Who we are

Chris Burgess is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has 33 years experience in Human Resources in both large corporate organisations and SMEs. Chris has worked at a senior level in a number of different business arenas including IT, Publishing, Research and Manufacturing.

Chris believes that what really matters to owner/managers is to be able to obtain practical advice on people related matters in a timely and cost effective way. SME’s cannot justify their own in-house HR and the alternatives available to them often involve costly legal fees. This is where the HR Dept provides the answer.

Judy Crickmer joined the business in 2007 having previously held a number of HR managerial positions in financial services, vehicle leasing and IT services.  Like Chris, she too is a member of the Institute of Personnel & Development and has over 25 years experience of advising managers on dealing with their staff.

By working in partnership with owner/managers the burden of the ever increasing employment legislation can be reduced so that businesses can focus on operating effectively in their market place.

The HR Dept is responsive to the needs of the business and by providing SMEs with a simple no-nonsense framework in which to manage their people they overcome the barriers that hinder meeting the business objectives.

The HR Dept will provide you with a locally based and personal service that enables you to achieve your aims with a pragmatic solutions-based approach.

Chris and Judy also cover Hitchin and Letchworth, Luton, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.



Tel: 0345 2025 777

Mobile:  07799 145 273


Tel: 0345 2025 777

Mobile: 07954 427937

Meet the team

Chris Burgess


Chris is the Founder and Managing Partner in the HR Dept West Herts/South Beds, which he set up in 2005 following 25 years in corporate Human Resources across a range of industries and markets.

A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development  Chris is an expert on employment law and advises clients on any aspect of the employment life cycle. Chris brings a pragmatic no-nonsense approach to what can often seem a very complicated area of law.

Judy Crickmer

HR Partner

A Chartered Member of  the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Judy has over 20 years HR experience gained in blue chip companies across  a range of industries culminating in a number of senior HR roles. Judy specialises in employment law and advising clients on difficult people issues and people development. Judy brings a warmth of understanding to a client’s needs and is quick to evaluate a problem and identify pragmatic solutions.


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