Our People

People Management
We are a team of business professionals, consultants and occupational psychologists; our staff base is structured to ensure you have the personal attention of highly experienced practitioners at all stages of your assignment. We have a carefully developed and flexible team of over 40 specialist associates who will be selected to work alongside you.

At Benson Payne we deliberately operate with a ‘top-heavy’ structure – the significant majority of our consulting team having held senior executive positions prior to joining our company. This we feel guarantees you the experienced, high-level support required for realising people focused success.

The team at Benson Payne is committed to the process of transferring the skills that are necessary for the subsequent management and development of new processes in-house by our clients. We are successful if our clients can manage without us on completion of our assignments!

Michael J Payne BA (Hons), FCIB, FCIPD, FRSA – Managing Director

HR Management
Formed Benson Payne in December 1989, he was previously a senior management consultant with Price Waterhouse. Prior to that, he was Staff Controller at The Halifax.

Over 35 years in-depth experience in strategic Human Resource Management including 28 years as a top management consultant worldwide, with ‘blue chip’ clients in both the private, public and charity sectors. Industries worked in include: central and local government, banking, finance, engineering, retail, food and drink, textiles, oil, estate agency, transport, pharmaceuticals, civil service and education.

His work for major organisations has included extensive Human Asset Management including Strategic HR at Board level, trouble shooting and delivering complex consulting and interim assignments. He has had considerable experience in psychometrics, selection and recruitment, building high performing teams, corporate communications, motivation, transformation, job evaluation, performance appraisal, culture change, diversity policy, and assessment centres.

He is regarded as a high profile and charismatic person who has considerable leadership ability and drive which get results. As such, he is frequently used as a guest speaker on conferences and training programmes and asked to sort out difficult managerial situations which may involve executive coaching and reorganisation at a senior level.

Mike has extensive global HR experience. In addition to working in a US bank, he has experience of the Middle East, Far East, Europe, Russia and Former Soviet Union countries. He has worked in locations such as Beirut and Baku for both British multi-national companies and the UN. He has delivered courses for the European Commission in Paris.

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