Who we are

HR Dept Solent provides comprehensive HR services across the Southampton, Fareham and Portsmouth areas at a fraction of the cost of an in-house HR professional that the larger corporate enjoys.


  • Botley
  • Chandlers Ford
  • Eastleigh
  • Fareham
  • Fawley
  • Hamble
  • Hedge End
  • Netley
  • Park Gate
  • Gosport
  • Bridgemary
  • Southsea
  • Portsmouth
  • Romsey
  • Sarisbury
  • Segensworth
  • Southampton
  • Stubbington
  • Titchfield
  • Totton
  • Warsash
  • Whiteley
  • Lee-on-Solent
  • Alverstoke
  • Portchester
  • Port Solent

Passionate about assisting SMEs to navigate through the confusion of employment legislation, rules and regulations and finding solutions to enable them to achieve their business goals, whilst also enabling their staff to be happier and better motivated. We believe that by providing employers with support, information and guidance on people issues they can contribute to a company’s continued success and prevent time and resources being wasted wrestling with complex employment issues.With over 20 years HR experience in a range of business sectors from small, medium sized Professional Services firms through to blue chip FTSE 100 Defence & Engineering organisations, Deborah (Director) has worked at a senior level gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience in employment law, employee relations, change management, organisational design, acquisitions and mergers (including TUPE), HR policy and Recruitment.

What The HR Dept does is offer a very personalised service, so you feel as though you are contacting “your own” HR department whenever you have an issue you are not sure how to deal with.

By working closely with you, we develop an understanding of your business and can support you by offering a personal, flexible and cost effective service that meets your needs.

Your advice and support is provided locally so you are not talking to a stranger in a call centre. Provided you follow our advice from the onset of any issue, our telephone advice service is backed by tribunal indemnity insurance which saves you money on expensive legal advice.

Our national network of HR professionals widens our pool of expertise and ensures that we can support you on longer-term strategic projects as required.

Our aim is to free you from the worry of legal compliance, help you to get the most from your staff and leave you with more time to focus on your core business.

Contact Deborah to arrange a free consultation on the support that The HR Dept can offer your business.

Listen to my interview with Xan Phillips on The Business, VoiceFM: https://www.voicefmradio.co.uk/the-business-with-xan-phillips-16-nov-2017/

Won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the HR Dept Conference 2017:

Meet the team

Deborah Weatherell

Managing Director

I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Business, an MA in Human Resources Management and am a Chartered Fellow of CIPD in Human Resource management and have a range of experience as an HR generalist gained during my roles in senior HR positions within FTSE 100 Defence, Engineering and latterly Legal Sectors.

I am a dedicated, energetic, hands-on and inspirational HR, cultural and transformational change professional with over 25 years’ experience in leadership, shaping, developing and delivering HR strategy through large scale TUPE transfers, robust change management, resource and talent management, organisational design, managing compensation and benefits, driving best practice, engagement and culture change, delivering proven business improvement results in fast-paced, matrix managed, highly unionised and complex environments including Legal Sector and FTSE 100’s.

As a strong PRINCE2 trained project manager, I thrive in a busy environment and work well under pressure. Applying Lean Six Sigma methodologies to practice I am an organised and methodical individual who partners with business leaders and prioritises well in order to achieve objectives, meet deadlines and targets. Experienced in the set up and transition of shared services and being an excellent communicator and team player, I establish excellent working relationships at all levels and am a challenging influencer and decision maker with exceptional leadership skills, employee relations, bid writing and employment law knowledge.

Skilled in compliance of IIP, ISO 9001 and LEXCEL, I can also assist companies to achieve or maintain these important standards.

A qualified and experienced business coach; I am also able to offer high level strategic advice and support to SMEs on how to successfully grow their business.

I am delighted to be able to offer the level of experience gained in large corporates to benefit of my local SME and consultancy clients.

Jane Follett

L&D Consultant

For the last 20 years I have managed, supported and coached a vast number of people to progress their careers and acquire new skills.

I am passionate about supporting people to become the best they can be, maximising on their ability to achieve their goals.

I thrive on supporting people on their personal journey and seeing them realise their full potential, working with individuals and teams at all levels helping them deliver better results, and increase their self awareness of perceptions of others and themselves.

I have experience in developing and delivering Talent and Change Management, Customer Service, Selling Skills, Performance Development, Leadership Development, and Unconscious Bias.

My experience combined with my empathetic nature enables me to adapt quickly to any client, with a reputation for creative thinking, I aim to bring out the best in people using humour and passion, building trust and enabling people to be better.


Level 5 CIPD Diploma in Learning and Development

A1 NVQ Assessor

Anna Duff

HR Advisor

I am a HR Advisor and have recently finished my MSc in Human Resource Management and have already completed a BA in Business and Human Resource Management in which I received First Class honour. I am also a Associate CIPD Member.  I love to read romance and fantasy books when I am not at work. I am also really interested in Forumla 1 specifically Ferrari and McLaren.

Freya Collard

Graduate HR Apprentice

I am a Graduate HR apprentice and have recently just completed my A Levels and am currently studying towards my level 3 CIPD, with the end goal of being a HR advisor, I enjoy both business and working with people so a career in HR is perfect for me. When I am not at work I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.

Natasha Tookey

Graduate HR Apprentice

I am a Graduate HR Apprentice and have just finished my level 3 business course and am now studying towards my level 3 CIPD. I realised that I enjoy HR, and wanted to continue that further. I am hoping that my qualification will help me to become a HR Advisor in the future. I currently live at home with my ageing Border Terrier, and frequently visit my family in Sicily.

Henry and Millie

Brand Ambassadors

Offer great companionship, mental health support and are always eager to assist with anything food related!

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We can help you focus on your business by taking care of all your human resources needs.


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