Vikki Marsden

HR Business Partner

Tell us about you

I live in Horsham with my partner and 2 teenage stepsons. I spend a lot of my spare time walking the dog, watching the boys play sport, cricket in the summer / football in the winter, going to the gym and more recently training for a 10k run – I am not a runner and have been roped into this for a good cause! I have 3 nephews and a niece who I adore and love spending time with the extended family.

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

My background is in the Travel and Hospitality sectors, mainly in strategic and operational management roles. I decided some years ago to complete my CIPD qualification and focus more on the ‘people’ side of the business. Now working with Aspiring I am able to use my experience and support the business’s we work with, with a commercial and operational lens offering a pragmatic approach in my work.

A day in the life of a Senior HR Advisor

It is varied, reactive and never the same as the day before! As senior HR advisor I support our clients with anything from Recruitment projects, Benchmarking, Employee Engagement and Development as well as Policy work, Legislation, Training, Payroll and all that’s in-between!

What do you love most about your role?

Like the rest of the team, I love that no two days are the same! There is plenty of variety in what we do and the opportunity to engage with so many different people. We have a great team at Aspiring who are incredibly collaborative, so it’s also such a supportive environment to work in!

What’s your greatest achievement? 

I completed a sky dive at 15,000 feet and abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, both for charity, raising significant funds for Chestnut Tree House.

Who is your role model / idol / greatest inspiration?                                    

I definitely have more than one but I feel particularly inspired by people who fight for their beliefs, for change and for good like Malala Yousafzai. Malala stood up and fought for the rights of girls to be educated and spoke openly against the Taliban who had banned girls from attending school in Pakistani. Malala was shot on her way to school by the Taliban, she survived and went on to become the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

How do you switch off and take some time out?

I love a beach walk with the dog and the family, its one of the few things we can drag the teenagers off for with minimal protest! A glass of wine with friends, dinner out or a trip to London to see a show. I am also keen on travel so if given half a chance a trip away whether it’s a few days or a week is always a yes from me!