Sarah Loates

Sarah Loates is a chartered HR professional with over 20 years HR experience. During this time she has provided HR advice and support to a wide range of industry types and sectors, ranging from private and family owned businesses whilst at PKF Cooper Parry, to the leadership level of multinational corporations such as E.ON. Sarah’s areas of expertise include employee relations, employment law and talent management.

Sarah is the founder of Loates Business Solutions Ltd, the parent company of LoatesHR and LoatesTraining. Established in 2011, the company has rapidly grown, and now has Derby city-centre offices and a whole team of HR consultants.

Sarah continues to be an active practitioner in her field, delivering both HR consultancy and training on behalf of her business. She also teaches on Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development HR courses, and has been an Associate Lecturer and mentor on HR and business degree programmes for the University of Derby and Staffordshire University. In addition to her postgraduate academic qualifications, Sarah is an ACAS certified mediator, and one of the few HR professionals to hold the Pensions Management Institute Certificate in Pensions Auto Enrolment. Sarah is also an alumni of the University of Derby, having completed her undergraduate Business Studies degree there in the early 90s.

Despite her high level of experience and professional expertise, Sarah nevertheless remains down-to-earth and approachable. She prides herself on her ability to build long-term relationships with her clients, and provide them with pragmatic, business-focussed solutions.

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Qualifications

  • MCIPD
  • MSc Human Resources Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies

Factoids

  • Sarah can play the trombone. And numerous other less amusing musical instruments.

Movie Quote

  • "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."

Links

Sarah writes for a number of HR and business websites

Community & Social Responsibility

First Steps Derbyshire

Sarah is a board trustee and the HR team provide pro bono HR support

QUAD

Sarah is a board trustee and provides pro bono HR support

Women’s Work Derby

The HR team provides pro bono HR support

University of Derby

Sarah is a student mentor, the HR team deliver guest lectures and support events

Derby Hub

Sarah is has been a director since 2012

Some of Sarah’s Testimonials

Trusted voice of advice and experience

“Working as an extension to the team, Sarah has been a trusted voice of advice and experience to my growing business. She has given me the support and guidance I needed to expand my workforce through clear and straight-forward direction. I find Sarah to be knowledgeable, flexible and approachable.”

Laura Faulkner
Director

Extremely professional

“I have known Sarah for over 8 years and when Calor required some additional support for its talent programmes and Development Centre, I had no doubt that Sarah at Loates Business Solutions Ltd could provide the high quality assistance that Calor would expect, and Sarah quickly arranged and secured the high quality assessment support we had requested. This support worked very well and the assessor was able to pick up the responsibilities quickly and was extremely professional, with both the depth and breadth of experience that added value to our process. We would certainly look for Loates Business Solutions Ltd to support us in the future.”

John Sanderson
HR Manager

LoatesHR are very much part of our team

“LoatesHR are very much part of our team, providing good clear advice just when we need it. They provide the perfect HR solution for any SME.”

Matt Crampton
Director

Most professional, excellent service

“I found Sarah from Loates Business Solutions Ltd to be most professional from the start of her intervention until the end. Sarah made a difficult situation as simple and straightforward as possible for me as the owner of a small/medium sized business with limited HR resources and experience. The level of anxiety for me and my team was reduced by Sarah’s intervention which was fair to all parties whilst safeguarding the business within the realms of employment law. I would recommend Sarah and her company to any employer who needs HR representation, advice and support. Sarah can be relied upon and I will certainly be using her excellent service should the need arise in the future.”

Zoe Reynolds
Owner

Knowledge and experience has been invaluable

“Sarah has supported our company for the past year, her knowledge and experience in regards to HR has been invaluable. We will continue to use Loates Business Solutions Ltd in the future. Thanks Sarah.”

Tracy Blackburn
Project Manager