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.

Catherine Wilson

HR Advisor

With over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources (13 years as a Chartered Member of the CIPD) Catherine has held a variety of HR positions, both in blue chip organisations and SMEs. Most recently she has undertaken Employee Relations specialist roles with both Virgin Media and Kier. Catherine has a sound understanding of People Management best practice along with strong communication and coaching skills with the ability to support negotiations at all levels. Out of work Catherine enjoys keeping fit with circuit training, kettlebells and boxing, plus long walks in the countryside with her two Miniature Schnauzers. However, after all this exercise she likes nothing more than relaxing with her family and a decent glass of red wine.

Christine Knight

HR Administrator

Christine has worked in HR for over 40 years and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Her career includes spells in large organisations in the retail, water industry, facilities management and environmental consulting sectors. This has provided her with wide ranging HR experience and business insight. Since semi-retiring, Christine also volunteers with the National Trust and her local infant school. Keen to maintain her HR knowledge, Christine has worked on a number of projects with Katie Aldridge over the past 2 years, including some time working as an interim advisor to a client and a performance management coaching project. Her current role sees her applying her background knowledge to the development of contracts and handbooks.

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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