Who we are

The HR Dept Durham & Newcastle South provides local and personal HR and Health & Safety expertise in a cost-effective way. Serving businesses and organisations in Durham, Newcastle and the surrounding areas, we can provide you with a tailored solution designed exclusively to meet the needs of you and your business.

Do you have these business challenges?

  • You rely on a call centre or Google for expert advice.
  • You don’t know if you are legally compliant for H&S and HR.
  • You are under threat of an Employment Tribunal or H&S claim.
  • You are concerned by the removal of Employment Tribunal fees.
  • You have tight budgets and inadequate insurance.
  • You don’t have time to make sure your HR or H&S is adequate or effective.
  • You would like to train and develop your staff more.
  • You spend too much of your time dealing with HR or H&S problems.

Whether you need day-to-day advice or a one-off HR or H&S project, please contact Alison and her team to find the solution to meet your needs.  Whatever the issue, we can help!

Our services include:

HR consultancy Absence management
Employment law Appraisals process
Auto enrolment Redundancy management
Contracts of employment TUPE transfers
Disciplinary and grievance Employee satisfaction surveys
Performance management Organisational development
Training and development Health and Safety Advice
Health and Safety Audits H&S Policy
Risk Assessments Fire Safety Risk Assessments

Meet the team

Alison Schreiber


Alison is a Chartered Member of CIPD and very experienced in UK and international HR. She worked in the manufacturing sector for 26 years and, as well as 20 years’ in HR, is also experienced in Health & Safety, R&D (Research and Development) and Business Management.

Alison thrives on being able to make a difference when working with small and medium businesses by supporting their HR and Health & Safety. She is passionate about the local area, having been born and raised in Durham.

We can also provide outsourced Health and Safety support through H&S Dept, Durham and Newcastle. For information contact alison.schreiber@hrdept.co.uk

Lisa Thompson (Assoc. CIPD)

HR Operations Manager

Why I love supporting businesses with their HR

I am a pragmatic and approachable individual who has worked in Human Resources for many years in different business sectors.  I pride myself on providing excellent customer service and enjoy problem solving and all things people related.  I love that supporting our clients provides such diversity and enjoy building relationships and working with them to solve their people related problems in a professional and friendly manner.  I love a challenge!

Louise Agbatar

HR Advisor

Having worked in retail for the past 15 years I really wanted to branch out and help people in a different way. I supervised a small team from 2017 to 2019, and I found that I really enjoyed the Human Resource side that my role brought me into contact with.

In 2020 I obtained my Level 5 CIPD Human Resource Management qualification and began working as a HR Administrator for the HR Dept Durham and Newcastle South in April 2021, I am now working as a Trainee HR Advisor.

I have found a great team to work with at HR Dept Durham & Newcastle South. Every day is a new experience and challenge and I am fortunate to work with experienced HR professionals that provide me with knowledge and practice.

Looking for expert HR support?

We can help you focus on your business by taking care of all your human resources needs.


Let us know how we can help or ask about our free initial HR review.

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