Todays Foundation friend is:

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  • July 29, 2011

This Section of the blog is all about people and the actions they take to make the Community Foundation for Calderdale “the charity for local charities’. People featured will, in some way – either through donations of money, pledges, membership, pro bono work, time or ideas – have significantly contributed to the success of the Foundation over the past twenty years. For more information about the Foundation please visit

Today’s Foundation Friend is: Spencer Lord

Spencer is a partner at organic hr, a human resources consultancy started in April 2010 and based in the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax. Organic hr was one of several Calderdale businesses represented at the Foundation’s last ‘Sharing the Vision’ event in May, who freely offered their time and shared their expertise with local voluntary sector organisations.

From the outset, the team at organic hr were committed to developing a socially responsible business that contributed to Calderdale – and they have remained true to this vision, utilising the skills within the business to achieve a positive impact by making human resources, personnel and management support accessible and affordable to local voluntary sector organisations.

When working with any of their clients – be they manufacturers, government agencies, software developers, or anything in between! – they employ innovative techniques to identify and build upon existing strengths and transfer skills, thus supporting the long-term development of the organisations that they help.

This ‘organic’ approach is especially beneficial to voluntary organisations as it delivers lasting value with low levels of investment. To this, organic hr add preferential rates and wherever possible their own time free of charge.

Some of the community oriented work they have undertaken includes:

  • Providing free HR compliance checks for local charities
  • Supporting a local hospice with a strategic HR planning project
  • Supporting the Halifax branch of a national charity with employee mediation
  • Pro Bono Consultancy work on the Community Foundation’s Durability and Sustainability initiative
  • Pro Bono interim HR Director work for a charity that employs vulnerable adults.

Spencer has been a management consultant specialising in HR for six years, prior to which he worked for a period as a nightclub manager – a career path which he describes as ‘not the traditional route!’ Originally from Hebden Bridge, he attended Crossley Heath School before going on to study at Lancaster and Leeds.

If you believe that organic hr warrant a New Business award, or Spencer a Young Business Person award at this year’s Halifax Courier Business Awards why not tweet the Editor of the Halifax Courier or email and show your support.

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