Why choose Peas in a Pod as your HR Strategic Partner?

The Peas of The Pod

Back in 2016, two best friends wanted to revolutionise and redefine what the true essence of HR is by positioning the people and culture support function firmly where it should be; at the heart of every business growth strategy

Their professional partnership was built on their mutual understanding and respect for people-orientated development and understanding of its impact on business productivity. With two different skill sets, together, Rebecca and Kay pride themselves on providing exactly the type of hands-on people that small business owners need to grow and scale their businesses.

Since then, POD HQ has grown into a truly impactful team of passionate, like-minded and proactive individuals who all offer something unique to the table, challenge each other’s thinking and come together to service our client’s variety of needs.

Our Team

Rebecca Beard

Director and CIPD HR Consultant,
aka ‘Compliance Queen’

Rebecca’s role as Lead HR Consultant is to keep our clients’ procedurally safe and contractually compliant, ensuring their employer obligations are understood and met.

CIPD qualified with a Law degree and legal representation experience, there’s not much that phases Rebecca; she gets her kicks from unpicking gnarly ER issues and has pretty much seen it all (but we are happy for you to put that to the test!)

Fondly known as “the Colonel” for her ability to say it how it is and get stuff done, Rebecca is also a trained Workplace Mediator, Leadership Development coach and experienced Operations Director which makes her a multi threat in terms of what she brings to our client base.

Kay Coombs

Director and People Consultant,
aka ‘Culture Queen’

Our resident Culture Queen and guardian of employee engagement, Kay believes that in any business people are the magic dust that make it sparkle.

With extensive experience in managing high performing teams, Kay’s is also a gifted Business Coach, trained facilitator and qualified Motivational Mapper. She is fascinated by the psychology of the workplace and is soon to become an NLP Practitioner.

Kay’s the go-to when it comes to helping our clients create strategies to get the very best from the people they employ.

Beth Kennell

Office Manager

Because apparently “Freakin Miracle Worker” is not an official job title.

Beth keeps the office running smoothly and oversees our HR service centre; she is the first port of call for client queries and provides HR and recruitment admin support throughout the entire employee life cycle.

Beth’s creative and digital skills are insanely special, which makes her the perfect guardian of the Peas brand as well as our social media manager. Regularly commissioned by our clients to create and beautify their company documentation, from strategic plans to culture books, no document leaves our office without her magical stamp on it.

Natalie Close

CIPD HR Consultant

With 18 years multi-sector international HR experience, Natalie is also a qualified HSE Advisor, experienced Finance Manager and GDPR oracle!

When she isn’t lending her expertise on client HR matters involving payroll, health and safety, quality standards, TUPE or Apprenticeship schemes (to name a few!), she is providing invaluable assistance and HR procedural support to Rebecca.

“We love their ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude. They are clued up ladies who know their stuff yet still come across as congenial and full of fun.”

Fiona Sanderson, Miss S Business Support Ltd

Pod Values

We preach about the importance of developing a great company culture and embedding core values to live and breathe by everyday – and here are ours.

Real from the get-go

We form relationships based on our keystone belief that trust is given, mistrust is earned. We operate transparently, keep it real and work on the basis we’re all here trying to do the right things for the right reasons, even when sh*t goes left.


We’ll do (almost) anything to encourage people to lead from wherever they sit. We relentlessly role model a leadership mindset; we empower, we influence, we own our stuff and we insist the people we work with do the same.

We get it done

We drive the importance of an ownership mentality, so we gotta practise what we preach. If we say we’ll do it, we’ll do it. We hustle hard and we’ll always aim to give our absolute best so that every client and every stakeholder becomes a raving fan.

No power plays

We don’t go in for pretentious management speak and we won’t make you feel bad if things aren’t going to plan. You can expect us to listen, empathise and communicate in a way that is non-judgemental, clear and helpful. After all, we’re here to elevate and succeed together.

Love what we do

We don't take ourselves too seriously until we need to. Our joy is sparked by partnering with like-minded people and nurturing flourishing businesses. We graft hard but we have fun along the way. We may not be a fit for everyone but if you take a spontaneous dance break at your desk when a banging tune comes on the office radio, we’re likely to get on.

Who We Work With

We count ourselves lucky to work with these clients and partners, whose own values align with ours, creating magical business relationships that mature like a good wine.

Some of our amazing clients:

Our strategic partners:

How We Work

Our Pay As You Go HR advice and support gives the flexibility our smaller clients want to take care of any people related matters or issues as they arise.  

We also understand that retainer-based pricing may be the better option for more sustained businesses (we’d say with 10+ employees) looking to develop a more proactive and dedicated people support function, and we can create a plan that works for you and your budget.

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