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Emma Leonis-Hughes, Client Executive Director

Emma is a seasoned HR transformation specialist. During her career, she has led some of the largest global HR change programmes with clients across the Private Sector and Financial Services, focusing on optimising HR service delivery and enhancing the employee experience.

Emma spent over 10 years at Deloitte before joining LACE Partners in early 2018 as Executive Director of HR Transformation. She is passionate about HR and challenging, inspiring and motivating HR leaders to achieve more. She leads LACE’s thought leadership into the future of HR service delivery and operating models, with recent reports including ‘The Future of HR Shared Services: Becoming People Experience and Solutions Experts’ and ‘HR on the Offensive’.


  • Organisational Reviews
  • Business Case Development
  • HR Transformation
  • Organisation Design
  • Project Management
  • People Transition
  • Talent Management
  • Change Management
  • Employee Engagement
  • Organisation Governance
  • Process Design/Redesign
  • Shared Services
  • Solution Design
  • Transition Management
  • User Experience

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Insights. Our latest thought leadership, including blogs, webinars, podcasts and videos.
What does acceptable attrition look like? 
What does acceptable attrition look like? 

In this week’s blog we hear from LACE Partners CEO and Co-Founder Aaron Alburey on a topic never far from the HR Director’s agenda: attrition. He shares trends over time and discusses how you can get balance right between retaining talent and corporate memory but also...

Podcast number 100! Highlights from our series
Podcast number 100! Highlights from our series

Today marks our 100th podcast from our HR on the Offensive series! Listen in to hear from the team about which episodes we enjoyed the most, which ones we recommend and also some bloopers from behind the scenes... We've enjoyed the journey so far and have loved...

Unsung heroes? Challenges in the payroll industry
Unsung heroes? Challenges in the payroll industry

Our community of senior payroll professionals is growing and recently got our members together to talk about challenges facing the sector. It was a fascinating debate covering everything from the comparative benefits of global vs. local systems to the impact hybrid...