Sarah Loates

I’m Sarah, Founding Director and HR/Training Consultant at Loates.

A proud alumna of the University of Derby, my love affair with HR started during my studies and I went on to work in HR both internally and externally for a range of sectors. My experience includes advising SMEs as an HR consultant at Cooper Parry and leading the HR service for a heavily unionised E.ON UK.

After many years of dreaming about running my own business, I finally took the leap and set up Loates HR Consultancy in 2011. I soon realised that many of the issues my clients were facing could’ve been ‘nipped in the bud’ by up-skilling managers and boosting confidence. And so, Loates Management Training was born!

I continue to be an active practitioner in my field, delivering hands-on, strategic HR support and management training on a regular basis.

My vision for the future of Loates is to further grow the team and expand into HR recruitment, something on which we are already building a strong foundation and reputation.

Key skills and specialities

  • A tenacious problem solver, working to overcome issues for Loates and our clients.
  • A pro-active resource investigator, often connecting people within my network and recommending those I know and trust to others.
  • A champion for the HR industry, offering like-minded practitioners the chance to learn and engage through social media and in-person networking opportunities.
  • Contributing to our local community in Derby and Derbyshire, including year-round support for not-for-profits.
  • Passionate about social mobility and empowering people to not be defined by where they start in life.
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