Aby Mason

HR Advisor

Tell us about you

I’ve worked in HR and Recruitment for around 12 years in total, including commercial high street recruitment, recruitment & HR for one of the largest worldwide companies (Vodafone) followed by setting up the HR function for a small charity which held the very first Royal patronage, awarded by Queen Victoria! I also have a varied experience in other areas, including retail management in the wine trade, FMCG sales, and running 2 of my own businesses – arts and crafts classes and parties for children, and a boudoir photography studio.

I live in West Sussex, and have a 19 year old daughter at University, and 2 gorgeous rescue dogs.

Tell us about your role and how you can help / support

As an HR Advisor with Aspiring HR, I support our HR Business Partners in any way I can to deliver professional generalist support to companies of all sizes and in all sectors. I work directly with our clients to assist with HR matters across the board.

A day in the life of a HR Advisor

No two days are the same! The role is very much a mixture of proactive and reactive work – this can range from advising on processes and procedures, giving guidance on employment law, assisting with practical application of legal or Government guidance and frameworks (such as the recent myriad of ever changing covid related guidance!) through to researching and advising on up and coming trends and industry best practice.

What do you love most about your role?

Working with a great, supportive and friendly team with a huge variety of skills to draw on and learn from! I also really enjoy the variety of clients and types of work.

What’s your greatest achievement?

There are a few – in no particular order!

Reciting the alphabet backwards in less than 6 seconds live on Radio 2!

Trekking the Great Wall of China and raising over £4000 for the charity I was working for

Gaining my degree

Passing my WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust Higher Certificate) with a distinction

Passing my CIPD with a distinction

Who is your role model?

Far too difficult to name just one!  But someone I really admire is Juliette Gellatley – she is the Founder and Director of Viva!, the animal rights charity, and has worked tirelessly to raise this agenda for over 35 years.

Also Eartha Kitt – an incredibly strong woman who rose from a life of poverty and injustice.

How do you switch off and take some time out?

I love spending time with my 2 rescue dogs – we go for long walks, as well as Canicross running and Flyball training and competitions. 

I am an Encaustic artist – there aren’t many of us in the UK! This involves painting using molten beeswax.

I am an enthusiastic plant-based cook and my kitchen is somewhere I like to unwind – although eating out is also a great “time out” activity!