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!
      Carole-Anne Priest

      Carole-Anne Priest
      Insurance Expert, Imalia

          Carole-Anne is an inspiring lawyer, director, CEO, entrepreneur and innovator and we love working with her! Carole-Ann and her team at Imalia runs the Employers’ Indemnity Insurance product for our customer base and supports our franchisees with all their business insurances. As Director and founding partner of Imalia, Carole-Anne is creating innovative financial services’ products that empower women to take control of their financial future. After studying law at the University of Sydney, she worked for a time for the Director of Public Prosecutions and also as a lawyer in London. Carole-Anne got her big corporate break, becoming president and chief operating officer of Swire Blanch Australia and Asia, a US publicly listed insurance and reinsurance intermediary. During her tenure, it became one of the first brokers to obtain licenses in China and Vietnam. On returning to Australia she led a dedicated team to rebuild Altiora Insurance Solutions, a retail broker and underwriting agency facing a number of challenges. In 2007, Carole-Anne won the Hudson Private and Corporate Award and the Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year Award.
          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.
                  Hall & Wilcox Employment Team

                  Hall & Wilcox Employment Team
                  Employment Law Experts

                      Hall & Wilcox provide our employment law expertise to The HR Dept network. This includes preparing the legal HR documents for you to use with your customers, and keeping them up-to-date. They also support the insured retained service and supply monthly employment law updates and regular employment legislation training opportunities. Hall & Wilcox’s leading employment law team offers expertise across all areas of employment and industrial relations law. They are also experienced litigators and advocates, representing and appearing for clients in all types of employment-related litigation, including: in the Fair Work Commission, anti-discrimination tribunals and the courts. HR Dept franchisees can be sure that their documentation is up-to-date and legal. And they can be confident they are getting the best advice and professional development from a firm that shares our values.
                      HWL Ebsworth

                      HWL Ebsworth
                      Franchise Law Specialists

                          HWL Ebsworth is an integrated, full service commercial law firm. It provides market-leading legal services operating offices across Australia in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Norwest (North West Sydney), Perth and Sydney. Partner Sean O’Donnell is an expert in franchising and is a director of the Franchising Council of Australia. HWL both draft and issue the franchising documentation to franchisees.