Who we are

Are you looking for help to recruit, manage and reward your employees?

Are you based in and around Newbury and South Oxfordshire?
Do you need pragmatic, commercial, HR support and advice that you can trust?

Employing people can be the most rewarding, or the most frustrating part of running a business and, for The HR Dept Newbury it’s our approach that really sets us apart. Instead of telling businesses what they can’t do, we tell them what they can do to achieve the results that they want.

  • Employment law
  • People management
  • Contracts of employment
  • Disciplinary and grievance
  • Performance management
  • Absence management
  • Redundancy management
  • TUPE transfers
  • Employee surveys
  • Training and development

In fact, any people-related activities that help a company to achieve its business objectives. With this in mind, we can work with you on anything from a one-off employee issue through to a business restructure. If you are located in or around Newbury and South Oxfordshire and are hunting for HR solutions, then get in touch – we’d love to help.


Meet the team

Katie Aldridge


Katie is the owner of the HR Dept Newbury and South Oxfordshire. She founded the business in October 2016, having previously worked as a senior HR professional in a career spanning over 20 years in a range of industries from not-for-profit, education, through to financial and pharmaceutical. Her background means that there are not many employment situations that she hasn’t encountered. Her positive mindset and her commercial, pragmatic approach help customers to explore all options to ensure that the outcome they decide on is the best one for their business.

Rachel James

HR Advisor

Before joining the team Rachel had already worked as an HR generalist for over 15 years, mainly with a homeless charity in Reading and previously with a commercial radio company.  She is excited to be working with HR Dept to develop her skills and experience further and providing an efficient and reliable service to our clients.

When not working, she is often found on two wheels cycling around the Berkshire/Hampshire countryside or taking on various cycle challenges.

Lesley Pattinson

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Lesley is used to working in fast paced industries, quite literally as she started her career in motorsport and Formula One! Moving on from fast cars she turned to HR, realising the value it has in helping businesses move forward and structure for growth and productivity, she knew this was the function she wanted to be involved in.

She has excellent communication and observation skills and is bringing that to recruitment. More than just filling vacancies, she wants to find the right talent to bring value to your business.

CIPD level 3 qualified and currently studying a level 3 qualification with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, she is delighted to be part of the HR Dept so she can add more to her knowledge, skills and experience.

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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