Who we are

Helping Organisations Prosper through their People

Distinctive People HR and OD Consultancy Ltd was established during 2015, by two founding Directors – Denise Kirkham and Mark Glinwood.

We are highly experienced consultants and business professionals, who have an interest in organisations of the future. Our work is delivered through ourselves and a handpicked network of multi-talented business and people management professionals, who work with us on an Associate basis.

Our purpose is to connect expertise to help organisations prosper through People – socially, financially and intellectually. We work with businesses to prepare, shape and transform their offering - concentrating on customer and growth markets through their people. Our philosophy recognises that the business challenges of the future are not the ones of today; and that they increasingly demand new and distinctive thinking to align to changing workforce demographics.

Our organisational ethos is based on the following:

  • We adopt a product-led approach and work across sectors.
  • We work in a tailored way with clients - we don't 'pile em high' or provide 'off the shelf' solutions.
  • We work closely with, and get to know our clients and their organisations.
  • We pride ourselves on our customer focus, and our professionalism.
  • We focus on the future, whilst acknowledging organisational heritage.

Denise Kirkham

Denise Kirkham

An experienced and enthusiastic Executive Resourcing and OD professional, with proven skills across sectors, working with organisations and clients across the UK.

Denise demonstrates a professional and engaging approach with clients, and is highly experienced at working with Boards and Executive teams in an advisory and developmental capacity.

Qualified to Level A and B in Occupational Testing, Myers Briggs and ILM 7 Executive coaching studies, Denise works closely with clients to implement tailor-made solutions which produce excellent resources with appropriate skills and clear cultural fit. Having held posts at Directorlevel across sectors, Denise also understands the challenges faced by Boards and Leadership Teams, and is able to provide advice and support accordingly. Throughout her consultancy career, Denise has worked closely with clients acrossthe UK. She hasled and delivered on major Culture Change projects, provided advice on organisational structures linked to a change in strategic focus, and designed and implemented Competency Frameworks and Appraisal processes.

Through her earlier career in the private sector, Denise developed strong commercialskills, and a clear understanding of Customer Focus, which has resulted in the design and delivery of innovative Customer Excellence programmes in a number of organisations.

Mark Glinwood

Mark Glinwood

As an experienced HR executive holding a Masters degree in Human Resource Management.

Mark combines a powerful mix of commercial, technical and people skillsthat have enabled him to deliver outcomes that add true value to the organisations with whom he has worked.

Key Commercial HR Strengths

  • Reward Specialist – psychological, design, implementation & compliance
  • A visionary orchestrator of business transformation & change
  • A tactical and strategic practitioner of employment legislation, driven by commercial efficiency
  • Designer of organisation structure, culture & engagement strategies
  • Connector of business strategy, leadership development and strategic customer need
  • Designer of Employee Branding
  • Governance and Board development practitioner
  • Business developer and strategic relationship builder

Mark has worked across sectors throughout all four corners of the UK. He has many years' senior HR and business experience and is a non-executive Director of organisations in London and Wales, acting as a specialist adviser on HR issues. He works primarily at ‘top team’ level - combining his Reward and HR expertise with wider business talents, enabling him to persuasively influence decisions that have significant business consequences. Mark encourages innovation and enables those with whom he works to achieve the best they can. Marks approach is bold and empathetic - he instinctively challenges and promotes diversity of perspectives whilst achieving cohesion and focus on ‘doing the right thing’ for the customer.