Who we are

Running a business isn’t always easy, and finding a trusted local provider of business focused and common-sense HR advice and Health & Safety support can be a challenge. Look no further.

Local businesses, run by people like you, outsource their HR/H&S because it is easier and more cost effective than doing it yourself. Local businesses say that their business is now stronger and safer and they love the peace of mind they now have.

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 / H&S claim or are concerned by the removal of Employment Tribunal fees
  • You have tight budgets and inadequate insurance and don’t have time to ‘do’ HR or H&S
  • You spend too much of your time dealing with HR or H&S problems
  • You would like to train / develop your staff more

How can the HR Dept Edinburgh, Mid & East Lothian help you?

  • Solutions will be found that work for you
  • You will be told what you can do not what you can’t!
  • You will have a named local expert to support you with unlimited advice and support
  • Affordable monthly retained fees on 12-month contracts
  • Your retained service is backed by market leading insurance
  • You can up-skill yourself or your managers through locally delivered training programmes

Services include:

HR consultancy Absence management
Employment law Appraisals process
Contracts of employment Redundancy management
Disciplinary and grievance TUPE transfers
Performance management Employee satisfaction surveys
Training and development Employee counselling
Health and Safety Staff discounts

Why not get in touch today and start getting the support you need?

The HR Dept Edinburgh, Mid & East Lothians covers the City of Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian.

We are a proud Premier Partner of the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber, find out more here.

Meet the team

Ciara McGovern

Managing Director

Ciara has over 20 years HR experience in both the private and public sectors and has managed the full range of HR services, delivering success projects and advice to diverse teams and businesses. Ciara works with a wide range of SME and third sector clients across many sectors.

Ciara has lived in Scotland for over 20 years and enjoys travelling to places on her “bucket list” and socialising in the wonderful city of Edinburgh. She has been kept on her toes with the arrival of a new puppy in April 2020, Seve the Springer Spaniel who likes to make an appearance on webinars!

Kimberley Adamson

HR Business Partner

Kimberley is an associate member of the CIPD enabling her to give quality advice to her varied client base. Whether you are a SME or third sector organisation, Kimberley has the experience to support you. She is passionate about making a difference to people’s lives through the advice she gives.

Kimberley has a keen interest in reading and is happiest whilst in the sunshine and socialising with friends and family.

Graeme Wilkinson

Associate Learning & Development Consultant

Graeme is our expert advisor, consultant and facilitator and has successfully delivered Insights Profiling and Workshops to over 200 of our clients.

Graeme is qualified to deliver Insights, MBTI, 360’s and has designed, bespoke L&D solutions for many SMEs and Global Organisations.

Tim Dasiukevich

HR Admin Assistant

Tim has over 3 years of experience working in human resources and supports the team in any way he can. He has worked in large teams in the past, but much prefers working for our tightknit team.
Tim graduated in music from Edinburgh University and still plays the bass guitar in his spare time. He also enjoys keeping active by playing football, bouldering and boxing.

Michaela McLean

HR Business Partner

Michaela has over 20 years’ experience working within HR, providing professional advice, guidance and support to managers in both an operational and strategic capacity, across all aspects of the employee life cycle. Michaela is incredibly passionate about helping businesses deliver on their people needs, and achieve their goals and objectives.

Away from work, Michaela spends time with her family and their adopted Dalmatian, and continues to train for the Edinburgh Marathon.

Lynn Henretty

HR Admin Assistant

I am the newest member of the team helping with all things administration. I have over 20 years administration experience primarily in the Finance sector but have had experience in HR with supporting HR consultants provide support & advice to various departments within the Finance sector.

When I am not at work I am busy looking after my 4 children! I enjoy spending time outside with the kids and my hubby and love to take a wee early morning dip in the sea with friends when I get the chance.
I enjoy reading and listening to podcasts and music with a varied taste in genres. I just love the feeling and memories a song can evoke when you hear it.

Rory Pilbeam

Finance Officer

With over four years of experience at The HR & HS Dept, and over 25 as the CEO’s son, Rory, has a solid grasp of what The HR Dept is all about. He used to do the marketing and now Rory manages the financial sides of things. Like father, like son, Rory’s passions include football, travel, and music.

Ian Pilbeam


Ian heads up the HR Dept Edinburgh, Mid & East Lothian team. With nearly 30 years HR experience, Ian has a wealth of experience in helping businesses to ensure success through their people, be legally compliant and handle tricky people issues. As a business owner himself, Ian understands the challenges that come with running and growing a business.

Ian’s straightforward, honest approach to any client has made him a trusted partner among dozens of organisations, across a wide range of sectors, looking to avoid people problems or manage difficult situations. He is known for his ability to explain complex concepts simply and to make learning fun and enjoyable.

Ian lives in Edinburgh and is a huge sport and music fan, with an insatiable appetite for world travel fuelled by his round the world trip with his family a few years ago.

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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