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THRESHOLD: The HR consultants
THE WORKERS say that HR consultant Christine Pratt has been hired to deal with staffing issues, including an investigation in February for which her company was paid £1,800.
“There is an atmosphere which makes people afraid to talk about things,” Mr Niester said. “Christine Pratt has been called in and, while she is meant to be neutral, she once had a line on her website which said she was working in partnership with Cher Sawyer-Smith.
“The question is why are these investigations needed and why can’t they be carried out by the management or trustees? I wonder how the many people who donate to the charity feel about the money being spent on hiring a consultant to intervene on staffing matters?
“For example the £1,800 paid to Pratt in February would fund our day centre for a whole year.”
When questions were put to Mrs Pratt she said her company never comments on “confidential” matters.