Meet the Sentient Team

Our fully qualified HR Services and Employment Law experts act as your own in-house HR department, providing help and guidance on anything from Employee Handbooks, to advising and participating in Employment Tribunals and Court Hearings. Similarly our Health and Safety specialists are there to provide advice on risk assessments, develop your Health and Safety Policy and carry out accident investigations on an as needed basis.

If your business handles or prepares food then our Food Hygiene and Safety experts can assist you with all aspects of your Food Safety Management System and provide help and guidance on what to expect in any Environment Health Food Safety Inspection. Finally we offer a wide range of management training courses in all aspects of HR, Health and Safety and Food Hygiene plus many other soft skills.

Management Team

Graeme Brown - Managing Director

Graeme is Sentient's Managing Director after having started the Company with Martin. He uses his knowledge and experience to ensure that Sentient focus on providing "no nonsense" advice to our clients.

Highly respected by his colleagues' for his approachable, engaging and inclusive style in leading the firm. With a solid loyal client base, that compliment Graeme and his team on a weekly basis for their professionalism, customer care and understanding approach.


Martin Bate - Commercial Director

Martin says he spent his early HR career “in a proper job working in manufacturing” at the same time adding professional qualifications in HR Management and holds a Corporate Member of CIPD.  Spent 15 years in UK, US and European owned engineering / manufacturing businesses at HR Officer and Manager level.  Learned the ropes quickly and was fully involved in all facets of HR Management, Employment Law and Industrial Relations.  Then moved into consultancy management in 1994.  After heading up combined operations for one of the country’s top three HR and H&S Consultancies took the step into self employment setting up Sentient in 2003.  He is still usually the first one in and last one out.  Sees every day as an opportunity to help an employer, learn something new and of course add to the growing client base.

Fiona McQuillan - Operations Director

Fiona's responsibilities include overseeing the consultants and the admin team as well as general supervision of all client matters. She uses her knowledge and experience to assist in the firm's procedures and operations. Fiona works closely with the Managing Director and Commercial Director to ensure that the clients receive the best service. 


Employment Consultancy

Paul Robertshaw - Solicitor/HR Consultant

Paul is an Employment Law Solicitor, as well as being a HR consultant.  He holds a LLBLLM and Masters Degree (MA) in Employment Law and Employment Relations.  If your business is faced with an employment law problem, Paul will use his vast experience in this area to provide pragmatic advice with reference to the latest legal decisions and developments.  His good understanding of how legislation translates into practical work-place applications sets him apart from most employment lawyers and whether it is dealing with queries on holidays through to negotiating Settlement Agreements or Employment Tribunal handling, you will find Paul a real value to your business.

Graeme Edgar - HR Consultant

Graeme has a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree and is a Corporate Member of CIPD.  Graeme worked as an HR Manager for over 20 years in large organisations, public sector and Local Authority organisations before making the move into consultancy work.  He has the practical knowledge of day to day people management required to help you manage your business.

Steven Gilbey - Business Law Consultant

Steven is a solicitor specialising in Commercial and Corporate matters. Steven believes in building strong relationships with his clients to ensure he understands their business and the desired outcome. He often advises clients in relation to Commercial and Contractual Disputes, Company Formations and Dissolutions, Property Disputes, Lease Disputes, Debt Recovery and Partnership Disputes.

Health & Safety Consultants

Andrew Foley - Food Safety and Health & Safety Consultant

Andrew is a Chartered Environmental Health practitioner, and worked for a Local Authority for 11 years specialising in food and workplace safety. He investigated a number of serious food incidents and occupational accidents, involving prosecution in the Crown Court.  He has extensive experience of high risk food manufacture and now helps clients comply with food and safety law including, conducting HACCP studies, shelf-life evaluation, risk assessments, Health and Safety Policy systems and staff training.  Andrew specialises in defending allegations of food poisoning, prosecution, attending PACE interviews, witness statements and questioning techniques. He can also carry out privileged internal audits and report, always with reputation protection in mind.

Juliette Pickering - Health & Safety Consultant

Juliette holds the NEBOSH diploma and has a degree in Environmental Science. Her ten+ years’ of practical health, safety and environmental experience has been gained within a manufacturing and engineering environment building on her earlier office based responsibilities. Areas of special interest include technical aspects (e.g. Noise Survey work, Fire and DSEAR) which augment her clear understanding of process and machine based safety matters.

Russell Myers - Health & Safety Consultant

Russell is professionally qualified in Environmental Health and holding IOSH Chartered Membership he specialises in health and safety having worked as an enforcement officer in an earlier life.  His special focus is on manufacturing but with a broad background of food and hospitality behind him means he can provide support to most employer sectors.  Considers himself a gamekeeper turned poacher.

Support Staff

Catherine Nichols - Office Administrator / Accounts

Catherine holds a professional CIPD qualification and works closely with the Commercial Director Martin and the consultants.  She also manages the day-to-day accounts and sales processes.  Clients will soon get used to Catherine making contact to ensure all safety visits are planned and booked in. 

Mandy Rafferty - Operations / Training Administrator

Mandy has an Honours Degree in Business Management and the chances are if you call into the office, Mandy will be the first person you speak to.  Mandy also deals all the training enquiries that come into the office as well as assisting the consultants with the production of client documents. 

Louise Luckcuck - Administration Manager

In her role as Administration Manager, Louise is responsible for ensuring the administration function of the firm runs efficiently. Louise also works closely with the Managing Director and Finance Manager for project management and facilities management..


Michaela Bruszniewski - Finance Manager

Michaela is responsible for overseeing the Finance functions of the firm. Michaela has a strong financial and systems background having worked as a motor trade accountant for 20 years, IT consultant for 5 years and in Legal Practices for 12 years. Michaela understands the relationship between good strong systems and procedures and strong financial management and the need to successfully balance both to help the business run profitably and efficiently.