Atkinson HR Consulting, 12 Elnor Lane, Whaley Bridge, SK23 7JN

tel: 07971 173175.


CIPD People Management Awards 2019 Winner

© 2019 by Atkinson HR Consulting Limited. Company number: 10705542

12 Elnor Lane, Whaley Bridge, SK23 7JN

Creating change, building capacity and driving quality people management, performance and leadership in values-driven organisations across the UK. 

Outcome Focused I Quality I Sustainability I Honest I Pragmatic


Graham Atkinson

Managing Director &

Lead Consultant 

Graham set up Atkinson HR Consulting in 2017 and is an experienced Voluntary Sector senior leader including over 5-years as Director of People, Governance and Performance at the National Union of Students and 7-years as Director of Membership Services and HR at Northumbria Students’ Union. 

Graham is the lead consultant on many of our projects and provides support and guidance to the rest of the team.


Laura Atkinson

Director of Operations


Laura has over 4 years’ experience in compliance and performance management, and over 10 years’ experience in customer services and support.


She is responsible for our business systems and processes, communications and marketing, and is the office-based point of contact for our clients.


Laura also works with our clients on investigations, grievances and other casework. 


Eleanor Walker

People & Development


Eleanor joined our team in June 2019 in the role of People and Development Consultant. She's an experienced HR / L&D business partner with a strong background in performance management, coaching and Learning & Development.

She joined us from the Fung Group, where she spent four years as Learning and Organisational Development Manager, working with business leaders across Europe to develop L&D / OD strategies. 


Tom Flynn

Associate Consultant


Tom is Chief Executive of Royal Holloway Students’ Union, a large charity with £7m turnover and over 500 staff.


He is an experienced leader within the HE sector and is a Trustee at The Albert Kennedy Trust. He's due to complete his MSc in Charity Accounting & Financial Management at Cass Business School.


Tom's focus for Atkinson HR Consulting is on governance and strategy development in the Voluntary Sector.



Offering expert review, change management and leadership in the following areas:

  • Developing a new people strategy

  • Organisation design/reorganisation

  • Employee relations casework

  • Reward and recognition

  • Induction and on-boarding

  • Employee engagement programmes

  • HR policies and processes


Development and delivery of high-quality training designed to meet your needs. 

  • Team building and leadership for Elected Officers, Senior Managers and Boards

  • Lumina Spark psychological tool

  • Strategic planning

  • Leadership

  • Change management

  • Recruitment & Selection for managers

  • Performance management

  • Accountability



High-quality, outcome-focused interim management at Chief Executive and HR Director level - utilising over 12-years of senior management and Board-level experience.  Expert background in HR, with complimentary experience of leading governance, events, IT, marketing, strategy and planning functions throughout a results-driven career.


A high challenge, high support coaching offer to develop and support leaders to ensure you are delivering effectively against organisation strategy and tackling thorny, difficult problems.



James Brooks

Chief Executive

Lincoln Students' Union 

We used the services of Atkinson HR Consulting Ltd. at a recent Leadership Team residential. Everyone found the sessions very informative and useful in developing the new team as well as raising awareness of different functions within a team and how to work with others with different strengths. 

Louise Aiken

Membership Services

York St John SU

We engaged Graham to deliever a development programme for our newly elected officers. The officers, myself and the CEO found the two days intensive without realising as Graham kept everyone in the room with his engaging and supportive style. It was a pleasure working with Graham and I look forward to using his services in the future.

Victoria Langer

Director of Influencing & Operations Save the Children

When I worked with Graham at NUS I found him open, honest and engaging. He always made the time to talk through challenging HR and people issues, and was a reliable source of information and ideas. I always felt that Graham had a fair and balanced approach to staff engagement, even in the face of difficult and thorny situations.

Martyn Williams

Chief Executive

Northumbria Students' Union 

I have worked in Students’ Union’s as a senior manager for over 28 years and without question Graham is one of the most gifted and high achieving people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing or working with.





Our 1-day Recruitment & Selection Masterclass provides the knowledge to create an excellent candidate experience to ensure you attract, select and retain great staff and volunteers.  



Our 2-day Trainers' Masterclass provides the tools to help trainers transform their content into meaningful sessions with lasting impact. 



If you would like further information on our products and services, we now have a brochure available to download. This provides further details of our packages and the costings.