Meet the HR Services team

Tim Knowles, Head of HR Services

Tim is an expert in employment law, HR policy, employee relations, reward and benefits.

A qualified Solicitor specialising in employment law in co-operatives for more than 15 years, Tim has unique and substantial additional expertise in employee relations, collective bargaining, recognition and industrial action, and an in-depth understanding of HR policy, reward and benefits strategies. 

Email Tim or give him a call on 0161 214 1783


Kate Fielding, HR Reward and Policy Manager

Kate is an experienced HR professional with almost 10 years' experience in HR policy, reward and employee relations in co-operatives. A chartered member of the CIPD specialising in all things policy, Kate is well placed to provide expert advice, guidance and support on all aspects of the employment journey. 

Email Kate or give her a call on 0161 214 1782


Gary Morrison, Senior Lawyer

Gary has a wealth of experience in the field of employment and employment law, having previously worked as an ACAS officer and for the Employment Tribunals before qualifying as a solicitor at DWF solicitors.  

Following his time at DWF Gary spent seven and a half years as a solicitor with the Co-operative Group Limited carrying out work both for the Co-operative Group Limited and many independent co-operatives as part of the Co-operative Employers Association.  He has latterly has been employed both in the public and private sectors working as a Locum Solicitor with Sefton MBC and in a small private practice. 

Gary is a very experienced Employment Tribunal advocate and his knowledge and experience extend to all aspects of employment law including complex areas such as TUPE and discrimination. 

Email Gary or give him a call on 0161 214 1778


Gillian Buxton, HR/Employment Law Consultant

Gillian is a qualified Solicitor experienced in employment law and employee relations. Having worked for employer’s organisations for more than 10 years, including the Engineering Employers’ Federation and the Co-operative Employers’ Association, Gillian now works as an HR and employment law consultant in a range of sectors.

Gillian has worked closely with HR and strategic leaders, providing timely and practical advice on a variety of detailed and complex employee relations and employment law matters, as well as representing companies in employment tribunals and delivering bespoke training courses.

Gillian is also Chair of Governors in a voluntary aided primary school, developing many skills in this role including financial and personnel management skills, dispute resolution, strategic thinking, developing others and leadership skills.