My name is Lesley, or some people call me ‘Lellie’. I currently live in Lymm, Cheshire with my husband, Chris. Sadly we lost our gorgeous Russian Black Terrier, Nikki in July 2017 and she leaves a very big hole in our lives.

I grew up in rural Herefordshire, near to the border with Wales and the town of Monmouth. A beautiful but somewhat dull place to grow up, I longed for the big city and after a summer holiday working in Wolverhampton, I headed to Manchester for university, where I studied a degree in History, but spent most of my time working my part-time job at the driving theory testing centre or going to gigs. After graduating, my partner and I chose to stay in the North West, moving to Lymm purely because it was half-way between our new workplaces in South Manchester and Warrington.

Since then, Lymm and Cheshire has become home, despite work often taking me elsewhere at times. I love the fantastic community here and have made many friends through Lymm Ladies Circle and Round Table. With my mum’s family up the road too, Cheshire feels more like home now than Monmouth ever did. That said, I miss living somewhere truly rural and as Manchester’s commuter belt continues to encroach on the Cheshire countryside, I do find myself longing for the rolling fields of my childhood.

Professionally, I work in HR as a learning and talent development specialist, helping develop leaders of the future. I am fascinated by the world of work and am particularly interested in the way technology is changing the future of work and HR. Some of my professional interests include graduate and early career talent development, diversity, inclusion, authentic leadership, social learning, collaboration, workplace technology and flexible working. I often tweet about these topics and more over at twitter – @lellielesley. You can learn more about my career history here.

Outside of work, I enjoy knitting, music, board games (especially Ticket to Ride, Takenoko and Machi Koro), camping, canoeing, swimming (outdoors ideally) and much more. I am addicted to my smartphone and spend too much time on social media. I also enjoy writing and try to blog now and again. Learn more about life outside of work here.