Working as an extension of your team.



We believe a successful business operates good people practices and make good employers.

Everyone involved in our business operates as a founding member.

Realistic and Straight-talking, we do what is right.

We believe being trustworthy, discreet and credible makes us great business partners.

 We will keep promises, deliver commitments, be flexible and adaptable to achieve results.

The HR Branch provides HR consultancy and business support to public and private sector organisations across the East Midlands and beyond. With a unique understanding of the complexity of public sector organisations, we bring this expertise to businesses of all shapes and sizes.


At The HR Branch, our team offers complete flexibility for clients and can work on a project basis or on a monthly retainer depending on the client's needs. We offer the benefit of experienced HR consultants who are available to ensure that we support your business and that any urgent requirements can be accommodated.


Our consultants have extensive experience across a variety of HR projects including merging council services, delivering HR strategies, payroll and pensions advice and generalist HR support. We specialise in TUPE and we have supported many clients to resolve multiple transfers and legacy TUPE issues. Our consultants have DBS experience at lead counter signatory level and can advise on DBS matters and safer recruitment.

Your HR department

The HR Branch can support clients on an ongoing basis offering a helpline, on-site attendance and bespoke documentation. Our consultants can act as your HR department or an additional HR resource working closely with management teams and boards of Directors to not only ensure legal compliance and best practice but also to support business growth. 

We have significant commercial and senior management experience to be able to support leaders to deliver their aims.

Our Promise
  • Excellence & commitment to supporting your business is what sets us apart.
  • We will be your trusted partner, we are fair, confidential, ethical and will act with the utmost integrity.
  • You can be open and honest with us, and you can expect you will get this in return.
  • We will set realistic expectations for you.
  • We are committed to being the best business partners we can and deliver real, practical value for our clients
  • We will deliver clear advice at all times and have a ‘get it done’ approach
  • We pride ourselves on expert solutions tailored to individual business.


60 years combined experience


Support available 24/7

10k +

Access to 10k + HR tools and resources


A dedicated HR team that won't let you down



June - 2002

Katharine and Becky starting working together in Local Government Personnel. 

August - 2019

Began working together on HR consultancy basis with Teddy keeping us in check!

May - 2020

The HR Branch was born

May - 2020

Henry joined the team

June - 2021

Kathryn joined the team

December - 2021

Kathryn nominated for apprenticeship award

February - 2023

Kathryn completed her apprenticeship

March - 2023

We re-branded with the help of Dsquared in Stamford to giving us a fresh new look!

April - 2023

We moved into our new Headquarters

May - 2023

Anna joins the team

June - 2023

Our new Website launched

November - 2023

We raised £370 for Stand Up to Cancer!

December - 2023

Kate Frain joined as an Associate



Our team of HR Specialists

Katharine Nundy

Director | MCIPD, MSc HRM

Katharine is an experienced Director level consultant with a background in delivering effective HR solutions. Previously operating at senior leadership level in district councils and being a current Director of a multi-million-pound turnover SME, she has worked on supporting start-ups, high-growth SMEs, organisational structure reviews, reward strategies, job evaluation, senior pay and reward, senior management recruitment and exits and transformational change.

Katharine is highly valued by clients for adopting a practical, commercial approach and adding value through HR. Katharine believes in collaborating with clients to deliver HR strategies for business growth, leadership development and complex employee relations matters.

Rebecca Gardner

Director | Associate CIPD, MAAT

Rebecca is an experienced HR professional with over 15 years HR Manager experience. She is also a qualified accountant with a payroll management background. Throughout her career, Rebecca has been involved in all aspects of HR with a passion for employee relations. Most recently she has supported clients with redundancy programmes, long term sickness cases, disciplinary and grievance investigations and payroll and pensions advice, alongside provision of generalist HR support.

Rebecca is well regarded by clients for her structured, methodical approach to managing people and ensuring business-focused solutions are achieved.

Anna Robinson

HR Advisor

Anna started her HR career by completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management at Lincoln University after completing her first degree at Royal Holloway, London.

She has been fortunate to pepper her HR career in the UK with stints in Canada and Australia where she also worked in business and recruitment.

Anna is a versatile member of the team with particular experience in HR policies, HR projects, payroll processing and advice, recruitment, HR systems and generalist HR advice.

Kathryn Heatherington

HR Administrator

Kathryn started her career with the HR Branch as an apprentice whilst she undertook a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business at Boston College. Since completing her apprenticeship, she has become a permanent, invaluable member of the team where she supports clients with payroll processing, HR administration and dealing with general enquiries.

Kathryn makes sure the daily administrative operations of the business run smoothly and supports The HR Branch consultants. She is also the technical IT guru for our team and troubleshoots all of the problems we find along the way.


Transport & distribution
Food production, farming & agriculture
Leisure & hospitality
Biogas & green energy
Non departmental government bodies
Local authorities
Food service / catering
Electrical contractors
Accountants’ practices
Construction, engineering & manufacturing


Whether you’re a small business drowning in a sea of HR admin, compliance docs and navigating legal employment jargon or a larger organisation looking for bespoke HR or an additional HR resource, then we would love to hear from you.