Our Team

They say team-work makes the dream work and that couldn’t be more fitting here at Electra. Our fantastic team of professionals come from all walks of life and love nothing more than using their own skills and experience to help others thrive. At Electra, we pride ourselves on nurturing a positive workplace culture and celebrating each and every member of our valuable team. 

Vanessa Challess

Vanessa Challess

Founder & Principle

Electra HR was founded by Vanessa Challess whose strong background in commercial litigation gives her a unique perspective on keeping clients away from disputes. Vanessa also founded our sister law firm, Tiger Law.

When she realised how many of her legal clients’ expensive legal requirements arose from a lack of sound HR & Employment Law advice and support, she became determined to do something for the many companies, furiously busy developing their businesses, who had neither the time nor expertise to have proper HR practices in place and for whom, the larger HR consultancies are a poor fit.

As a natural-born entrepreneur she truly understands the real world challenges of running a successful business. Her clients appreciate her clarity, willingness to really listen to their concerns and the context of their issues and her weather eye and timely advice on what pitfalls might lie ahead for them.

Apart from this, Vanessa is very funny (as in: “humorous”) which helps a lot with running a houseful of kids as well as two businesses. She enjoys travelling, movies, a glass or two of good wine and her husband Alex. She also speaks fluent Greek.

Andrea Beadle

Senior HR Advisor

With 20+ years of HR and management experience in a variety of challenging roles in public,
private and charitable sectors, Andrea brings a wealth of practical experience and diplomacy to her role as an HR consultant. With extensive experience of managing complex HR issues across a wide range of environments, including retail, manufacturing, councils, schools and charities you can be sure you are in safe hands. 

Andrea is also a trained coach and combines expertise and knowledge in HR consultancy, management and strategy with an entrepreneurial streak, business acumen, a degree in IT and a passion for systems & technology to transform ways of working.

Naomi Ward

HR and Employment Law Advisor and Trainee Solicitor​

Naomi recently graduated from law school and alongside her role in Electra she is training to be a solicitor with Tiger Law. She focuses on employment law and human resources advice and support. Naomi has gained a lot of exposure in employment law already. In combination with her experience in different seats of law and working in HR directly, she is able to provide an in-depth practical understanding and validate this with her legal background in a friendly and approachable manner. When Naomi is not working she enjoys cycling, art, up-cycling fashion, and music.

Amanda Smith FCIPD

HR Consultant​

Amanda is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development, with over 20 years’ experience of HR and Management, up to Director level, in a variety of sectors including Education, Charity and Manufacturing.

Amanda has vast experience in all aspects of complex human resources including restructures, investigations, appeals, sickness management and senior recruitment.

Amanda has excellent people skills and adapts easily to the management style and specific issues of those she is working with, as well as professional development in counselling, ensuring she is empathetic to the client’s needs


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