James BlakeDirector of People Operations

areas of expertise
  • Business transformation
  • Restructuring and turnaround
  • Pay and reward programmes
  • Workplace culture development
  • Level 5 Certificate, HR Resources Development – Associate CIPD

With over 13 years of experience in people development, management, business planning, learning and development, human resources and business operations, James has the breadth and depth of experience needed to quickly understand entrepreneurs’ businesses and craft the most suitable people solutions.

Talk Staff Group works with clients across the UK to align effective and sustainable people solutions to business strategy.

Before joining Talk Staff Group in 2016, James held many roles across the UK in HR Learning & Development. Previously, James held senior roles at Marston’s PLC in the field/office and in Learning & Development at one of the UK’s biggest retailers – Wilko’s.  Away from work, James has a keen interest in climbing and has seem him develop relationships with a number of organisations, leading groups at historic sites across the UK and beyond.


  • 5 steps to identifying your employer brand

    If you’re not familiar with the terminology of ‘Employer Brand’ you may also recognise it as a ‘Talent Brand’ (Thanks to our American friends) and whilst many people feel it’s the Human Resources Department that should be responsible for it, there’s an argument that they should be working in collaboration with the Marketing Department as

    January 15, 2019
  • Your Structure Is Killing Your Business

    It might be hard to hear but having the wrong structure can kill productivity and stop you achieving your business goals and objectives. When we talk to business owners and leaders about organisation structure they often talk about who reports into who, bringing out a clear structure with boxes, lines, names and job titles. After

    October 10, 2018
  • Flexible Working – The Changing Landscape of Work

    Whilst talking with a candidate recently we discussed the reward package, she quickly moved the subject on to flexible working and how her time would be managed in the role. This is hardly a surprise as flexible working arrangements are the top employee benefit with almost half (49%) of workers saying flexibility and work-life balance

    September 10, 2018

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Global House, Wellington Court
DE56 1UP

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