The HR booth is driven by a team with experience in various HR roles – including HR managers, consultants, and specialist roles – across a number of challenging industries.
By relying on operational expertise, our team is able to enhance the level of support to ensure all decisions that are made on a commercial basis.
We wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know the team, learning their experience in HR, their daily responsibilities, and also their interests outside of work.
How long have you worked for The HR Booth?
Alistair Booth – Managing Director:
‘I’ve been running The HR Booth since 2012. Initially, I decided to set up the company to have a better work/life balance. My little boy, Harry, was starting school the following year, and I wanted more flexibility around my working hours.
Furthermore, I also wanted to do something slightly different by helping small businesses with HR problems and challenges.’
John Mullen – HR Consultant:
‘I have joined The HR Booth this year, having worked in Human Resources for over 30 years. ’
Calum Anderson – Account Manager
‘I have recently joined The HR Booth team this September as an Account Manager.
What is your job role at the HR booth, and what does a typical day look like?
‘As well as being a Managing Director of The HR Booth, I am also an HR Consultant.
In addition, as a managing director, I am responsible for sales, marketing, business development, managing the team, and exploring new opportunities.
Working as an HR consultant, I can spend most of my time on site with our clients. This can vary from retail clients, care businesses, manufacturing, IT and technology. I work with the management teams to help them drive the business forward, making sure they have the correct HR structure in place.
Other tasks for an HR perspective is focused on HR enquiries that come in. This can be managing absence, performance, conduct, redundancy, and restructuring.’
‘I act as the first point of contact for all HR quires that come in to the business. I support a variety of clients that have a variety of needs. We deal with everything from redundancy, to disciplinary, grievance and absence management.
I also help to deliver a wide range of workshops. They can look at company values and various other HR related issues that may require our intervention.’
‘I have joined the team recently as the new Account Manager. In addition, I focus on promoting some of our newer services as well as developing new business for our HR consultancy offering.’
Have you had similar job roles in the past?
‘I have spent most of my career in HR. I started at the Rosyth dockyard in 1993, where I spent five years as an HR administrator. After this, I spent seven years at Telewest, working in various HR roles. I also worked with MGT before I started The HR Booth.
We have just recently moved to the Rosyth Business Park, which is right outside the gates of the dockyard. 24 years later, and I am almost back to where I started.’
‘I first started working in Human Resources when I joined the Royal Air Force in 1986. In addition, I spent 24 years in a variety of roles and locations in both the United Kingdom and Overseas. On leaving the Royal Air Force in 2010, I then moved to BAE Systems, where I spent almost 4 years providing HR Support to the Typhoon Aircraft Service. I then moved to an Occupational Health Company, Duradiamond Healthcare in 2014.
After this, I also had the opportunity in 2015 to become involved the Queensferry Crossing. I consider this to be the most iconic Engineering Project I will see in my lifetime.I spent 2 years on this project working in a unique and exciting HR role. On completion of the Queensferry Crossing, I moved to Poundworld, in 2017, where I spent 8 months. Furthermore, unfortunately the business succumbed to the turbulent times which are affecting the high street and retail in particular.’
‘The main job roles I have had previously is in account management and recruitment. I also had roles in marketing and have been working in this industry the past couple of years which has given me the skills to work at The HR Booth.’
What do you enjoy the most about The HR Booth?
‘I enjoy the varied work, there are never two days that are the same. We face people problems and challenges in all the businesses we work with.
We have a great opportunity to get to know our clients very well, allowing us to add value to their business. I’ve learned a lot about a business by running The HR Booth for over five years, and I enjoy sharing what I have learned with my clients.’
‘I welcomed the opportunity to join The HR Booth. I feel it has given me the chance to become involved with a variety of clients and businesses. It more importantly allows me make a positive impact. The role as a HR Consultant UK has certainly lived up to my expectations so far.’
What are your interests outside of work?
Outside of work, my time is spent with my wife Lorraine, and our two boys, Harry who is eight, and Danny who is six months old.
Harry is at an age where he is enjoying sports. Most of my time is spent taking him to swimming, football and Karate.
We also enjoy going to watch Football games, as well as many other family activities.
‘I like to follow a lot of sports, especially football. My time is also taken up by my two children as a ‘Dad Taxi’ and take them to various social events they have.’
‘In my personal time, I like to spend time with my family. I have a young son and a fiancé. I also enjoy sports and enjoy playing football.’