Digital Marketing world. With 15 years’ experience in generalist HR she specialises in organisational change; talent and performance management; and employee engagement. Her approachable and calm manner help create great working relationships and she enjoys taking the role as a trusted advisor and coach to help support small businesses in reaching their objectives – whilst always maintaining a sense of humour too!

What you might not know about Lisa is… she loves travel and adventure, and has been fortunate to trek to Machu Picchu in Peru; Skydive in New Zealand and White Water Raft in Costa Rica among her highlights… but be warned you might not stop her talking about it once you get her started….!!

HR Consultant

Anita Somers, FCIPD

HR Consultant & Zen Warrior

Anita brings with her 20+ years of HR experience as a HR Generalist across the property and manufacturing industries.  Anita’s specialisms are acquisitions, disposals and mergers, performance management, talent management, employee engagement, succession planning, project management and policy development.  Anita is a good listener and communicator with the ability to quickly gain trust and confidence and is able to identify the key issues and be creative in her problem-solving whilst demonstrating commerciality.

What you might not know… Anita has a new found love for anything Zen, including yoga, meditation, chanting and sound baths and can often be seen practicing her pranayama!


Carol Dartnell, Assoc CIPD

HR Consultant & Resident DJ

Carol has more than 20 years experience working as both a stand alone HR Generalist and an HR Business Partner, advising and coaching Managers up to Board Level. She has worked in both large and small organisations in the Private and Charity sectors, from a theatre and outdoor event company to large financial institutions. She specialises in employee relations and performance related management, approaching her work with a friendly and very pragmatic approach.  

What you might not know about Carol is… She loves music, you’ll always find her on the dance floor and has even been known to DJ at parties!  

HR Consultant

Leah Dexter, IRP

HR Consultant & HRIS Linchpin

Leah spent 16 years working for a very successful airline, in roles where she provided customer service, project management and recruitment support. After spending a year focusing and expanding her experience in the recruitment resourcing field, Leah moved on to HR where she coordinates all important things for the team from finance activities; managing payroll and setting up HRIS systems for our clients. As well as advising clients on first level HR advice, Leah is the gate-keeper of all HRIS portals and auto enrolment pension schemes – and is the rock in a sea of paperwork. She is structured, calm, patient and supportive in all endeavours! 

What you might not know about Leah is… she is mad about Netflix box sets and keeps us entertained with ‘what’s hot to watch this week’!

HR Administrator

Julie Daburn, Assoc CIPD

HR Administrator & The Organised One

Julie has many years of operational and administrative experience across a variety of industries, eight years of which were spent working for a medical and laboratory company, overseeing the operations and sales office teams. Her role also included, quality, importing, tendering and HR.  It was here that her interest in the area of HR grew. Her organisational skills and calm approach means she has a good rapport with both colleagues and clients alike. Julie offers invaluable administrative support to the whole Adastra Team, including the impossible job of organising Ali’s diary, and keeping us all sane!

What you might not know about Julie is… she loves going to the cinema on a weekly basis but is a wuss when it comes to blood and gore!

Health & Safety Consultant

Paul Sewell, DipNEBOSH, Grad IOSH

Health & Safety Consultant & The Comedian

Paul has over 15 years practical experience in the provision of support and advice to clients to enable them to meet their statutory duties in relation to health and safety.

Paul holds the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health and is a Graduate Member of IOSH. In addition, Paul is a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers and a qualified Fire Risk Assessor.

Paul is here to help clients take control of health and safety with a full range of tailored services including: Workplace safety inspections/audits, fire safety risk assessments, policies, procedures, task/project risk assessments, method statements and training. Paul is always on hand to provide simple, pragmatic safety advice as and when needed.

What you might not know about Paul is… The funniest thing about Paul is he is not funny at all!


Steve Wilcock, TechIoSH aiirsm

Health and Safety Consultant

Steve has over 20 years’ experience in senior management in the aviation and manufacturing industries. Consequently, he has an acute understanding of the financial and operational implications for any businesses adopting a robust health and safety culture.

Steve’s manner is approachable and relaxed. He is always 100% professional and will go ‘above and beyond’ to meet the clients’ brief. 

A member of IOSH and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, Steve holds NEBOSH National Certificates in Occupational Health and Safety and Fire Safety and Risk Management; he is a manual handling trainer and holds the City and Guilds award in training and education (Ptlls).

As well as supporting your business in all aspects of H&S including producing policies and procedures, risk assessments, safe systems of work, audits, inspections and GAP analysis, Steve has a wealth of experience in accident and incident investigations.

What you might not know about Steve is… he learnt to ride in the mounted police…back in the day!

GDPR Guru, HR support in west sussex

Derek Mann RISC, MSyI (Dip)

GDPR guru and bodyguard to the Adastra stars

Derek is a Registered Independent Security Consultant (RISC) and GDPR practitioner, providing SMEs data protection solutions and outsourced Data Protection Officer (DPO as a service) support. He works collaboratively with your organisation to create specific, proportionate and pragmatic compliance solutions. That means you can retain focus on the business knowing that you have access to expert support.

Derek enjoyed a 30-year career in the UK Police service, working in high-risk operations as well as strategic change programmes. Since leaving the service in 2010, he has worked in private sector consulting organisations in the Police, Justice, Secure Government and Security sectors and his experience extends to working overseas in conflict-affected regions.

Derek has a professional Diploma in Security Management, GDPR foundation and practitioner certificates, is a Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) practitioner and Lean practitioner. He is security cleared, a member of the Security Institute and the Association of Security Consultants.

What you might not know about Derek is that he plays guitar in a number of well known bands; well, he plays guitar at home fantasising about playing in well known bands, but you’ve got to start somewhere, right?

Payroll Manager

Claire McCarthy, MAAT

Payroll Manager & Sewing Queen

Claire has many years’ experience of working in finance and payroll. From the television industry where she started her career, to processing payroll for multiple companies of varying sizes, ranging from 1 to 1700 employees. Her extensive experience in all aspects of payroll including auto-enrolment pensions, statutory payments and holiday pay means she has the knowledge to seamlessly run the whole payroll process for our clients.

What you might not know about Claire is… outside of work she is either out running with her local running club or making new creations with her sewing machine.

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The Chairman & Head of Security

Oscar is a very loveable and furry member of the team! He likes to say he’s full time but never quite seems to manage a full day in the office – as it can all get rather exhausting as he likes to nap a lot!

He is our chief ‘Meet & Greeter’ as well as Head of Security and never forgets to tell us when he is due a walk or a treat! Apparently, an office dog is one of the best ways of beating stress at work! It increases the release of human feel-good hormones so our furry companion helps keep us sane! Nestle’s HQ worldwide agrees with their Pets At Work (PAW) program allowing employees to bring their furry friends into the office too!

What you might not know about Oscar is… he is a hypo-allergenic dog! This is great for any allergy sufferers, as Oscar’s coat does not shed at all!  He also has acute hearing and hears the Adastra Team arrive, even before they’ve got out of their cars!!

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