About Dawson Kaveney HR
Originally founded in 2008 as ‘Kaveney HR Solutions Limited’, the business became Dawson Kaveney HR in January 2022 when Helen Dawson took over the business from Sue Kaveney.
Helen shares a similar style and approach to HR to Sue, which stands her in good stead to continue to support businesses who like an honest and down to earth approach.
Helen is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) having operated in Senior HR roles for more than 10 years.
She has over 20 years' experience of dealing with all aspects of HR and the Employee Lifecycle including managing people, employment law and legislation, recruitment, selection, retention, exits, policy implementation and management, employee relations, managing change, training & development, performance management and absence management.
Helen started her career with a local manufacturing and distribution business where she worked for more than 20 years, joining the business in their production team and progressing to a Senior HR position within the business.
Since then, Helen has broadened her sector experience working in the legal, hospitality and start up sectors.
She has a sound commercial mind, helping businesses achieve their desired outcomes whilst being honest and realistic about how these can be achieved. She enjoys working with businesses to really help shape an organisation and create a positive working environment. All of this done in a relaxed and personal way.
Helen is an active member of the local CIPD Cumbria Branch and volunteers her time to support other HR colleagues and those developing their careers and experience in the world of human resources.
Outside of her professional life, Helen enjoys time with her family and friends including her husband Mark and step-daughter Jessica, who know all about her two other great loves - her cats and her car!
Her friends describe her as honest, reliable and good fun to be around - all traits that Helen likes to apply to her work too!
Helen and the original business owner Sue remain great friends, regularly encouraging each other to venture outside in the soggy Cumbrian weather for a run and when diaries align lifting weights together at the gym. Of course, there's the more relaxed food-related activities that they enjoy together too!
Helen gives time every week to charitable causes, including spending her Sunday morning at the local animal refuge, and is a regular volunteer for the Royal British Legion at Poppy Appeal time.