Human Resources Forum

Co-chaired by Pia Dekkers, Human Resources Director, Chanel and Melanie Stancliffe, Partner – Employment, Irwin Mitchell LLP


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A Business Studies Graduate, Pia joined Harrods Graduate Training scheme and during this time embarked upon her Training and HR career. After 10 years at HARRODS She then chose to work as an interim HR Director at a number of companies including a mix of commercial and not for profit ventures such as the Millennium Dome.  Pia has been with Chanel for 10 years in July 2017 (which she says has passed by 'plus vite') She is Human Resources/OD Director responsible for the UK, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Panama. She was delighted to be asked to be chairman for the HR Forum and hopes to be able to prove her worthiness of the trust put in her.


melanie stancliffe





Melanie provides practical employment advice to businesses, directors, partner/members and employees, particularly to clients in the financial services and technology sectors. She has 18 years’ experience in this area and has expertise in negotiating contracts and settlement agreements.

Melanie advises boards on their business structures and throughout reorganisation proceedings. She also assists businesses in making their acquisitions and sales.

She has experience in handling a variety of cases, including:
  • International work
  • Unfair dismissals
  • Whistle-blowing
  • Equal pay
  • Discrimination claims
  • Restrictive covenant and bonus litigation

Melanie is a French speaker and heads our French Group. She is ranked as an expert in legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.


Aims & objectives
Attracting the highest management levels of the HR world, this Forum offers HR professionals of both small and large organisations an informal setting to share best practice and experiences on issues which impact their departments and, ultimately, their employees. It was tailored to meet the requirements of its members who set the annual agenda and determine future topics. Speakers are invited from member and non-member organisations, encouraging discussion and the exchange of experiences from a wide range of industries. The Forum provides an excellent opportunity for networking between members. It has an ultimate goal of reviewing the impact of employer legislation and, in the long term, influencing future decisions in this area. 


Upcoming sessions

Next session will be on  Thursday 17 May 2018 from 8.30 to 10.00 at the French Chamber

Theme: 'UK Tax Compliance Considerations for a Globally Mobile Workforce – the rules'

Guest Speakers: Charlotte Firth, Manager, James Cowper Kreston and Lucy Langham, HR Manager, Mechadyne

By invitation only. Register your interest with Ophélie Martinel.

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Past sessions 
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