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 Loates HR Consultancy and Loates Management Training. Established in 2011, the company has rapidly grown, with the expanded team recently moving to larger offices at the scenic and historic world heritage site of Darley Abbey Mills in Derby.
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 alumna 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.
Sarah can play the trombone. And numerous other less amusing musical instruments.
What people say about Sarah
Impressed with their professionalism
“We used Loates HR Consultancy to carry out an assessment of our current HR polices and to provide a solution to ensure we are compliant. Rosie and the team were thorough and efficient in providing the material we needed to ensure this was the case. There were several discussions and amendments to the documents but the steps taken to reach the final product were quick, easy to understand and well documented. I have been impressed with their professionalism and consequently, I have referred several clients to the team.”
“Sarah has been our HR adviser for 4 years. Sarah works as part of our team and brings her great personality, excellent knowledge and track record of experience to the business. We have always found Sarah’s support and advice to be sensible, logical and pragmatic and have no hesitation in recommending her.”
“I have known Sarah and the team at Loates HR Consultancy for six months and during this time Sarah and her team have played an integral part in supporting us in our HR function. Sarah took time to quickly understand our business and developed a plan to review key documents. The team at Loates have provided their support and services to our charity on a pro bono basis, which we are especially grateful for as it is a challenge for us as a charity to buy in this specific function, although it is key to the professional running of the charity. The team are responsive and professional and we hope to have their continued support and expertise for the foreseeable future.”
“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 HR Consultancy 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 HR Consultancy to support us in the future.”
“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.”
Most professional, excellent service
“I found Sarah from Loates HR Consultancy 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.”
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