About us

At The HR Dept we know that many people dream of running their own HR business. However, they don’t know where to start with setting up and growing a profitable business. Since our foundation in the UK in 2002, we have helped HR professionals achieve their dreams and take full advantage of being their own boss. We have provided them with the resources, training and support to make it happen.

You want to enjoy what you do while living your chosen lifestyle. And that’s why we support you in your venture every step of the way. So, you can reap the rewards that business ownership brings.

We took the decision to offer franchise opportunities in the UK because we recognised two problems;

Firstly, many HR professionals had the HR skills, but were unsure whether they had the business and marketing capabilities essential to the launch of a successful business. This meant that many very talented HR professionals had been held back from realising their dream.

Secondly, SMEs need high quality, local and personal HR support to help them realise their business dreams. Not many SMEs can afford the luxury or actually require a full time HR presence. Nevertheless, employers still need to understand and comply with ever-changing employment legislation and with our ability to provide a unique and market leading employment liability insurance covering fair work investigations, legal expenses and settlements, they get true peace of mind.

Now, building on 12 years of success in the UK, The HR Dept has launched in Australia. We understand the value of a reward-focused working life, and want you to share the same success and freedom.

Your next challenge is just around the corner. Are YOU ready?

 

Meet the team

Gemma Tumelty

Gemma Tumelty
Managing Director

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Gemma is currently on Maternity leave with Sue Tumelty as Acting MD. Gemma is responsible for the success of the company and its Franchise programme, supporting her team of 12 based in offices in the UK and Australia to take the brand from strength to strength. Before joining the company that her mother founded, Gemma worked in a range of roles in marketing and communications, policy development and stakeholder management. She loves working with our network of fantastic HR Professionals helping them to achieve their dreams.  
Pia Engstrom

Pia Engstrom
HR Professional Lead, Perth Western Suburbs Franchisee, Director & Shareholder

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    Pia’s energy, enthusiasm and experience is highly valued by the team and the wider network, bringing to The HR Dept decades of HR experience in a range of industries and countries. Pia’s role is to develop the offering for our clients leading on ensuring that our offering is first class and keeps you ahead of the competition. She also acts as the HR professional lead ensuring our HR approach and documents are kept up to date with legislation and case law, offering advice and support to our franchise network. Pia supports the whole team with growing the network. As well as all of this she runs her own franchise in Perth
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    Meet our experts

    Kate Groom

    Kate Groom
    Franchise Accounting and Tax

        This is often the most overwhelming aspect of getting going into business. Kate and her team are here to help HR Dept franchisees with the foundations of their new business. They will help you learn how to run a business and understand the finances too. From setting up your accounting software and supporting your accounting needs, to running training workshops on finances and sales. This partnership with The HR Dept will give you the key to success!
        Marcus Kroek

        Marcus Kroek
        Action Coach

            Marcus has been a Business Coach for well over a decade, supporting business owners to achieve their dreams, as a coach for the franchise Action Coach he also understands franchising and SMEs. Who better to help you formulate your business plans and hold you accountable for them? ActionCOACH is a global network of business coaches who empower small and medium size business owners to greater success, using a mentoring programme and systems. We are partnering with ActionCOACH to help you in the start-up phase of your new business. They will help you get your first business plan together and help you to make it a reality.
            Rupert Janisch

            Rupert Janisch
            Press and Media Expert

                Rupert works with new franchisees to provide a press launch in their local business press, as well as being on call to advising and supporting franchisees with ongoing press activity when required. In addition, he is responsible for promoting The HR Dept brand nationwide.
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