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Preventing People Problems

Meet the team

Tracey Hudson

Executive Director

Tracey Hudson is our Executive Director. Tracey is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and holds a Masters degree in Strategic Human Resource Management. She has a wealth of HR experience having previously worked in larger corporates as well as SME businesses. She started The HR Dept in Warwickshire in 2005 and enjoys proactively supporting SME’s with their people issues. Tracey has built a strong commercial understanding of business challenges which is why the team always take a pragmatic approach to HR issues.

Sarah Asprey

Managing Director

Sarah joined the HR Dept in 2013 as an experienced, CIPD qualified HR professional who has worked in a variety of businesses and sectors during her career. Sarah understands the challenges facing small to medium sized businesses and has a practical and commercial approach to HR along with experience of dealing with complex cases.

Sarah is Managing Director of The HR Dept South Warwickshire, North Warwickshire, Rugby and North Derbyshire and is responsible for leading the business, ensuring exceptional service to our clients as well as providing our retained clients with advice on complex cases.

Vickie Shears

Business Development Director

Vickie joined the HR Dept family in September 2021. As Business Development Director covering four HR Dept offices North and South Warwickshire, Rugby, and North Derbyshire, she is responsible for engaging with business owners to identify potential HR requirements and providing guidance on the best solution to meet their needs.

With over 25 years of working within the hospitality arena, 5 of which were as a small business owner herself, Vickie really understands the challenges faced by many start-ups and SME’s and the importance of having robust HR processes in place, protecting businesses against potential litigation.

In addition, with 5 years’ experience working for a national training provider, Vickie recognises the benefits of having a upskilled and motivated workforce and the impact this can have on building high performing teams.

Vickie is delighted to be supported by a team of highly skilled HR Specialists who offer a personal, professional service that prevents people problems and improves bottom line profits.

Tom Dillon

Associate Coach

Tom provides the people development side of the HR Dept’s proposition.

With a degree in psychology, a master’s degree in executive coaching and a wealth of experience of working in the SME sector, Tom is ideally placed to respond to all coaching and people development requirements.

In addition, Tom has a flair for organisational culture change. This involves exploring and assessing the current culture, helping organisations envision the culture they want and then working with them to realise that vision for the future.

Tom sees the work that he does with clients of The HR Dept as a positive way of promoting successful employee engagement and great organisational communication. In doing this Tom feels that he helps SME leaders to create cultures in which many of the people problems that can derail the profitability and growth of companies are avoided.

Jane Godefroy

HR Consultant

Jane joined the team in December 2018 and has focused on supporting clients with day to day advice, complex HR issues and has also the creation and delivery of People Plans. Jane is CIPD qualified and has worked in HR for over 20 years. Jane’s experience has been gained from both large and small businesses, she has an extensive knowledge of all things HR and is passionate about the SME Sector.

Jane understands the challenges small businesses encounter, having worked independently as an HR consultant prior to joining The HR Dept. Jane provides pragmatic advice to clients across the full HR spectrum. She also provides on-site support to clients for specific projects and complex cases. Jane develops and delivers bespoke HR related Management training for our clients and also runs our workshop programme that we deliver at our Warwick site. Jane also became a qualified Workplace Mediator in January 2024.

Stefanie Avery

HR Consultant
Stefanie is an experienced, CIPD qualified HR Professional who joined the team in November 2018. Stefanie has worked in HR for over 10 years and has experience in various sectors. Having worked for both large corporate companies and small businesses, she has extensive knowledge in strategic and generalist HR.
Stefanie understands the challenges small businesses encounter first hand. She is also passionate about growing the business, leading our team of advisors and supporting our clients. Stefanie utilises her people skills and knowledge by providing an excellent service to our clients.  Stefanie is available for on-site support.

Sophie Sainsbury

HR Consultant
Sophie joined the team in November 2017. Sophie has 10 year HR experience in various sectors. Sophie provides advice and support to our retained clients on a variety of HR issues including discipline and grievance cases, redundancies, sickness absence, contracts of employment, holiday calculations, employee handbooks and recruitment.
Sophie holds CIPD Level 3 and 5 certificates and is available to provide on-site support.

Milena Maric

Business Assistant

Milena joined the team in May 2019 as Business Co-ordinator and is responsible for all clients’ Advice Line and tribunal insurance renewals and also bookkeeping for the HR Dept North Derbyshire, South and North Warwickshire, Rugby and North BirminghamMilena has many years’ experience of working in support and co-ordination roles, amongst them working as a wedding and events co-ordinator and a PA in a busy accountancy practice. She also ran her own hospitality business for three years. 

Lisa Tyers

HR Consultant

Lisa joined the team in November 2020 and has since been promoted to HR Director in 2024. She has a LLB in Law and experience of working in SME’s as well as large corporate departments and Not for Profit Organisations.

Prior to working in HR, Lisa worked in a Maintenance and Operations background for over 15 years, and as such, has gained valued insight into the day to day workings of businesses and the challenges they face. Lisa is skilled in understanding the challenges that organisations have daily, and in having challenging conversations as well as taking a pragmatic approach to driving forward solutions in a time and cost effective way for the employer. Lisa is available to provide on-site support.

Courtney Bewes

Marketing Executive

Courtney joined the business development team in September 2023 as a Marketing Executive bringing her experience and level 3 and level 5 qualifications to our marketing department. Her main responsibilities include strategy development and implementation, social media management, and campaign marketing. 

Abby Hearn

HR Administrator

Abby joined the team in April 2024 as one of our HR administrators. Abby is starting an apprenticeship this year to then go onto complete her CIPD level 3 in order to expand her HR knowledge. Abby has worked in the customer service sector for 4 years and uses her professional skills to support the team in administration areas. 

Caroline Raybould

Managing Director

Caroline became Managing Director of The HR Dept North Birmingham in 2023, after she joined the team in 2019 as a HR Manager. Before joining the HR Dept, Caroline specialised in Employee Relations in the Care Industry; prior to this, Caroline has also worked in HR within the Manufacturing and the Recruitment Industries. Caroline graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA in Business Management Joint Honours with HR. Caroline is also an Associate Member of the CIPD and is Level 7 CIPD certified.

Stacy Kimberley

HR Consultant

Stacy was promoted to HR Manager in 2022, after joining the North Birmingham team as a HR Advisor in 2019. Stacy started her HR career in 2001 and joined us with a wealth of HR Generalist experience in various business sectors, including Manufacturing, IT, Training and Welfare to Work. During her employment and with the support of the HR Dept North Birmingham, Stacy completed her CIPD Level 5 in 2022 and is now an Associate CIPD Member.

Emily Noble

HR Consultant

Emily joined the team in March 2024 as a HR AssistantEquipped with a BA in Business and Management from the University of York, Emily brings a passion for HR. With prior experience in the food production industry, Emily has delved into various HR-related realms, gaining invaluable insights along the way.  Emily is dedicated to further honing her skills, actively pursuing her CIPD Level 5 certification.  

Hannah Donnelly

HR Consultant

Hannah joined the team in April 2024 as a HR Consultant for the South Warwickshire team. Hannah is CIPD qualified and holds generalist HR experience in a range of sectors having worked previously with both SMEs and large corporate companies.  

Hannah has over 8 years’ experience in stakeholder focused environments and understands the need for pragmatic decisions when supporting our clients with any challenges they may face. Hannah is available for onsite support. 

Chloe McCabe

HR Administrator

Chloe joined the team in April 2024 as a HR Administrator. This is Chloe’s first time working in HR and is going to start her HR assistant apprenticeship to help her gain more HR knowledge then complete her CIPD level 3. Chloe previously worked in Business Admin completing her Business Admin level 3 apprenticeship so has experience in the admin sector.

Sally Williams

Business Support Administrator

Sally joined the team in June 2024 as our Business Support AdministratorBefore joining the HR Dept, Sally had many years of experience in administration and PA roles including working with a leading law firm in Oxford and a Top 100 Accountancy firm in Banbury supporting the Managing Partner.

Claire Larsen

HR Administrator

Claire Joined the North Birmingham team at the HR Dept in July 2023, as an HR Administrator. Claire comes with a wealth of experience in understanding administrative HR processes, the payroll function, driving results and teamwork. Claire has strong professional skills and supports the team in all administration areas.

Deji Sorinola

HR Consultant

Deji joined the HR Dept in April 2024. Deji has been working in HR for a total of 3 years which includes HR admin, Consultancy, and involvement within the Construction sector. Deji has previous experience within Social Care too and is currently undertaking his CIPD level 5 qualification which is due to finish in 2024.

Sofia Rauf

HR Assistant

Sofia joined the team in December 2023 as an HR Assistant based in our North Derbyshire office. With experience in HR at a global law firm, she has worked in a fast-paced environment managing a large, diverse workforce and has gained comprehensive knowledge of the employee lifecycle. Prior to her HR career, Sofia spent several years in the education sector, where she developed strong interpersonal and organisational skills. Her passion for people and fostering a positive work culture drives her commitment to developing her HR expertise. She plans to pursue the CIPD Level 5 qualification to further enhance her skills and knowledge. 

Robyn McDonnell

HR Consultant

Robyn joined the South Warwickshire team as a HR Consultant in March 2024. She is CIPD qualified, holding a master’s degree in human resources management. Robyn has previous experience in the construction sector, working within a fast-paced HR team with a high volume of staff. Robyn understands the issues faced by SME’s and the importance of aligning HR practices with business objectives for sustainable success. With strong interpersonal skills, Robyn provides advice and support to clients with basic & complex cases/issues and is available for onsite support when needed. 

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