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.



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


  • 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."


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


Sarah is a board trustee and provides pro bono HR support

Derby Hub

Sarah is has been a director since 2012

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

One of Sarah’s Testimonials

"Sarah at LoatesHR is a knowledgeable, professional and straight-talking expert. Whenever I need advice, information or help, Sarah is always on hand to guide me and my business to the fairest and correct solution. Sarah is so incredibly reliable and I would, without hesitation, recommend LoatesHR to any business, of any size."
Yvonne Gorman
Owner & Print Evangelist
Essential Print Services