Michelle Raymond is a HR Consultant and Business Growth Specialist who helps professionals around the world up-scale their business.
The People’s Partner HR offer a cost effective outsourced HR service to tackle your employment issues and keep you legally compliant. Designed to develop and enhance team performance, the HR solution created by Michelle is designed to reduce staff turnover and increase profit and all within legislation.
“HR is never seen as a sexy and attractive activity. Smaller businesses think they don’t need it because they see it as a family run business and don’t want the red tape. However, this is where they fall into major pitfalls because of this type of thinking. The People’s Partner, partners with businesses as they grow providing the right guidance, advice and strategic support every step of the way.
We provide a monthly membership to our HR platform that gives you access to more than 100 HR templates, contracts and HR letters, employment advice and GDPR. The People’s Partner also operates a business consultancy arm for new and growing businesses. Our ethos is consistency, focus and discipline, the three pillars that keep a business afloat. ” Michelle says.
Michelle is known for her generosity of spirit and her talent is recognised internationally, but it was a time when she was crucified by mainstream media for a crime she did not commit. She had to find the strength to survive a massive injustice and now she is The Voice of other invisible survivors , teaching how to be led by compassion.
“I was married to a man who was accused and later arrested for the most heinous crimes imaginable against children. This shuttered my world like nothing else could. Following newspaper headline and TV news depicting my husband’s story in front of the world and almost having my daughter taken away from me, I fell into depression. After some time, well some years, I had a wake-up call.
Michelle, after being crucified by mainstream media, you gave yourself permission to forget the past and make a fresh start, living the past behind. What gave you the courage to survive such a traumatic experience?
“I decided to forget the past and make something of myself for me and for my daughter. I was already really keen on running my own business from the time I was made redundant but knowing that my daughter needed a least one decent role model, I was energised and motivated to do this alone.”
” It was my dream to provide justice to employees who had been mistreated at work. However, I found that it made more sense to change the system rather than those affected, and I started providing a service to employers and businesses to ensure that they were fair, that their procedures and processes were legally compliant and that they developed a great organisation and culture where talent thrived.”
You graced our stage at The Authors Awards at BAFTA’s and instead of sharing your story like the other authors, you sang…the audience went quiet, mesmerized by your voice. I remember everybody asking me “WHO IS THE VOICE?” What else we don’t know about you, Michelle?
I am a backing vocalist and have sang around the world for artists such as James Brown, Rod Stewart and Madonna
I was in a movie called Ragtime at the age of 4 years old
I was on a UK show with my family called ‘Family Fortunes’ in 2013 under the name The Williams-Silvera and we won!
I am married to Thai, I’ve a brother from Vietnam and a sister from Eretria
I won The Voice of the Sea in 2017 whilst holidaying in Dubai and became a mini celebrity in Italy
Michelle, your story reminds me of Phoenix, and just like Phoenix, you are born again, arising from your own ashes. Where do you take your inspiration from?
From a young age my mother was my role model and she didn’t just show me the love a mother feels for her child but helped me understand how to invest in assets that make money. Thanks to her, I already own two properties and one now is a multi-home occupancy.
My mother is a true self leader and a visionary entrepreneur and I hope to make her proud.