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Expert HR support and advice, from the experts who know your industry

Get customisable, cost-effective HR services, specifically designed to support financial advice firms, and access industry-specific knowledge tailored to your business.

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How we can help you

Mix and match the services that offer the most support for you and your business.

  • Bespoke packages

    If you’re looking for additional or specialist support, our experts will work with you to understand your requirements and design and deliver a fully-comprehensive HR service, completely bespoke to your firm.

  • People Matters newsletter

    Get the latest HR and employment news, trends and developments delivered straight to your inbox every quarter, providing you with an overview of everything you need to know.

  • The People Department Hotline

    If you have an HR-related question or just want to talk something through, The People Department experts are on-hand to listen and offer advice weekdays between 08.30 and 17.00.

  • Management Development Programme

    This interactive, fully-accredited course is designed to give you the tools you need to become a truly effective and inspirational leader and people manager.

  • HR Toolkit

    From employee handbooks and contracts of employment to HR document templates, the HR Toolkit gives you access to everything your HR department needs, available 24/7 via the dedicated online portal.

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Reasons to choose us

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    Resolve your HR issues quickly and effectively
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    The tools you need to manage your people effectively
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    Industry-specific advice from experienced professionals who know your industry
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    Professional advice to help you make sense of complex HR legislation
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    Support as and when you need it, tailored to your business

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Introducing The People Department

The HR experts who know your industry

We specialise in providing expert HR support and advice to financial advice firms, supporting busy advisers to manage their people compliantly and effectively.

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    Lisa Winnard

    Director of HR

    Lisa Winnard

    Lisa joined the business in 1996 and is now responsible for overseeing the HR, Development & Business Services Department.

    Lisa brings invaluable strategic expertise and insight to the team.

    As a keen writer Lisa has a regular column in Money Marketing and also writes for Financial Times.

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    Kate Sparkes

    Head of HR

    Kate Sparkes

    With over 15 years' experience in HR, Kate joined the team in 2004 as a HR Adviser.

    Having discovered a passion for the challenges and rewards that come from a career in HR, Kate went on to work her way up to Head of HR.

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    Emma Penrose

    HR Manager

    Emma Penrose

    Emma discovered a passion for people in the workplace when studying organisational psychology at university.

    With over 15 years ' experience in HR, Emma joined the team back in 2003, and has since worked her way up to HR Manager, making her responsible for the day-to-day operations of the HR team.

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    Leanne O'Connell

    HR Consultant

    Leanne O'Connell

    Having fallen into HR almost by accident, Leanne discovered a passion for working alongside people at work to get the best out of departments and individuals through all aspects of the employment life cycle.

    By the time she joined the team back in 2013, Leanne brought 8 years of experience with her, with a strong focus in recruitment.

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    Louise Quigley

    HR Coordinator

    Louise Quigley

    Louise began her career in HR with Bankhall back in 2010, having started with the company as part of the Membership team in 2000.

    Adept at dealing with ad-hoc queries, process management and supporting managers and their teams, Louise’s strengths lie in her general HR expertise and approachable demeanour.

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    Samantha Hill

    HR Coordinator

    Samantha Hill

    Sam joined the Bankhall HR team in 2015, bringing with her a number of HR qualifications. Sam is responsible for providing HR support on a wide range of areas to employees and managers.

    In her spare time, Sam has developed a passion for running and is training for her first (and possibly last) half marathon and also takes an active role in a local CIPD branch in the North West.