EPIC – experts in workplace performance.

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Welcome to EPIC, where Gary Cookson helps customers with:

Learning and development

Human resources

Organisational design

Business transformation

Digital delivery

Customers value working with Gary for his:

Knowledge and credibility

Honesty and integrity

Deep and broad industry experience


Communication skills .

What our customers say

Adds value in a way that you understand

If you’re looking for somebody who is capable of genuinely adding value in a way that you understand, that takes L&D forward in your organization, then Gary’s perfect for that. He’s got a very broad spectrum of knowledge, including HR, and a lot of experience. And he has a great nature to go with it. Why wouldn’t you want to work with somebody like that? It’s actually fun working with him. And he gets results,”

Edmund Monk
CEO, Learning and Performance Institute (LPI)
An influencer and a great communicator

Gary is generous with his time and helps us with a variety of projects and initiatives. He’s a great sounding board in that he will give you a quick and honest opinion if you need it. He keeps up to date with what’s happening in the world of work and definitely has his finger on the pulse. He’s an influencer and a great communicator, plus he really knows his stuff.

Johanna Ratcliffe
Credibility in the field

Gary’s very reliable. He is very honest and open and if I asked him to do something, it will get done on time. He is very popular with clients and he’s got credibility in the field. I can rely on Gary to be on the ball and up to date and know what’s current. And that’s important.

Sheila Moore
Fantastic attention to detail

Gary is a great programme director as well as a lecturer. He brings fantastic ‘attention to detail’ and preparation to his work. At the same time he is also great at connecting with his audience and making the material ‘come alive’ for them. His role as a HR Director brings a wealth of real time experience to everything he does.

Steve Munro
Senior Consultant
Everything you want from a HR Director

HR – Gary is wonderfully caring HR professional. Knowledgeable, innovative, thought-provoking, personable and understanding, Gary is everything you want from a HR Director.

Donna Hewitson
People Business Partner
A really wide breadth of knowledge and experience

Gary is a great Trainer in HR and organisational development. He has a really wide breadth of knowledge and experience and delivers in a really fun and innovative way. When he delivered sessions for a Diversity Mentoring Programme for me he received the best evaluation from participants. I would highly recommend him.

Atiha Choudry
Director, Equal Access Consultancy
Cutting edge best practice into workable strategies

I have worked with Gary over several years and always find the experience to be valuable and inspiring. As a leading edge HR and OD practitioner and thinker Gary is able to convert concepts and cutting edge best practice into workable strategies, policies and procedures in his organisation.

David Reid
Owner, The Alexander Consultancy
A natural ability to think out of the box

I immediately found Gary easy to work with and I liked the fact that he could make decisions and always fulfilled any timescales that were in place. He is easy to talk to and in a positive way direct with his feedback and thoughts. He has great attention to detail and what I would call natural ability to think out of the box.

Sarah Peace
Instructional Designer, Robert Half

Who Epic HR works with

Latest Blogs

#AdventBlogs – an invitation to the 2021 series

Many of you will be aware of the wonderful Advent Blog series curated from 2011-2013 by Alison Chisnell, and from 2014-2018 by the incomparable Kate Griffiths-Lambeth. I was lucky enough to inherit the curation of this series in 2019 and this year marks its 11th (and...

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A Whiter Shade of Pale

I've been mulling over my reaction to the hateful and shameful behaviour of some people towards three England footballers last week following the team's exit from Euro2020. Initially I was so shocked I could not find the right words and it has taken me a week to try...

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Tweet in haste, repent at leisure

How much notice should we take of old Tweets? In this blog I'll discuss my thoughts on the Ollie Robinson (and other England cricketers) situation and look at some of the implications of both doing something about it and not doing something about it. In case you are...

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I've often experienced Imposter Syndrome throughout my life and career, and in this blog I'll reflect on a recent instance of this and try to make some observations about it all. Some of you may know that I've had a long-standing ambition to write a book and have been...

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If a tree falls in a forest

My youngest daughter has had to move schools, and in this blog I'll discuss what the experiences leading up to it have illustrated about mental health and people's views of it, proving we have some way to go before such things are treated with the seriousness they...

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In this blog I'll share why the CIPD's current campaign #FlexFrom1st matters to me. Its a subject I've spoken and written about on many occasions but I've not really looked at why the need to have this from Day One matters to me. The CIPD's campaign is gathering pace...

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#AdventBlogs – Against all odds

Today we reach the end of the 2020 series of the #AdventBlogs, and my second time curating the series. It has been a great one again, with our theme "What if…?" inspiring a wide range of contributions from some 42 different people. At home, I’ve a relatively light...

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#AdventBlogs – Isolation

And here we are on our penultimate day of the series. Just one more to go tomorrow, and then we have to wait until 1st December for the next series to start! At home, I’ll do another long run today, trying to increase my distance and perhaps run 14km without stopping...

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#AdventBlogs – What; If

January is rushing by but something in me longs for warmer, longer, brighter days. I always find Winter difficult. This series helps to distract me though, but it ends in a couple of days! At home, we have no plans. Normally we would try to do something on Saturdays...

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#AdventBlogs – Nature, calling time

Just a few days of this series left now, and we can count the remaining posts on one hand. It’ll feel strange without it, but I know I’ll already be thinking of the 2021 series for December… At home, today is both the 1st anniversary of my Mum’s funeral, and what...

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