Rachel Pardoe

Director of Human Resources

Rachel joined Talbots in 2014 and has never looked back! As part of the Management Team, she works closely with key people across the business to ensure the Company achieves its strategic, operational and departmental objectives as set out in the Business Plan.

Passionate about effective HR and empowering people to reach their full potential, Rachel advocates a values-led and hands-on approach to HR believing that people are the most important element in any successful business. Her responsibilities stretch across the Talbots 'group' and encompass all aspects of HR & recruitment such as employee performance, talent management, L&D and the management of Talbots’ Trainee Solicitors and Apprenticeship programmes.

Born and bred in Stourbridge, Rachel obtained 4 A Levels from King Edward VI College before gaining her degree in English Literature & the History of Ideas at the University of Kingston-upon-Thames. In addition to her academic studies Rachel has chosen to undertake an extensive portfolio of training courses including management, leadership, sales & marketing, HR, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, risk management, compliance.

Prior to Talbots, Rachel worked at a regional high street law firm for over 7 years in a practice management role. Her previous roles included practice development in a leading inner-city medical practice and post-graduate management roles with the prestigious London-based Holmes Place Health Clubs. The latter will always be a company that is close to her heart.

Having grown up amongst the Stourbridge music scene in the 90s, Rachel is an avid live music fan and enjoys gigs & festivals of all genres (except pop - she hates pop!). Rachel loves cooking, dining out / street food, group exercise, outdoor swimming and travelling to new places. Her favourite pastime is spending time with her two beautiful children, their family & her friends.

Rachel welcomes speculative enquires from local legal professionals who would like to find out more about working with Talbots and how it could support their career development.