“I have known Grace for nearly 25 years, during which time she has worked closely with me as my trusted human resources provider and “go to people person” for the C-Suite. This has included a range of challenging business environments, including significant organizational down–sizing, as well as managing new, private company start–ups and resourcing corporate growth, post–IPO.
With this experience, Grace has developed a rare and proven ability to combine a clear understanding and track record of implementing fit–for–purpose “hard” HR systems, policies, practices and procedures with living the right “soft” HR issues of organizational values, culture and behaviour to design a holistic HR approach which is “best suited for the business”.
Grace has a strong work ethic, is flexible and always available, exuding strength and providing a calm influence, particularly under pressure in difficult situations. She has a tremendous passion for HR and critically, is committed to ensuring the function is optimally supporting the business to achieve the company’s goals.
Her other personal qualities include the key requirements for a principled HR professional of honesty and openness in providing an opinion, coupled with discretion and directness in delivering advice. Crucially, Grace is comfortable operating at the executive level, as well as throughout the organization, and she treats everyone in the same way at all times, which ensures her the respect of both management and staff and enables her to do her job effectively.
However, most importantly, Grace loves and genuinely cares about people. She ensures HR does not “police the organization”, but instead, leads by example and “defines it”, to truly fulfil the role of “HR partner”. In summary, Grace is without doubt an outstanding HR professional and leader and I recommend her unconditionally going forward.”
BRIAN F. MAXTED
Founding Partner & Former Chief Executive Officer
“I have had the good fortune to work with Grace for 24 years in 3 companies; Triton Energy, Hess and Kosmos Energy. At Kosmos, Grace developed the HR Corporate function from scratch when we were a small, privately held, international independent. She was then responsible for growing the capacity of the function as the company grew into an NYSE listed public business. Grace’s superior leadership and interpersonal skills alongside her can-do attitude make her a great business partner and HR ideas generator for the wide-ranging issues that an international oil company brings.”
DR. PAUL DAILLY
Founding Partner & Former Head of Exploration