Matilda Swanson

LoatesHR: Matilda Swanson

Matilda has HR experience across a diverse range of sectors including a number of small family owned SMEs, third sector and e-commerce fashion organisations.

Matilda’s career in HR stems from a degree in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University and an innate passion to support and help others. Previous business experience, alongside her deep understanding of the application of psychology in the workplace, developed Matilda’s enthusiasm to be involved in creating working environments where teams feel supported to work to their full potential and creativity.

Starting her HR career as an internal specialist within organisations gave Matilda a great insight into business processes and the requirements for continuous improvement and maximum performance. With a positive move to HR consultancy, Matilda is able to utilise her internal HR experience and add this to her approachable and empathic outlook on people and performance at work.

Matilda’s generalist HR expertise includes HR audit processes to ensure businesses have the appropriate grounding and frameworks in place from the outset to encourage a safe, legal and supportive workplace. Matilda enjoys reviewing HR practices and documentation, including contracts, handbooks, policies and procedures, to align these with the business culture. She is also experienced in recruitment, employee relations and supporting business through their development plans.

Matilda has thrived in helping small businesses grow to meet their strategic aims and is eager to become more involved in supporting Loates’ business clients through periods of transformational change and strategic growth.



  • Assoc CIPD
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

Movie Quote

  • "Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot."


  • Being the youngest of four ‘mostly’ grown up children, Matilda enjoys spending time back in the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire with her family.
  • She is settled in Derby but yet to persuade her partner to let her have a cat. To be continued…
  • UPDATE: Hello Wilma the kitten!

Very professional, friendly and always on hand

“We first heard of Loates HR Consultancy through a client of ours, and they came highly recommended. After now being one of their clients for 7 months we can see why! Matilda and the rest of the team are very professional, friendly and are always on hand to give advice when needed. They have also developed various documents for us and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Loates HR Consultancy are helping us to take our business to another level!”

Kathy Bennett

Professional, sensitive and practical

“We were recently referred to use Loates HR Consultancy and have been pleased with Matilda’s professional, sensitive and practical approach to her HR advice to support us with our HR and employee queries.”

Fiona Hathorn

Excellent, Personable and Professional!

We have been partnering with Matilda at Loates for several months now, her advice and support is second to none. It’s great to be able to discuss people challenges and have her external perspective; she acts as a true business partner. The whole team at Loates are great and we value their input greatly. Highly recommended!

James Blake
People Operations Director
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