HR Consultancy

Strategic and operational HR advice, coaching and change management for SME businesses

Whether setting up effective operating practices, deploying modern performance management approaches, boosting revenue per-head returns, or simply being on the end of the phone for HR advice and support, we bring our extensive director-level expertise to your team to enhance your people strategy: optimising performance, engagement and impact.

From succession planning to performance management and strategic planning, we can help you to find the answers to the questions that keep you awake at night, adding real business value.  We are well versed in implementing solutions in rapid high growth start-up and maturing environments, often in short time frames and on restricted budgets. We'll always seek to offer agile solutions that minimise bureaucracy and distraction from your core business, whilst focusing on creating an engaging and scalable culture where your employees want to stay.

Core services

Advisory services

Advising, supporting or leading on any people related matters - investigations, restructures, TUPE, compliance and more.

HR solutions

Designing and embedding awesome practices, documentation, systems, and processes to optimise the effectiveness of your HR services.

Engagement & Culture

Supporting you to embed values and purpose, developing your irresistible employee value proposition and optimising key engagement drivers.

HR strategy

Delivering tailored project frameworks through to defining your full strategic HR optimisation roadmap aligned with your business imperatives.

Performance optimisation

Ensuring optimal conditions for your talent to thrive through modern performance management, talent development and succession planning.

Coaching & Mentoring

Empowering your staff to bloom through 1:1 coaching and mentoring, and/or setting up internal coaching, mentoring or buddy schemes.

How we work

Our services are aimed at any business from 5 - 750 staff wishing to maximise the effectiveness of their people agenda in a progressive, pragmatic and impactful way.  We can take the hassle out of HR so our clients can concentrate on doing what they do best.

We offer one-off, fixed-term and ad-hoc support packages which reflect your needs and resource levels. Whether it be a quick advisory phone call, specific HR project, coaching and mentoring, or full people strategy development and deployment - we can help.  Our flexible approach allows you to pay for only the support you need, when you need it.

All our services and solutions are bespoke so you can be sure we work with your business to shape and deploy a people strategy which reflects your culture and commercial objectives. We can provide services onsite or offsite and will agree a SLA with you to ensure you have access to responsive support and services.

Why not give us a call or drop us an email today for a free, no obligation consultation.


HR Consultant and Coach, HR Optimisation

Hannah Powell, MCIPD, M.A., Bsc.

Hannah has 20+ years' senior HR generalist experience under her belt, including 4 years as an in-house HR Director at a >£250M rev business. Most recently Hannah's known for being a strategic HR partner for multi-sector ambitious and often rapid growth businesses.  She specialises in delivering impartial and practical advice and coaching, with indepth knowledge of HR management, employment law, organisational development, L&D and culture change.  She's well versed in exploring the issues and challenges ambitious SMEs face, and has a proven track record of delivering effective HR solutions and coaching that bolster the businesses' commercial edge.

Hugely passionate about employee engagement and corporate culture, Hannah has a strong focus on optimising the performance of  people; looking at everything from the way clients recruit and retain talent, through to engaging them through their work and development, and building brand advocacy amongst their people.  She works with individuals, and organisations cross-sector such as media, high tech, SaaS, utilities, legal and manufacturing. Her interest and passion are in engagement, employee experience, well-being, performance and leadership.

MCIPD qualified with a MA in Personnel & Development, a Bsc. in Psychology and an Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring; Hannah is a knowledgeable and dependable HR practitioner and coach who injects fun and enthusiasm into HR.

Hannah likes her cappuccinos frothy, her gin with fever-tree, and she loves travelling.


Adam Ross

COO, AWIN Global
Hannah is an incredibly dedicated, thorough and talented HR Director who would be an asset to any business. She built and shaped our nascent HR Department and her legacy lives on today….I hope you enjoy working with Hannah, she’s brilliant!

Mike Morgan

Managing Partner, Morgan Sports Law
Hannah is a value-creating, insightful professional who we can always depend on to deliver sage advice and quality work.  She is a pleasure to work with, responsive and highly knowledgeable in all things HR!

Chris Harrison

CEO, bio-bean
Hannah’s support in guiding our business through a restructure and redundancy programme…[amongst other HR activities undertaken for us], was brilliant. Her professional guidance/advice, work rate and quality of work was impressive against a backdrop of challenging resource limitations, experienced by many small early stage development businesses.

Head of Growth

Tech start-up
HRO are a great resource for us – we get quick, dependable advice on our trickier people issues….. We find Hannah very easy to work with and feel she understands our culture and offers solutions to fit our needs.

Business coachee

Hannah’s coaching has been great. I have developed improved self awareness and commitment to achieving my career goals. I’m forever grateful for her wisdom and encouraging me to achieve more than I first thought.

Anthony Coates-Smith

Managing Director - Utilities
Hannah has been an excellent resource for us - helping to significantly optimise our people strategy and HR operations.....singlehandedly she's the best strategic appointment decision we made in 2020.




London & South East

Mail to: HR Optimisation, Ground Floor, 265-269 Wimbledon Park Rd, London SW19 6NW

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