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Central Office

Central Office
Your Support Function

      We are the only HR franchise to have a dedicated central office team, who are there to support our Licensees from the initial set up and ongoing running of their business. The HR Dept is a family business and our support team have been chosen for their specific areas of expertise including operational, legal, finance and marketing.
      Sue Tumelty

      Sue Tumelty
      Founder & Executive Director

          Sue founded The HR Dept in 2002, two years later franchised the model and grew it into the success it is today. The original Bristol office is now staffed with a team of 15 and the Licensee network covers the whole of the UK and Ireland. 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 client base.
          Mike Stevenson

          Mike Stevenson
          Finance Director

              Mike has been with The HR Dept since the very start and has driven the growth of the brand and its products and services for many years. He was attracted to The HR Dept because for once HR was acting as a business support service and not a hindrance. Mike now oversees the finances of The HR Dept and supports business development.
              Gemma Tumelty

              Gemma Tumelty
              Managing Director

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                Gemma is responsible for the success of the company and its Licensee 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.
              Sarah Fox

              Sarah Fox
              International Franchise Manager

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                Sarah oversees the International Franchise section of our business, covering Australia and Ireland at present. Having worked in HR, Sales and Operations over the past 20 years in sectors such as Telecoms, Marketing, Recruitment and Technology, Sarah has great experience of working with many different cultures, start-up’s to SME’s and has worked in the larger corporate environments as well.   A great generalist with a strong variety of skills to adapt to the Franchising world.
                Felicity Down

                Felicity Down
                Marketing and Franchise Recruitment Manager

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                Felicity’s role is to oversee the Marketing strategy of The HR Dept and the recruitment of new HR Professionals to our growing franchise network. Felicity has 10 years’ Marketing and Business Development experience from roles held within the financial services and hospitality sectors. Felicity is also an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). If you want to find out more about The HR Dept, please feel free to get in touch with Felicity directly.