Matilda Swanson

I’m Matilda, a Team Loates member since 2017. I am the Lead Employee Relations specialist for a continually growing client base. I value supporting my clients through the booms and busts of owning a business.

My clients are a range of sectors and industries, primarily based in the East Midlands but some call from around the UK. I help the new and small, to big and established.

The typical support I gave is for disciplinaries, grievances, absence, performance, capability, termination, settlement agreements, TUPE and redundancy.

I audit HR processes to ensure businesses have the appropriate grounding in place from the outset. I also review HR documentation, including contracts, handbooks, policies and procedures to align these with your business needs, values and culture.

My HR career stemmed from a degree in Psychology. Before joining Loates I worked as an internal HR specialist in a range of sectors before making the move to HR consultancy.



  • Assoc CIPD
  • Mental Health First Aider
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

Movie Quote

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


  • I am so proud to have been a finalist at the East Midlands Chamber Enterprising Women Awards 2019 for Female Employee of the Year. Prouder yet I have been nominated again for the same award in 2021.
  • I settled in Derby and then had to persuade my partner to let us have a cat. Meet Wilma!

What people say about Matilda

Professional and very knowledgeable

Matilda has provided support on a range of HR matters. She always responds so quickly in a helpful and concise manner. She is very helpful and has the right approach. I would highly recommend Loates HR Consultancy.

Amy Taylor
Finance Director

Prompt and efficient service

In our time using the services of Loates, we have always found Matilda and the team to be very responsive to queries coming back to us in a very quick timeframe and providing excellent advice and support for all HR matters, both by email or virtually in meetings.

Judy Thomas
Director of Contractor Services
Community Pharmacy Wales

Professional, approachable and knowledgeable.

Matilda has provided support on a range of HR matters. Her knowledge and expertise is clear. We value her ability to weigh up a situation, considering the needs of all parties. She is objective and fair at all times. She provides a friendly and professional service, responding quickly and effectively to any matter. We have found the support provided by Matilda and Loates as a whole has been invaluable for our business operations.

Emily Dennett
Operations Manager
Solo Support Servies

Always on hand to help

Loates HR and especially Matilda have supported us through a complicated TUPE process. I had the pleasure of working alongside Matilda to get the process initiated and safely over the line, she was an absolute godsend! Always professional, positive and supportive – I know I’d have struggled without her. So thank you for all your help and guidance.

Kate Gillespie
Director of Housing

Excellent Service

Matilda has been a huge help to our company especially as we experienced managing employees for the first time and trying to navigate all the challenges that come along with that. She answered all my questions and helped me through some difficult situations. I’ve also attended a couple workshops led by Sarah who is wonderful at communicating and clarifying the sometimes complicated HR issues. 100% would recommend.

Elizabeth Crump
Ascot Fencing Ltd

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

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
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