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Acas South East team profiles

Acas advisers and trainers serving the South East region have extensive experience of and expertise in workplace issues. They can work closely with you and your employee representatives, (where appropriate), to diagnose and then find the optimum solutions to your workplace issues.

In workplace training they take pride in making sure that the people who attend their courses leave with a clear understanding of often complex topics. They provide down to earth advice and practical solutions based on a deep understanding of employment legislation.


Emma Webb Acas Trainer Emma Webb - Trainer

Emma joined Acas from a retail head office background where her role included developing and delivering specialist personal finance training for both new and existing customer facing employees and store management.

Emma has experience of recruitment and management and has particular interests in equality, employee well-being and developing workplace performance.


Richard Davies Richard Davies - Senior Adviser

Richard came to Acas following experience of both the private and public sector workplace.

During ten years within the NHS he gained experience of line management and recruitment, project management and collaborative working with the third sector.

In the private sector, Richard led a start-up training organisation and has over 14 years experience of delivering training across sectors.


Steve Elliott Acas Senior Adviser Steve Elliott - Senior Adviser

Prior to joining Acas, Steve worked at the Employment Relations Unit of the Department for Trade & Industry.

With experience delivering Acas individual conciliation, he understands employment law and the difficulties faced by employer and employee.

Steve now works as a Senior Adviser, providing a range of advice, guidance and bespoke workplace training, working with managers, HR, union and workplace representatives.


Phil Osborne, Senior adviser with Acas South East Phil Osborne - Senior Adviser

Phil has over 30 year's management experience from his employment in the retail sector at various household names.

During his time with Acas Phil has assisted organisations by diagnosing issues and tailoring practical solutions and expert knowledge to address the challenges.

Phil recognises that every company is different, offering solutions and training that has been specially developed with this in mind.


Matt Penfold, Senior adviser with Acas South East Matt Penfold - Senior Adviser

Matt has been an Acas Collective Conciliator and Senior Adviser since 2006 prior to which he was working in the Central Arbitration Committee.

As a Collective Conciliator, Matt assists in the avoidance and resolution of both local and national disputes between employers and trade unions/employees.

The Senior Adviser role sees Matt advising employers, unions, workplace reps and employees on employment rights and industrial relations issues.


Tim Rising Tim Rising - Trainer

Tim joined Acas after over 20-years in Criminal Justice, latterly as a National specialist trainer.

He has many years of practical experience of delivering a variety of courses at all levels.

His experience includes representation, management and hands-on involvement in change management, with a practical understanding of the anxieties and communication issues that can affect each of these processes.


Krissy-S Krissy Simmons - Senior Adviser

Krissy joined Acas in 1997 and has worked through numerous roles in the organisation including providing advice on the helpline.

Having managed staff for over 22 years, from admin teams to self-employed builders, ex-service personal and senior managers, Krissy has a wealth of experiencing when it comes to managing people.

With a wide range of knowledge in all employment matters Krissy is able to effectively tailor options and solutions in a constantly changing workplace.


Lorraine Williamson Lorraine Williamson - Senior Adviser

Lorraine joined Acas with over 20 years experience working within HR-related disciplines.

As a business development specialist Lorraine has held commercial management roles within both private and public sector organisations.

Lorraine qualified as a Workplace Mediator in 2008 and has significant insight to transition and change related to productivity and business growth.


Francoise-W Francoise Woolley - Senior Adviser

Francoise joined Acas from a background in Criminal Justice, specialising in the areas of change management and conflict resolution.

Used to dealing with challenging and emotive situations, Francoise applies her knowledge of psychology to the challenges faced in the workplace, which she believes are often rooted in human behaviour. She has a passion for helping people overcome hurdles, and move towards effective ways of problem solving.