Who we are

Are ‘people issues’ taking up too much of your valuable time and costing you money?

Do you need HR support but lack the corporate funding large companies have in place for their own HR departments?

Does the thought of handling difficult people issues make you uneasy?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then we need to talk!

At the HR Dept London City and Central, we provide outsourced HR services to support your business and employees. From employment contracts, policies, and procedures to finding, sourcing, and recruiting the best talents, we are here to help you through it all.

The HR Dept works with businesses of all sizes and circumstances. We’ve seen and dealt with pretty much everything you can think of so, like the many businesses we work with, you can trust us to find the best solutions for your difficult people matters. If you need, we’ll even come out to your workplace to manage your tricky HR issues and give you an extra level of support and assurance.

We understand that not all businesses have access to an in-house HR team that most corporate companies do, that’s why we offer the same level of support but at the fraction of the cost. We are proud to offer our cost friendly services that not only take your HR headaches away, but also save you time and money.

The HR Dept London City and Central supports clients in the following areas:

  • City of London
  • Mile end
  • Soho, Covent Garden and Mayfair
  • Westminster, Leicester Square and Charing Cross
  • South Kensington and Knightsbridge
  • Paddington and Notting Hill
  • Marylebone
  • Tottenham Court Road and Euston

When was the last time your employment contracts, policies or staff handbooks were updated?

Get in touch with us for a FREE HR Document Review and we’ll even provide you with a report outlining our recommendations for your business.

Simply call 0203 8174 430 or email hrteam1@hrdept.co.uk to arrange your FREE review.

You can also connect with us via LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Meet the team

Debra Spurway


Debra has 25 years’ experience advising on matters relating to HR, Employment Law and Training & Development. She has a reputation for providing straight-forward, pragmatic and commercial advice to employers.  Debra loves having her own business, developing her team and working with very interesting clients. She is a natural connector and has formed rewarding relationships with clients in her years of running a business.

Outside of work, Debra is a great entertainer and likes to cook for family and friends. She always has one eye on her Fitbit and regularly works out with her personal trainer.

Peter Jones


Before starting his own business, Peter had a successful HR career and was a HR Director in a large multinational company. Having completed an MBA in 2008, he knew the time was right to venture out and build his own business. He has never looked back. Due to the strength of the HR Dept team, Peter focuses much of his time on business issues ensuring everything is running smoothly behind the scenes.

In his spare time, Peter likes to spend time with family and keeping fit. Once a keen runner, age and dodgy knees mean Peter is now a frequent visitor to the gym.

Nicola Harry

Head of HR Consultancy

Nicola heads our HR Advice Line service and spends much of her time at work providing detailed advice to clients. She worked in recruitment prior to starting her career in HR in 2005. Nicola has worked with the HR Dept since 2017 and is Associate CIPD having passed her level five certification

Nicola enjoys the variety of work the HR Dept offers, with different sized businesses across many business sectors. There is a different HR issue every day.

Nicola has recently started working out with a personal trainer, which she nearly enjoys as much as walking her dog Elvis and socialising with friends and family.

Jen Britten

HR Consultant

Jen joined us as HR Consultant after clocking up many years of experience supporting Senior Leaders and Managers. From your day-to-day issues, special projects and senior HR guidance, Jen will be your right-hand support.

Jen loves the variety of work with the HR Dept as no two queries are ever the same. Working with different sized businesses from across many sectors, Jen builds client relationships and is on hand to offer advice no matter how big or small the issue. Jen is an Associate CIPD having passed her level five certification in 2019.

Outside of work Jen enjoys spending time with her family and is very involved with her local community having been elected as a local Councillor. She also loves dance and attends classes twice a week.

Laura Dun

HR Advisor

Laura joined the HR Dept in Summer 2021. Her main responsibilities within the team are assisting the London City and Central clients with their employment relations issues and being an initial contact for aiding client needs. Laura has a Business Management Degree from the University of London and a Masters in Human Resources from the University of Exeter which holds Level 7 CIPD accreditation.

Laura’s real interest is in helping clients to develop their businesses using best HR practice grounded in a practical business setting.

Away from work Laura is an enthusiastic cook. She regularly goes out with family and friends and particularly enjoys walking in the countryside.

Tracey Searley

HR Administrator

Tracey recently joined the HR Dept and will be supporting the HR Advisory team with all things admin related. She brings a wealth of experience having worked previously as an Executive Assistant for many years in London. Tracey found her love of HR four years ago and completed her CIPD Level 3 in 2019. Her experience of HR operations, HR processes and onboarding makes her a welcome addition to the team.

In her spare time, you’ll find her running, spending time with family and socialising with friends. She also enjoys Vinyasa Flow Yoga and alternative therapy.

Geri Hardy

Recruitment Specialist

Geri is our recruitment queen. She joined the HR Dept City of London Team in 2019 to set up the Recruitment Division of the business and has had considerable success with sourcing the right people at the right time. Geri particularly enjoys partnering with Clients across London, building solid stakeholder relationships, and supporting them with their Recruitment Requirements.

Prior to joining the HR Dept, Geri was previously a Specialist (National) Recruiter for the British Army where she was successful in Professionally Qualified Officer Recruitment for seven years. In this role she managed a team of Senior Talent Recruiters. Geri has wealth of experience running Assessment Centres, Recruitment Fairs and attracting niche talent across multi-industry sectors.

In her spare time, Geri enjoys outdoor pursuits and in particular, time with her family and friends on camping adventures in her mini camper. Geri recently completed the North Coast 500 around the top of Scotland. Owning three dogs and a horse also keeps Geri fit.

Drishya Dewan

Sales and Marketing Executive

Another Summer 2021 starter, Drishya is our Sales and Marketing Executive. With a degree in Marketing, she has recently joined the wonderful world of HR and is keen to grow our marketing activities across various platforms. On top of her usual duties, you can find Drishya tending to the office plants or in the kitchen making another cup of green tea.

Outside of work Drishya enjoys spending time with her friends and family, catching up on her favourite shows and occasionally likes to try her hand at cooking.

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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