Ellisons Solicitors has appointed Lizzy Firmin as the firm’s first dedicated HR Director.

Recognising the importance of the human resources function within the firm, Lizzy joins the firm’s Business Support Group team based at its headquarters in Colchester. She will also be a key member of Ellisons’ management board.

Lizzy will manage Ellisons’ HR function; delivering people management and wider business improvement solutions that have a real, positive impact on business performance.

Lizzy has over 15 years’ experience working at a senior leadership level in the private and public sector, spanning both HR and operational leadership. Prior to joining Ellisons, Lizzy spent two years working in professional services in a senior consultancy role with a range of businesses, and prior to that held HR leadership roles at the Border Force, Hutchison Ports and Trinity House.

To support Ellisons’ ongoing commitment to its highly-regarded team, Lizzy will focus on key areas such as talent and organisational development, diversity and inclusion, colleague benefits and performance management. This approach will underpin the firm’s ambitious business plan, ensuring commercial objectives are delivered, whilst attracting, retaining and nurturing the best talent throughout Essex and Suffolk.

Commenting on her appointment, Lizzy said: “My passion is making sure people are performing at their best and that HR strategy offers a tangible and real impact across an organisation. I very much look forward to working with Ellisons’ progressive and forward-thinking team, helping them to develop the career they want to create whilst working with the board to achieve our commercial objectives. It is a firm with an established good reputation, and I’m very excited to see what the future holds for Ellisons.”

John Turner, Ellisons’ COO commented: “It’s an exciting time for Ellisons, as we enter our next phase of growth and organisational development. Our people are at the heart of our success and Lizzy will be a fantastic addition to the team to ensure we flourish both individually and as a business. I very much look forward to working with Lizzy.”