About Viridian HR

At Viridian HR we have experience working in fast paced environments with the challenges and rewards that it brings. We constantly learn and apply new people management thinking in a pragmatic way to support leadership teams in a way that makes sense for their business and people. Working with modern organisations, we know the value you place on your teams and what they deliver for your business.

As we cover both French and UK HR, clients often initially reach out because of the differences in culture between the two countries, and the gaps this can cause in day to day team management. We are also often asked about French law, which is rather complicated and has changed immensely over the last few years.

We believe that well-rounded HR professionals should be driven by high levels of integrity, passion and a true care for customers to gain a deep understanding of a business’s goals and issues. We apply these values in our day to day practice of HR and put at your service all the expertise and energy necessary to enable you to walk away feeling satisfied that you and your business have been well cared for. We pride ourselves in delivering HR advice that is pragmatic and makes commercial sense.

We have worked within various industries ranging from E-commerce to Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing, Care, Retail and Hospitality. We are also experienced in dealing with fast growing, multi-site, multi-country, dynamic and highly customer focused organisations and have start-up experience. We’re told that our Anglo-French experience is quite unique and enjoy supporting our clients if this is how they operate.

With us, you can always expect to find in your Consultant all the qualities that you would get from a trusted internal Senior HR professional.

Our Mission:

We help businesses achieve their potential through effective and modern People practices. We aim to make a difference to business performance and working lives, because these go hand in hand.

Our Promise:

Being the best fit for your business is paramount. If by the end of day one you’re not sure that your consultant is the right person for the job, we’ll offer you a full refund.

Our Values:

Leadership – what we do today shapes the future
Pragmatism – we focus on what can be achieved
Passion – gives us the energy to aim high
Collaboration – we’re in it together
Quality – we don’t settle for less

About our Team

Karine Lipinski, Chartered FCIPD – Principal Consultant

After almost 20 years of intense experience in Human Resources and People Management at all levels, Karine Lipinski founded Viridian HR to meet the HR needs of other Senior Executives. Her approach to HR is very much driven by commercial goals and as such operates in the mindset of a true HR Business Partner.

As part of her background, Karine has gained international experience and is culturally integrated in both the UK and France with a French Law degree and Master’s Degrees in Human Resources in both countries.

Before founding Viridian HR, she supported a number of well established organisations such as Photobox, EnGlobe, Renault and Telelogic (now part of IBM) and is comfortable working in post-merger and acquisition environments with all the challenges that they bring. As a person, Karine is highly organised, pragmatic, passionate, approachable and transparent which makes it easy to relate to her.

As well as running Viridian HR, Karine is involved in other volunteering causes. As such, she is also the Vice-Chair of the CIPD Chiltern Branch, and regularly mentors other HR professionals. Her interests are diverse and, as well as appreciating literature of the 19th Century, she enjoys a good MMORPG. To see more about her, please visit her LinkedIn profile.

Baptiste Marais – HR Consultant

Baptiste has nearly 20 years of experience in management, customer relations, and operational human resources management.

After graduating from Sciences Po Lyon and obtaining a postgraduate degree in communication, he has worked in companies of various sizes, from start-ups to multinationals.

The different positions he has held have convinced him of the importance of the human factor in the economic results of organisations and the advantages of a simple and transparent relationship between employees.

Baptiste has been living in the UK for over 3 years and is passionate about the cultural aspects of expatriation.

Visit Baptiste’s LinkedIn profile to find out more.

Emmanuelle Sutton – HR Assistant

Emmanuelle has over 15 year’s experience in marketing, customer service and training in the IT industry. She has worked as a European training manager for a major American IT company where her role consisted in organising and supervising the delivery of all technical training in 12 European countries.

As part of her background, Emmanuelle is university educated and has lived in England for over 28 years. She is culturally integrated in both the UK and France and is fluent in both languages.

In her spare time, Emmanuelle has a passion for teaching and she works part-time for a local grammar school where she prepares GCSE and A Level students for their French exams. She also tutor adult learners. To learn more about her, please visit her LinkedIn profile.