Sue Tumelty


Sue Tumelty is the Founder and Executive Director of HR Dept. Sue started the company in Bristol in 2002 after working interim roles at blue-chip companies. She spotted a gap in the market to offer personalised expert HR services to SMEs across all industries at an affordable price. The HR Dept grew quickly. However, Sue wanted to ensure it maintained its key strength: keeping it ‘local and personal’. Instead of hiring associates, she developed a franchise network of experienced HR professionals across the UK. In November 2021, The HR Dept Group Ltd became an Employee Ownership Trust. Today, the HR Dept is the UK’s largest network of HR professionals providing outsourced HR support with franchises in Ireland and Australia.