Member blog – Mhairi Mackenzie Associates

April 6, 2018

People are at the heart and soul of every successful business. However, people matters can be complex, urgent, time-consuming and must be carried out in a legal, professional and ethical manner.


The “People Lifecycle” incorporates recruitment, retention, developing, mentoring and coaching staff, diversity & equality, employment law, succession planning right, performance improvement through to exiting employees where necessary – and everything in between!

Some HR matters, such as investigation, should be carried out by an impartial third party, and often the Manager or Business Owner is “too close” to personnel issues to deal with difficult situations effectively and impartially.

Mhairi Mackenzie Associates offers a flexible and cost-effective Consultancy solution for SMEs who have no in-house HR support, or with limited or stretched HR resources. Mhairi operates an independent Scottish consultancy, based in Crail, supporting businesses requiring People support by offering a highly cost-effective alternative to having permanent HR personnel – you only pay for the time required and fees can be structured to make them flexible and affordable. Mhairi is also happy to work in partnership with clients’ HR team members on project work and integrates seamlessly with the clients’ team.

Mhairi Mackenzie Associates Ltd offers a comprehensive range of People Solutions including:

Strategic resourcing incorporating the entire Talent Acquisition Lifecycle including Workforce Talent planning, sourcing to Executive level, Employer Branding, writing adverts and job specifications, screening & interviewing, as well as coaching clients on successful interviewing skills. Mhairi is a results-driven and approachable professional who specialises in resourcing problem solving and filling niche and ‘impossible to fill’ vacancies. Mhairi works in close partnership with clients to ensure she sources candidates who have the right skills for the job and cultural fit for your organisation, meaning they will stay and be successful.

HR Services from employment contracts, staff handbook, compliance, systems/processes, quality, diversity and equality, employment law, investigations, disciplinaries to dismissals and redundancies.

Mhairi is a member of both the Chartered Member of Personnel Development (CIPD) and FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) and offers bespoke support to clients in many capacities, tailored to clients’ specific needs. Mhairi is also a qualified practitioner in behavioural profiling Psychometrics.

Mhairi has worked in Talent Management and HR for more than 20 years and was Managing Director of an oil and gas recruitment business, which she grew from a loss-making position to turnover of £8.6m before relocating to Fife in 2009. Since then, Mhairi has undertaken interim roles helping businesses grow through Organisational Development, becoming more successful through the growth and success of their teams. Mhairi has a wide range of private sector experience from setting up systems and processes and all ‘grass roots systems’ to building strong teams, focused or Organisational Development and Success.

The majority of Mhairi’s business comes from repeat business and client recommendations.
Costs are calculated on a pro-rata day rate basis, providing a cost-effective HR solution tailored to individual business’s needs.

For more information, or to arrange a meeting, please contact Mhairi on 07788 485685 or email
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