Meet the Team

Collectively our international team has hundreds of years of HR experience, decades of finance, sales and marketing knowledge and well over ten years of franchising experience. This is coupled with an unwavering commitment to excellent customer service and maintaining our place as the market leader. We pride ourselves on our committed and skilled staff, and invest in them to professionally develop. We never stand still and are always looking for new ways to fulfil our vision for our customers, and for our own business.

Sue Tumelty FAHRI, FCIPD

Sue Tumelty FAHRI, FCIPD
Founder, Director & Acting Managing Director

      Sue Tumelty is the founder and executive director The HR Dept Ltd (UK) and a Director of The HR Dept Pty Ltd. Sue started the business in 2002, providing outsourced HR to SMEs in the South West of England. Two years later she franchised the operation. The HR Dept Ltd is now active in 100 territories in the UK and Ireland alone. Approximately 165 qualified HR professionals provide a full range of local and personal HR solutions to 6,000 customers. Whilst Gemma Tumelty is on Maternity Leave, Sue will be Acting MD. Sue is an experienced and commercially-aware HR professional. She is a great a source of advice and professional support for the network, as well as their ever-growing customer base. Sue is totally deaf and hears through the miracle of Cochlear implants. Consequently, she works hard to promote recognition of people’s ability within the workplace. Click here to read Sue Tumelty's Bio
      Tegan Rose

      Tegan Rose
      HR Professional Lead, Ringwood Franchisee

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        Tegan’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. Tegan’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. Tegan supports the whole team with growing the network. As well as all of this she runs her own franchise in Ringwood
        Susana Hands

        Susana Hands
        Franchise Growth Manager

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          With over 10 years of experience in the Franchise industry Susana brings a wealth of knowledge to help grow and support our Australian Franchise network.  From being a Franchisee owner herself to becoming a Franchisor, she understands both sides of the spectrum from a business and Franchising code of conduct aspect.  Her expertise is within Franchise recruitment and in supporting Franchisees in successfully growing their own business.    Susana takes on the role as the Franchise Growth Manager to grow The HR Dept brand in Australia, creating an HR presence and growing the network.
          Central Office

          Central Office
          Your Extended Support Function

              The whole of the UK central office team also supports our franchisees in Australia. Meet the UK team on the next page.
              Rory Lawton

              Rory Lawton
              Operations Manager

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                Rory is the Operations Support Manager for our UK and Ireland operations. With a background in operational service management roles in both the public and private sectors, Rory manages the Operations Team at our Central Office. This includes managing day-to-day franchise operations and administration, and maintaining the good relationships with our external service providers that facilitate the business. He studied French and German at the University of Nottingham and has lived and worked in five countries. His passion for working at the HR Dept comes from the personal level of relationships in an SME network that can so easily be missing in corporate environments.
                Felicity Kenny

                Felicity Kenny
                Marketing Director

                    Felicity’s role is to oversee the Marketing strategy of The HR Dept across the UK, Ireland and Australia. Felicity has 10 years’ Marketing and Business Development experience from roles held within both corporate and SME businesses. Felicity is also an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and is passionate about helping our new franchisees to grow their business through a range of marketing tools and techniques.