Who we are

If you’re a local employer and don’t know who to turn to for practical and plain English HR or employment law advice, then you’re in the right place.

We’re not a call centre and we won’t tie you up into long term contracts!

We are a local business currently supporting over 100 local companies. And, as a small local business we understand the stresses that employing people can bring, and also the costs of obtaining legal advice. We also understand that many Companies simply cannot justify employing their own fully qualified and experienced HR Manager.

This is where we can help you! We can reduce your stress level, save you time and reduce the financial risk to your business by providing you with ongoing support from a team that can develop a service around your needs and who understands your business.

We can review your contracts of employment and your people policies. Not only will we ensure that they are legally compliant, we will also ensure that they are fit for purpose. We can then continue to support you either by telephone, email or even by providing on-site support, acting as your HR Manager for a fraction of the costs.

We can ensure that you have everything you need for the management of your team without costing the earth.

Meet the team

Nigel Finch


Nigel Finch has owned HR Dept Wigan & St Helens and also Manchester & Salford territories since 2008.

With over 20 years’ experience in HR and Training within a number of large national organisations Nigel is ideally placed to provide strategic advice, as well as providing practical employment law advice to assist in the day to day challenges of managing employees.

As a former Dale Carnegie leadership trainer and CIPD qualifications tutor, Nigel can also assist you when developing your teams.

Nigel is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


Jane Hodgkinson

HR Advisor

Jane joined the HR Dept in September 2013 as a HR and Employment Law Advisor.  She has previously worked in HR for both a large NHS hospital and a national charity.

Jane is an excellent communicator with a keen interest in employee relations.

Jane has a calm and professional manner and has experience of dealing with difficult situations including disciplinary, grievance, redundancy and mediation.

Jane is CIPD qualified.


Sue Craig

Office Manager

Sue has worked at the HR Dept since January 2013 starting as Administration Assistant and progressed her way to the position of Office Manager.

Sue is responsible for the efficient day to day running of the office, as well as dealing with the finances and the Insurance Policies for all clients.

Sue is an excellent team player and is always available to help and assist our clients and her colleagues.


Sophie Williams


Julia Halliwell


Julia is an HR and Employment Law advisor and she joined the HR Dept in March 2018.

Julia previously worked as part of an in-house HR Team for a large value retailer, as an ER Advisor.

Julia is a dedicated professional, who quickly develops a trusting and confident relationship with HR Dept clients. Julia provides excellent advice on all areas of Employee Relations, in line with current legislation whilst maintaining commercial focus.

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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