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

CIPD People Management Awards 2019 Winner

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 5-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 Consultant

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 4-years as Learning and Organisational Development Manager, working with business leaders across Europe to develop L&D / OD strategies. 


Antonia Lowther

Junior People & Development Consultant

Antonia joined our team in June 2020 in the role of Junior People and Development Consultant. She has extensive HR experience working in both the private and public sectors, with a specialisation in complex employee relations and has a solid understanding of operational HR. 


She joined our team from Lincolnshire Cooperative, where she worked on managing and building a sustainable cultural change for the business. 


Tom Flynn

Associate Consultant


Tom is Managing Director of Imperial College Union, and was previously 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.


Vic Langer

Associate Consultant


Vic started her career in the student movement and spent 10-years at the National Union of Students where amongst other things she provided support to the NEC, training to students’ union officers and staff, and helped them run award winning campaigns. 

She moved on from NUS to spend 6-years at Save the Children where she  held various leadership positions, the final one as Strategy Director where she authored the organisation’s 2019-21 strategy and delivered the first year of its transformation program.

Vic will work with Atkinson HR Consulting clients on grievance investigations and change management. 




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.



What our clients say


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. 

Vicky Greig

 Scouts Association

The Scouts asked Atkinson HR Consulting to join us at difficult time when we needed additional senior support in our People function, especially to help us prepare for our IiP assessment. They were able to very quickly identify the issues that needed addressing, create a plan of action and then get on and deliver it! 

Bill Freeman

Community Transport Association

In 2018 we commissioned Atkinson HR Consulting to lead two projects. They led our Pay Framework Review, developing a new pay policy and structure and a means of evaluating and grading roles when they are established and when reviews are required. They also conducted a management effectiveness review advising us on taking a strategic approach to refocusing after a period of challenges inside and outside the organisation. This has enabled us to develop a robust plan for implementing changes to our structure and a wider change management program around our working culture, nurturing the talent of our staff and our ability to consistently achieve quality work.

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.



If you would like further details relating to the services we provide, or would like to discuss your own specific needs, please complete the contact form and a member of our team will be in touch. 

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tel: 07971 173175.

email: Atkinson.HRconsulting@gmail.com

CIPD People Management Awards 2019 Winner
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