MEET THE TEAM

Sarah Mckenna

Managing Director

Specialist HR Recruiter


Sarah is a specialist HR recruiter with over 15 years experience in the industry. With a strong reputation for an authentic approach and high-quality service to both clients and candidates alike, Sarah has quickly become one of the most respected specialist HR recruiters in the North East.

Passionate about relationship building, Sarah prides herself on investing the time and effort necessary to truly understand her client’s objectives, company culture and perfect candidate fit. This commitment to ensuring the right candidate is placed in the right business, in the right role at all times has resulted in year on year growth since the business began in 2017.

Natalie Louicia Ball

People Partner

Partnership Development


Natalie is CIPD qualified with a background in UK & International HR. She brings with her a broad range of skills and experience including EA, office management and executive search.

In her role at Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment, Natalie supports with partnership development, process improvement, managing the day-to-day operations of the office and helping coordinate the recruitment process, in addition to organising all HR events.

RECOMMENDED PARTNERS

Collaboration and relationship building have been fundamental to the success of Sarah McKenna HR. As a result, we are delighted to share a curated selection of trusted partners whom the Sarah McKenna team wholeheartedly recommends. These esteemed partners embody our commitment to excellence and share our values of delivering exceptional service.

5050 future partner referral Sarah McKenna

50:50 Future is a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) training and consultancy company that values difference. As more organisations are realising the importance of diversity and inclusion – they go to 50:50 Future when they’re not sure where to start, who then lead the way.

With an informal approach, making you feel at ease; the 50:50 Future team encourage you to ask questions to get a deeper understanding of what can be a difficult topic.

What makes the 50:50 Future team different is that don’t just point out issues – they provide valuable solutions and training that will transform your business. To achieve this, they work in partnership with you to improve organisational performance in a way that aligns with your vision, mission and values.

Find out more on the 50:50 Future website here.

Jen Tait Rise Learning Group

An active member of the (CIPD), with over 15 years experience in new starter development, Jen is passionate about providing a best in class onboarding and induction experience from offer date to six months in-role. 

With a background in Contact Centre environments, Jen understands operational challenges and her work results in a return on investment, lower attrition, higher quality scores and competent, confident, loyal employees.

Jen values quality and takes a solutions-focused approach with clients, building long-lasting, trusting relationships.

Connect with Jen on Linkedin here.

Sub-10

A learning culture is a mindset within an organisation where learning and improvement are at the heart of how people prioritise their time, do their jobs, and interact with one another.

It’s a culture where people are actively seeking opportunities to develop themselves and others and to explore new ways for the organisation as a whole to improve.

subrina is sub-10’s continuous learning platform, providing bite-sized learning for businesses, that continuously boosts knowledge, skills and compliance – helping business to build and support a great learning culture all year round.

You can find our more about sub-10 here.

Oculus HR Logo

Oculus HR is a multi-award-winning HR consultancy. Vibrant, agile, and forward thinking, they offer trusted best practice HR support, knowledge and experience, as well as employment law advice, working across all sectors and with businesses of all sizes.

They advise on what is morally right – refreshing, revolutionary, real HR. Led by Chartered CIPD professional Louise Kennedy, their team has over 80 years of HR experience and has supported over 400 businesses. Their network of support and signposting services include counselling, occupational health, HR management systems, and HR masterclasses to upskill teams.

You can find our more about Oculus HR here.

VOLUNTARY ROLES

smart works

Smart Works Newcastle is a cause very dear to our heart. Since its inception in April 2018, the charity has supported over 1,000 women in their journey into work; from 1:1 interview preparation, to personalised styling sessions, this incredible organisation helps vulnerable females secure permanent employment.

As a HR Recruiter within the area, Sarah has bore witness to the wonderful work of this charity and has seen first hand the power of its services. For around four years now Sarah has volunteered for Smart Works Newcastle and has been heavily involved with their interview coaching processes.

Find out more about Smart Works here.

Smart Works Newcastle is a cause very dear to my heart. Since its inception in April 2018, the charity has supported over 1,000 women in their journey into work; from 1:1 interview preparation, to personalised styling sessions, this incredible organisation helps vulnerable females secure permanent employment. As a HR Recruiter within the area, I’ve bore witness to the wonderful work of this charity and have seen first hand the power of its services. For around four years now I have volunteered for Smart Works Newcastle and have been heavily involved with their interview coaching processes which is why your donations mean so much to me. Your money will allow Smart Works Newcastle to support even more women into employment.

For the last few years Sarah has volunteered with The Girl’s Network, a organisation set up to empower girls aged 14-19 from the least advantaged communities in England by pairing them with a mentor and network of role models who are women.

Passionate about supporting and inspiring the next generation Sarah has been volunteering as a mentor with The Girl’s Network for the past few years. Sharing her own experiences and skills with girls within the network to prove that it is possible to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities.

Find out more about The Girls Network here.