The HR Specialists

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    Laura has always been my first port of call when I have an HR issue to resolve. Laura is a great help in resolving situations in a pragmatic fashion, of course within the legislation, and to the satisfaction of both parties. 

    I think of Laura as our own in-house HR expert, available when needed. She thoroughly understands our business, and has a ‘can-do’ but completely professional approach.

    I have no hesitation whatsoever in continuing to channel all of our group’s HR consultancy work through her, and would recommend any other business in need of outsourced HR advice to do the same.

  • "Kerry's passion for HR and HR strategy is astonishing. Her skill set and knowledge are brilliant and what sets her apart is her easy way of integrating these within the organisations she works with. Easily and professionally. If you are looking for an HR consultant that delivers I would recommend Kerry."

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    "We have been pleased to work with Kerry on a number of client projects include organisational restructures, redundancies and disciplinary process. We value Kerry for her practical hands-on approach to HR support, dedicated input on projects and balanced, level headed advice."

  • “As a fast growing business we decided at the beginning of 2012, to outsource our HR function to an expert in the field, as employment law is changing rapidly and the HR function had become very time consuming and a drain on the company. Having made numerous enquiries, we were recommended to and opted for Kerry McGowan of Birchanger HR Solutions. Since that time, Kerry and her colleague Lindsey have helped us with two HR projects, which quite frankly we would not have been able to undertake properly without them and their wise counsel. Kerry and her team are experts in their field and bang up to date with current employment law and practice. The fact that they are professionals and very easy to get on with is an added bonus. As a result of their performance this year, we have now decided to outsource our entire HR function to them from 2013. Very highly recommended.”

    Gavin Robertson

  • I had the pleasure of working with Laura Hopson after she recruited me for the Borough Market Trust. During my time with Borough Market I worked with Laura across a number of HR projects including interviewing prospective employees, developing internal communications and participating in some of Laura’s highly engaging and productive team building sessions. 

    Laura was always extremely professional and gave clear, calm and practical guidance, ensuring that the needs of the business were met and the potential of its employees was achieved.

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    “Kerry is an outstanding HR expert whom I have worked with many times. She is extremely knowledgeable, and has the highest integrity. Kerry is always willing to help, and is one of the most personable business partners I have had the pleasure of working with. If you need HR/Employment Law support then this is the person you should be speaking to...I cannot recommend Kerry highly enough!”

  • “Kerry is one of those people you will wish you had met years ago. Her knowledge of her subject is encyclopaedic, and her ability to express it in a way you can understand it is breathtaking. Add to this her brilliant interpersonal skills (which perhaps you should be able to expect of an HR professional but hey ho we all known the truth) and I suspect once you hire her you will never hire anyone else. A true 10 out of 10.”

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    Gelbergs Solicitors in Islington work closely together with The HR Specialists to provide a comprehensive human resources and employment law advice service to businesses.

  • "Kerry has been a fantastic source of information and help. I manage a large nursery school and although I have teaching qualifications, the HR side of the job has been a challenge. Kerry has explained things in such a way that I do not feel overwhelmed or confused!I have primarily been concerned with change management, staff development and some policy changes. I will definately be using Kerry again and would recommend her to any new or established businesses needing any help in HR".

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    “Kerry is half way through a 12 month HR consultant contract at the PFRA following a review of our needs. She is hot on the current HR regulations and has a good network of lawyers to cover the legal angle. In implementing our organisational changes she is delivering good work now that will also benefit us in the future. Never again will we just make do.”

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    I have so appreciated your support, in particular your professional expertise in HR which makes dealing with the changes so much easier, and you are great to work with!

    David Green CEO

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    Kerry McGowan, provides a most professional HR service which I have used on several occasions. I have always been impressed with her skill and knowledge especially when dealing with challenging situations. She has a unique way of making difficult situations easy to understand and if personally unavailable she has a network of consultants on hand to provide advice. I am more than pleased to recommend Kerry McGowan.

  • "Kerry supported me through some complex and challenging HR situations. Always able to cut to the heart of the matter and offer clear advice and guidance to see me through. Kerry also displayed exceptional skills at handling confrontational situations and bringing things to a calm and mutually satisfactory resolution. I would wholeheartedly recommend Kerry to anybody."

  • "Kerry gave me programme and project management support on a number of organisation developments and culture change and transformation programmes, including workforce planning and in particular recruitment and retention of hard to fill posts. She is very successful in building up a reliable HR operational services including HR consultancy support which were very valued by managers and staff across the entire organisation.

    Kerry has a massive experience of working at senior level, and with different professionals. She is a lateral thinker and a complete -finisher, energetic and passionately loyal to customer care. She will draw on her interpersonal skills, political awareness and experience of working on cross agency agendas. She is able to relate well and with good effect with partners, colleagues, customers and political and senior stakeholders . I am confident that she will deploy her skills and experience effectively for the good of your organisation."

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    “I want to put on record my thanks to you, Laura, for preparing and chairing our HR meetings so professionally. From my point of view I can’t imagine what I would have done if you hadn’t been available when dealing with serious HR matters. It is difficult for small organisations like the NCTJ to deal with such matters when there is no HR department to turn to. 

     I can’t recommend you highly enough to other organizations.”

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    “I enjoyed working with Kerry on a joint training seminar for employers on the Equality Act. Kerry is extremely thorough, organised and task-oriented. When she says she will do something, she does it, and does it brilliantly. She pays attention to detail and is very capable and professional. It has been a pleasure working with her, and I hope it will be a long-term collaboration!”

  • “Laura worked for us on a critical HR project in 2010/11 and was instrumental in helping us to guide it to a successful outcome. Her expertise in current UK employment law was particularly important for us. But, even more crucially was the guidance and advice she provided for us - as managers -
    to reach a successful conclusion for both our employees and the company.

    Of her many good qualities we can highlight three:

    • She absorbed and understood our business and company culture very quickly
    • She was highly responsive to our needs – often answering e-mail questions for us well outside of usual office hours.
    • She was very easy to get on with, but equally she made sure to tell us the information that we needed to hear – not just what we wanted to hear (to paraphrase Nanny McPhee).

    We would have no hesitation in using her again, or recommending her to others.”


Welcome to The HR Specialists

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We provide Human Resources, Health & Safety, Hygiene and Payroll support to businesses across a wide range of market sectors.

We only use experienced professionals who can provide you with timely advice and support when you require it.

We offer an online HR administration service which will manage holidays, sickness, training, performance, time logs and expenses.

We provide as little or as much help and assistance as you require, appropriate for the size and complexity of your business. There are no hidden costs - you just pay for what you use.

Our commitment is to:

  • Support managers with one off HR problems
  • Provide cover for a HR Director or Manager who is on maternity leave or while recruiting a replacement
  • Manage and develop HR departments and mentor HR staff
  • Bring HR departments standards up to best practice levels
  • Provide HR advice and support across the full employment cycle from recruitment to termination
  • Use experienced professionals with immediate advice when you need it (no call centres)
  • Offer assessment centre and interview panels support
  • Deliver HR management training and development
  • Only use HR senior professionals who have extensive experience across a wide range of market sectors and different sized organisations
  • Ensure you only pay for what you use  - an hour, a day or a project. Whatever your needs, big or small, we can assist you
  • Provide employment advice which is practical, pragmatic and business-focused that provides best practice solutions
  • Use H&S, Hygiene &Food Safety and payroll professionals who can support your business, provide you with training and assist you with  pragmatic advice

We work across the United Kingdom.

The HR Specialists Consultancy Ltd Registered in England 8119774.

Registered address: 5 Ducketts Wharf, South Street, Bishop's Stortford CM23 3AR

Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HE

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