Sophie Forrest

Managing Director

ForrestHR was founded by managing director Sophie Forrest, a highly qualified HR professional.

With over 20 years’ experience in the HR industry, Sophie has worked in senior HR generalist and strategic roles within a variety of industries including financial services, construction, law, hospitality, sports, retail, plus many more.


Her HR consultancy experience has included managing and supporting clients with a variety of complex and day-to-day needs.

She is committed to giving a first-class service in all areas of her practice, which has included dealing with high-profile employment relations cases, company restructure projects and employment contract and company policy reviews.

Leigh Penfold

Senior HR Consultant

Leigh supports a variety of clients across different business sectors that are based in the Sussex region. 

She began her HR career with AXA PPP as HR Business Partner, working as a support function to various areas within the business. 

Following this great corporate grounding, Leigh went on to offer a freelance consultancy service to a number of small and medium sized businesses locally.

With Leigh's commercially focused and pragmatic approach to all aspects of  HR, she is an excellent addition to the ForrestHR team and can offer her clients the highest professional level of service.

Jacqui Falvey

Senior HR Consultant

Jacqui can provide HR support to businesses based in Gravesend and the surrounding areas of North Kent.

On joining ForrestHR, she brings over twenty years of professional HR experience that she has gained across many industries including financial services, construction, housing associations and apprenticeships to name a few, both as a Freelance Consultant and in-house HR & Training Manager. 

Jacqui's extensive generalist HR experience enables her to serve clients across all industries and deliver a first class bespoke service for all your business's individual needs. 

Denise Claxton

Senior HR Consultant 

Denise provides HR support to businesses based in the Maidstone area of Kent. 

She brings a wealth of knowledge that she has gained during her 18 years of HR experience across both private and public sectors. 

Denise's past experience has been at a senior management level.

Her strengths are in the introduction of HR and Payroll systems, employee relations and leading organisations to successfully achieve external accreditations.  She has carried out a number of research projects including pay benchmarking exercises, competency frameworks and extensive staffing reorganisations. 

Sarah James

Senior HR Consultant 

Sarah is supporting our clients based in East Kent, covering Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and the surrounding areas. 


She brings a wealth of HR expertise from previous roles both in house and on a consultancy basis for various public and private clients.  

Sarah specialises in providing employment documentation and has expertise in providing legally sound documents to support clients with their businesses.

With her proven experience of dealing with clients in sectors such as construction, accountancy, charities, nurseries and GP surgeries, this has given her the perfect grounding to support her clients at ForrestHR.

Sophie is adaptable to any management style. She is authentic, she speaks eloquently and can read the audience in front of her.


—  James Prosser, Managing Director, Front Events.


  • Brilliant_Businesses_Favicon_RGB_edited_
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • LinkedIn - Black Circle
  • Black Twitter Icon