Mark Butterick

Mark Butterick


Mark Butterick iMark has worked in operational management and senior HR roles for over twenty years. He has managed large teams of direct/indirect employees and subject matter experts both as an operational manager and, for many years, as an HR and employment law professional. He has worked across the UK and internationally delivering highly challenging human capital consultancy roles and projects.

He has worked in operational management, senior HRBP, Head of HR, HR Director and consultancy roles for many prominent organisations including: Compass, Wickes, Veolia, Xchanging and Royal Mail Group. He has provided strategic HR support to headcounts of up to 7,000, managed budgets of up to £14 million and advised extensively at executive board level.

Mark ButterickMark has received a number of prestigious awards during his career. In 2006 he received a Certificate of Individual Achievement from Henri Proglio, Chairman and CEO of Veolia at The Law Society in London. He was also winner of the Interserve Divisional People Development Award in 2011 after successfully delivering a broad spectrum of strategic organisational development projects that generated significant commercial results.

Mark ButterickIn terms of professional qualifications Mark successfully completed a BA (Hons) in History at the University of Central Lancashire in 1999 and a Masters degree (MA) in HR and Employment Law at the University of Leeds in 2005. He then qualified as a HR Practitioner at the University of Huddersfield in 2006 where he was admitted as a Certified Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). After a further six years working in senior HR roles Mark was subsequently admitted as a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (CFCIPD) in 2011.

Mark is PRINCE2 qualified at both foundation and practitioner level, NEBOSH level 3 qualified and a fully qualified DISC psychometric practitioner. He holds a Group Training Certificate from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Associate Membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (AIIRSM) and Technician Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Tech IOSH).

In 2012 Mark became an independent HR Consultant and Project Director. This led to the creation of Reach Higher Human Resources™, a concept that he developed in to a limited company and a business that now enjoys a proven track record of successful project delivery and client satisfaction. In addition to providing specialist consultancy expertise to many private clients across various sectors RHHR™ has also provided pro bono expertise to a variety of charitable organisations. Mark also volunteered as a mentor on the CIPD’s Steps Ahead initiative and assisted with the national roll out of this groundbreaking project.

In 2015 Mark began his complementary career as a Lecturer in Reward Management, Pay Structures, Performance Management and Employee Motivation at Bradford University School of Management. In 2016 he was subsequently invited to become Lecturer in Employment Law to MSc postgraduates at Loughborough University, where he was the Course Leader at the School of Business and Economics. Mark designed, wrote and then developed this fully CIPD accredited course as a new subject at the university and experienced a threefold increase in student numbers during the first three years of delivery.

In 2019 Mark successfully completed a Certificate in Academic Practice at Loughborough University and was admitted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). In 2019 he also joined Leeds University Business School and the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC) as a part-time Lecturer in Human Resource Management & Management Consulting. These subjects are taught at both undergraduate and Masters level and are CIPD and CMI accredited respectively.

In 2020 Mark was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI). He also began learning Mandarin Chinese at the University of Leeds Business Confucius Institute.

In 2021 Mark was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). He also accepted an invitation to join Leeds University Business School's Pedagogic and Enhancement Committee.





  • Undergraduate, MA & MSc postgraduate lecturing and teaching
  • Dissertation supervisor
  • Personal tutor

Research interests

Economic democracy

Communication strategies and organisational effectiveness

Employee engagement, motivation and productivity

Employment law

Workplace ethics and equality

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Social mobility

Human Resource Management Journal

Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation & Change

Reach Higher Human Resources™ Blog


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Loughborough
  • Certified Chartered MCIPD, University of Huddersfield
  • MA Human Resource Management, University of Leeds
  • BA (Hons) History, University of Central Lancashire

Professional memberships

  • Certified Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute
  • Fellow Royal Society of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • Associate Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
  • Technician Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Certified NEBOSH Practitioner
  • Certified PRINCE2 Practitioner, Axelos
  • Certified DISC Psychometric Personal Profile Assesement Practitioner, Thomas International
  • Mandarin Chinese Language Student at the University of Leeds Confucius Institute

Student education

Mark’s teaching specialisms are Human Resource Management and Management Consulting. These subjects are taught by Mark at undergraduate level. But more commonly at postgraduate level as key components of the MA in Human Resource Management and MSc in Management Consulting. In addition to lecturing and teaching responsibilities Mark is also a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor. Modules currently or previously taught by Mark include:



LUBS5325M Employment Law

LUBS5324M People Analytics: Strategy and Practice

LUBS5588M Management Consulting: Facts, Theories & Issues

LUBS5590M Management Consulting: The Consulting Life Cycle

LUBS5594M Management Consulting Project



LUBS2810 Business and the Legal Environment

LUBS3850 Contemporary Management Consulting


Mark Butterick MA, AIIRSM, Tech IOSH, Chartered Fellow CIPD, Fellow HEA

Mark Butterick 

MA, AIIRSM, Tech IOSH, PRINCE2, Chartered Fellow CIPD, Fellow HEA, Fellow CMI, Fellow RSA