Since leaving Law At Work, Gareth has taken some time out to review and appraise the employment law, human resources and health & safety market, with a view to developing from scratch a different and more innovative model, which is Navigator. He was attracted to VIALEX and its ground breaking Legal Counsel Service and is relishing the opportunities that present to cross sell the Navigator services.
Gareth is passionate about quality and client service and you can be assured of his best attention at all times.
Gareth is married to Teeny and they live in Barnton, Edinburgh with their son Matthew. He is a keen Ulster, Ireland and Lions rugby fan. Although, circumstances mean that he is more often seen following Edinburgh or Scotland at Murrayfield.
Head of Employment Law
Alan advises on all areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, transfer of undertakings and contractual documentation. He has acted for a range of clients both large and small and has appeared in Employment Tribunals throughout the UK, as well as in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He has also been involved in the provision of training to clients in various aspects of employment law.
Alan has the experience to anticipate and identify potential problem areas. He is not afraid to suggest innovative solutions to problems, but where litigation proves ultimately necessary he will pursue cases vigorously.
Outside the office, Alan is interested in foreign foods, cultures and climates and has circumnavigated the globe twice (and more importantly managed to find his way home). He is a keen observer of all sports and can occasionally be found churning up a golf course somewhere.
Euan has much experience, in assisting with the full gambit of employment law related queries, whether that be; day to day advice, the drafting of new Contracts/Handbooks or Tribunal representation. He has also appeared in Employment Tribunal Hearings, both north and south of the border, defending various claim types (including unfair dismissal and disability discrimination).
As with all our advisers though, Euan is always keen to try to manage situations in a way which hopefully avoids the Tribunal system (wherever that is possible). That might mean a more hands on approach, e.g; during internal procedures, but with the likelihood that the risk of (successful) claims will have been lowered.
Euan hails from Edinburgh and spends his time between Edinburgh and the capital of the Highlands (Inverness)! A keen sports enthusiast, he previously played alot of Football and Cricket, but now spends much his free time working on his golf handicap! When the time allows, he is also an outdoor enthusiast, and likes to bag the odd munro!
Kelly is the most recent arrival to the employment law team. After achieving her law degree at Robert Gordon’s University, Kelly underwent her legal traineeship and qualified with Davidson Chalmers in 2015. She subsequently worked with well-known law firms Anderson Strathern and Macroberts and along the way also experienced the legal services model at Scottish Engineering and Xact.
Kelly is a Member of the Law Society of Scotland Committee on Administrative Justice and through this role has taken part in a review of Employment Tribunal practice and processes.
Kelly has advised and supported across a number of sectors and has a particular understanding of the hospitality, care and engineering sectors. While at Xact, Kelly was the only practising solicitor and so her employment tribunal experience is significant. However, it isn’t just court time that Kelly enjoys; she is equally at home drafting handbooks and contracts as well as the general day to day advice required by all employers.
Kelly is Navigator’s champion on our Mindful Business Charter group and so she is keen to recognise and support mental health issues in the workplace.
Originally from Fife, Kelly now lives in Glasgow’s West End and enjoys socialising as well as trips to the gym.
Natalia has recently joined Navigator as a Legal Manager. Having graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2017 Natalia achieved a first-class honours degree in Law. Alongside her studies Natalia was involved in the University’s law clinic, co-authoring an article about the Immigration Bill 2015 which was published in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland. As a result of her exam results, Natalia was awarded not one but two prizes. Natalia completed a varied traineeship at a full-service law firm in Aberdeen having had seats in conveyancing, litigation and private client as well as employment; the subject in which Natalia has chosen to specialise. During her traineeship, and among her highlights, Natalia has written, researched and delivered various training sessions for clients on subjects such as disciplinary investigations and has a particular liking for the drafting of bespoke policies and procedures.
Away from the office Natalia enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, cooking, going on walks to scenic spots and travelling.
HR Business Partner
Having initial experience as a people manager in her early career in the City of London, Ruth pursued her interest in human resources and obtained her initial CIPD qualifications in the financial services sector. Moving to Edinburgh in 2006 she then actively sought varied opportunities to widen her knowledge working in unionised, multi-site manufacturing and heavy industry environments. Having these experiences led to her delivering complex TUPE transactions, change programmes alongside supporting the overall employment lifecycle.
Ruth has a number of experiences supporting SME’s where a need for her skills was required to deliver various organic growth projects.
Joining Navigator in October plays to Ruths’ strengths in translating the value of HR across any environment.
Her happy place is with her daughters and their dog in the great outdoors.
Associate Business Consultant
Jonathan was until most recently the Bursar of Europe’s largest independent school, ESMS where he held that position for twelve years. Prior to this, Jonathan enjoyed an impressive career which included significant roles with two blue chip companies and a big 4 consultancy.
While at ESMS, Jonathan was responsible for the financial and operational management of the schools. Over that time, as well as the usual gambit of capital projects and general compliance issues, Jonathan also oversaw significant defined projects such as preparing for the OSCR charity test and the implementation of GDPR.
Jonathan was elected to and served on the Board of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS) between 2015 and 2019. He was also elected as Chair of the Scottish Independent Schools Bursars Association (SISBA) and fulfilled that role between 2018 and 2021. Through his period as Chair of SISBA, Jonathan was also a co-opted Board Member of the UK Independent Schools Bursars Association (ISBA). Jonathan’s experience of life as Bursar at ESMS as well as his tenure at SCIS, SISBA and ISBA have marked him out as an individual with unrivalled experience of the independent school sector in Scotland.
Jonathan is married with two children at university, enjoys playing trumpet and bass guitar and is the President of Linlithgow Reed Band. He enjoys orienteering, mountain and road biking and has completed 50 park runs
Associate HR Consultant
Jayne is a highly experienced HR professional with over 30 years’ experience in the private, public and Not for Profit sectors. She has multi-site and international experience working across 4 Nations, as well as Europe. She has worked in the private sector for Phillips Electronics specialising in ER before joining two London Local Authorities as HR Manager for 11 years working extensively on TUPE initiatives and ER. She then moved into the NFP sector for 13 years as an Assistant HRD at The Royal British Legion leading on corporate strategic initiatives, as well as managing TUPE transfers including Poppy Scotland, as well as outsourcing care homes. She worked as Head of HR at the British Medical Association for 3 years responsible for delivering and providing high level professional HR services. Latterly, she has been the HR Lead for outsourcing a 999 service to a tri partnership arrangement.
Jayne has experience of working with the NMC, CQC, NSPCC and ISA on matters relating to vulnerable adults and children, including presenting at Fitness to Practise and safeguarding panels.
Jayne holds a postgraduate diploma in Personnel Management and is level A and B qualified in psychometric testing for recruitment.
Jayne’s strengths lie in providing commercial and pragmatic solutions in all aspects of HR and governance areas ensuring compliance within legislation. Her ability to work with key stakeholders is impressive particularly with complex trade union matters.
In her spare time Jayne is an Enterprise Advisor for a local secondary school providing voluntary advice and guidance to teachers and professionals on supporting students with an insight into what employers are looking for in terms of skills, qualifications and interpersonal skills. Whilst not based in Scotland, she is a regular visit to Ballater seeing family and loves to travel international – Covid permitting!
Associate HR Consultant
Associate HR Consultant
She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Human Resource management, leadership & management development, team development, employee engagement and wellbeing
Associate Business & HR Consultant
Associate HR Consultant
Client Liaison Executive
Clare joined Navigator in September 2015 where she hopes to develop her skills and continue to deliver a first class service to clients.
Clare enjoys studying with the Open University, and is currently working towards a degree in International Development. She also enjoys spending time with her family and travelling to various scenic spots in Scotland.
Business Development Executive
Nadia is an ambitious individual, who strived to work hard and develop her skills. Outside of her working life, Nadia has always been a keen sportsperson, competing at national level within Athletics. Having gained medals at Scottish level, Nadia is now a qualified assistant coach, giving back to her local club, Ayr Seaforth, who she was a member of for over 8 years.
Health & Safety Manager
He has previously been involved in the management of projects which have included the provision of a software system to manage contractor health and safety implications on behalf of the Scottish Government, from its initial concept through purchase and subsequent utilisation, and the development and delivery of a behavioural safety programme implemented at multiple manufacturing and logistics sites across Europe.
Gary is a Chartered member of IOSH.
Associate Health & Safety Consultant
Having served for many years in HM Forces, John is currently a B Commission Officer (Major) within the training teams. He also works all over the world as part of a Close Protection Team, working and supporting the UN, Diplomats and high profile clients. John teaches Consulate staff medical training in hostile environments and is a highly qualified Medic, with Diplomas and a degree in trauma care.
John is married to Isabella, and they have three daughters and three grandchildren. In his spare time, John enjoys spending his time up mountains and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Health & Safety
Bernadette has project managed the implementation of complex safety systems to external accreditation level and played a pivotal role in the complex design of two new hospitals.
She is a RoSPA trained auditor with a Masters in Health, Safety and Environmental Management and has accumulated considerable experience in CDM.
Bernadette is a member of the Rotary Club of Callander and West Perthshire, and a Chartered Member of IOSH.
Health & Safety Manager
In his spare time, Graham enjoys going to concerts and spending time with his family – he has recently become a grandfather!