Our Experts

At Reach Higher Human Resources™ our experts are proven specialists in the field of employment law and human resources. With over forty years combined experience in operational management and HR there is very little that our experts have not dealt with during their highly successful professional careers.


Our Experts | Mark Butterick

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Mark Butterick | Co-owner RHHR™

Hi, I’m Mark. I have been working in operational management and senior HR roles for over twenty years. I have managed large teams of direct/indirect employees and subject matter experts both as an operational manager and, for many years, as an HR and employment law specialist. I have worked across the UK and internationally delivering highly challenging roles and projects.

I have worked in operational management, senior HRBP, Head of HR, HR Director and consultancy roles for many prominent organisations including: Compass, Wickes, Veolia, Xchanging and Royal Mail Group. I have provided strategic HR support to headcounts of up to 7,000, managed budgets of up to £14 million and advised extensively at executive board level.

I have received a number of prestigious awards during my career. In 2006 I received a Certificate of Individual Achievement from Henri Proglio, Chairman and CEO of Veolia at The Law Society in London. I was also winner of the Interserve Divisional People Development Award in 2011 after successfully delivering a broad spectrum of strategic organisational development projects that generated significant commercial results.

There is very little that I haven’t dealt with from an HR or employment law perspective and I firmly believe that my work must deliver clear commercial benefits. The numerous employers and clients I work with are always delighted with the immediate and significant value that I bring to their businesses.

In terms of professional qualifications I successfully completed a BA (Hons) in History at the University of Central Lancashire in 1999 and a Masters degree (MA) in HR and Employment Law at the Russell Group University of Leeds in 2005. I then qualified as a HR Practitioner at the University of Huddersfield in 2006 where I became a Certified Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). After a further six years working in senior HR roles I subsequently became a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD in 2011 (CFCIPD). I am PRINCE2 qualified at both foundation and practitioner level, NEBOSH level 3 qualified and a fully qualified DISC psychometric practitioner. I hold a Group Training Certificate from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Associate Membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (AIIRSM) and Technician Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Tech IOSH).

In 2012 I became an independent HR Consultant and Project Director. This led to the creation of Reach Higher Human Resources™, a concept that I developed in to a limited company and a business that now enjoys a proven track record of successful project delivery and client satisfaction. I am also a co-director of Reach Higher Home Services™, a specialist support services business that was incorporated in 2019 to provide assistance to both homeowners and commercial organisations

In 2015 I began my complementary career as a Lecturer in Reward Management, Pay Structures, Performance Management and Employee Motivation at Bradford University School of Management. In 2016 I was subsequently invited to become a Lecturer in Employment Law to MSc postgraduates at Loughborough University, where I am Course Leader at the School of Business and Economics. Loughborough is consistently rated as a top five university in the UK, the top university in the Midlands of England and the leading sports university worldwide. I designed, wrote and then developed this fully CIPD accredited course as a new subject at the university and experienced a threefold increase in student numbers during the first three years of delivery.

In 2019 I successfully completed a Certificate in Academic Practice at Loughborough University and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). In 2019 I also joined Leeds University Business School as a Postgraduate Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Management Consulting and People Analytics. These subjects are taught at Masters level with the latter forming part of the university’s CIPD accredited MA in Human Resource Management. The University of Leeds is rated as the number one university in the North of England and consistently ranks as one of the most prestigious universities both in Europe and worldwide. In 2020 I became a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI).  I also began learning Mandarin Chinese with the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds.

In my spare time I like taking long walks with my Dachshund and I enjoy watching football and cricket now that my playing days are well behind me. I am also an avid reader, amateur gardener and I particularly enjoy spending time with my family.


Our Experts | Claire Butterick

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Claire Butterick | Co-owner RHHR™

Hi, I’m Claire. I have worked for a number of high profile employers including Cadbury, the University of Stirling and the University of Huddersfield. Many of the roles I have undertaken have had a strong focus upon business development and operational compliance. Experience which is vitally important to the work I now do for Reach Higher Human Resources™.

My first degree was completed at the University of Hull and in 2017 I successfully completed a Masters degree in HR and Employment Law at the University of Leeds where I achieved a distinction and became an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. My thesis research looked at the experiences of women returning to work following childbirth. The work I produced gave me a very detailed understanding of HR and employment law issues affecting both employers and employees in the modern workplace.

Away from Reach Higher Human Resources™ I also have a part-time role as the Dementia Coordinator for Age UK in Calderdale. In this role I match befrienders to people living with dementia with the objective of reducing social isolation and loneliness. My role includes interviewing and onboarding volunteers in to befriending roles. My knowledge of both business and HR best practice are extremely useful in delivering this highly rewarding work.

In my spare time I particularly enjoy quizzes and reading. In the recent past I have also developed, to my own surprise, a love of snooker and darts. In terms of the former I have been to World Championship finals in Sheffield. Much to the surprise of my large family, with whom I also love to spend as much time as possible.


HR and employment law are hugely challenging areas where employers cannot afford to take risks. Our experts are able to quickly understand even the most complex of issues and use their high levels of experience and professional acumen to enhance and protect our clients’ businesses.

Having our HR and employment experts in your corner is a wise move that provides exceptional return on investment. Please contact us now to discuss your needs and find out how we can help.