Matilda Swanson

Matilda’s career in HR stems from a degree in Psychology 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.

Before joining Loates, Matilda started her career as an internal HR specialist which spanned across a diverse range of sectors around the UK including a number of small family owned SMEs, a third sector charity and an e-commerce fashion organisation. With a positive move to HR consultancy, Matilda was able to utilise her internal HR experience and add this to her approachable and empathic outlook on people and performance at work.

Since joining Loates, Matilda has specialised in Employee Relations for her continually growing client base. Matilda’s clients cover a broad display of size, sector and industry, primarily across the East Midlands but some based further around the UK. Typical support for her clients ranges from disciplinaries, grievances, absence, performance, capability, settlement agreements, TUPE and redundancy.

Matilda’s wide-ranging clients and cases makes her our go to ER specialist.

Aside from this, Matilda’s generalist HR expertise also includes auditing HR processes to ensure businesses have the appropriate grounding and frameworks in place from the outset to encourage a safe, legal and supportive workplace. Matilda frequently reviews HR practices and documentation for her clients, including contracts, handbooks, policies and procedures to align these with the business demands and culture.

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



  • Assoc CIPD
  • Mental Health First Aider
  • 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!

Excellent, Personable and Professional!

We have been partnering with Matilda at Loates HR Consultancy 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 HR Consultancy are great and we value their input greatly. Highly recommended!

James Blake
People Operations Director

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

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
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