Andy and Caroline set up Holgate HR in 2008 and since then have provided a trusted service to our client base. Our team work tirelessly to ensure you will get the best advice, tailored to your specific needs.
What sets us apart is our expertise, our passion for HR and development, our commitment to excellence and our strong ethical values.
Andy is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), and in his corporate career has led large HR functions within FTSE 250 businesses and within the not-for-profit sector. As such, he brings extensive first-hand experience of the challenges faced by line managers when managing performance and facilitating change within the teams they manage, both in the UK and across Europe. He also has a vast amount of experience in developing and running assessment centres to help multinational organisations appoint their senior team members.
Andy’s Investors in People Practitioner status allows him to support businesses who wish to gain the accreditation or continue to make improvements in their people practices to accelerate growth.
What Our Team Say About Andy
Andy is our HR guru and our sound coach and mentor. There are very few HR issues that he hasn’t come across in his successful career as a HR director and consultant. From working with small SME’s and local charities, to flying around the globe to carry out his work, it would be an understatement to call him hardworking. Early morning starts and short trips to Europe and back are not uncommon for Andy and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Having said that, we do believe that during the pandemic he has enjoyed a break from Newcastle airport as Zoom has become the replacement for his travels!
Words that come to mind when thinking about what Andy brings to the team have to include….. super organised, dedicated, passionate, level-headed, wise and great company to be around!
On the rare occasion Andy isn’t working hard you will probably find him supporting Manchester United, having been an avid fan since his younger days growing up in the North West.
What Our Team Say About Caroline
Here at Holgate HR, we are small enough to thankfully miss out on that corporate feel of work. Instead, we operate well as a full team, of which Caroline holds the ‘mum like’ position. Whilst in (and out) of the office she is never switched off and constantly working hard… (even when on holiday). She is also an extremely caring and thoughtful person who will make time for those she cares about and often shows her generosity in other ways, such as making regular charity donations. Whilst often being self-confessed as ‘to do list addict’, Caroline is very committed to her work and never lets anybody down, even if that does mean a 4 am start.
She has the perfect balance of work hard, play harder and we would be lying if we said she didn’t reward herself now and again! You’ll most likely find her head down, surrounded by papers working hard on a disciplinary/grievance or if not there she will be on her phone that never stops ringing offering her expert advice to our clients. Overall, Caroline is a very fun, bubbly person to work and socialise with and she is a very strong-minded, driven woman who won’t be beaten by much! Team Holgate HR would be lost without her.
What Our Team Say About Hannah
Hannah joined the team in early 2018 and immediately we knew she’d be a great asset. From a work point of view, Hannah is renowned for being so organised it’s quite scary. She likes system, structure and getting things right first time – so all in all you could say she has the perfect qualities for a HR Administrator, as well as huge potential to go places in her HR career.
She is bubbly, friendly and always positive. If you ever want a chat about Netflix or major TV shows (like Love Island) Hannah should be your ‘go to’ person.
Finally, we had to mention her incredible mentoring/coaching ability … having successfully onboarded Buddy (her dog) into the team, who she line manages with skill and passion.
Quite simply Hannah is the glue in the team!
What Our Team Say About Joe
Joe is the person behind all of our fantastic website content, informative blog posts, newsletters and all of our interaction on social media. He is our technology Wizkid, and our wordsmith, and we would be pretty stumped without him!
He brings a calm to the team with his laid-back/nothing is too much trouble demeanour and is always great company to be around.
Outside of work Joe is quite the food connoisseur and enjoys supporting local businesses where he can. His passion for music shines through too, so if you want to discuss local produce or alternative music in the North, we’d say pick up the phone to Joe for a chat.