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

Managing Director

Nigel Finch has owned HR Dept Wigan & St Helens and also Manchester & Salford territories since 2008. In 2022 the business also acquired Liverpool Central & South.

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.

Nigel’s ethos has always been to support a fully engaged team who are passionate about what they do. Another key aspect is his support of the local community, supporting local charities, sponsoring local sports teams and is current a Patron and Board Member of Wigan Youth Zone.

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


Jane Hodgkinson

Senior HR & Employment Law 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.


Julia Halliwell


Julia joined the HR Dept team in 2018 and has contributed to various roles including HR Operations Manager and is now a Director supporting the growth of the business and ensuring that our service continues to be at the highest level.

With around 20 years’ experience in HR, Julia previously worked as part of an in-house HR Team for a large value retailer, as an Employee Relations Advisor. Since joining HR Dept and through supporting many local businesses at a senior level, Julia’s strengths align with more strategic and commercially focused HR support.

Julia is a dedicated professional, who is able to quickly develop trusting and confident relationships with HR Dept clients.

Leanne McLaren

HR Advisor

Leanne is an HR Advisor and joined the HR Dept in August 2021.

Leanne has a vast amount of operational experience within the hospitality sector, having held several managerial positions prior to her transition into HR. This experience gives Leanne a great understanding of operational needs and enables her to give the right level of commercial and professional support to all of our clients.

Leanne has a vast amount of knowledge in all areas of HR, in particular Employee Relations, and has great attention to detail. She is also CIPD qualified.

Leanne has a friendly approach and is passionate about helping local businesses.

Jen Saint

Senior HR & Employment Law Advisor

Jen joined the HR Dept in January 2023 as a HR & Employment Law Advisor and was soon promoted to Senior HR & Employment Law Advisor in August 2023.  Jen has worked in HR for over 14 years, bringing extensive experience from within a variety of businesses. Jen is also CIPD qualified.

Jen has a professional approach and has experience in all aspects of HR, including Employee Relations and L&D.

Jen has a keen interest in training and coaching managers in order to lead effectively, resolve issues efficiently and get the best out of their people.

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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