HR specialists take a new look at HR recruitment and services


Four HR specialists have joined forces to form the North’s first-ever consultancy combining HR recruitment with outsourced HR services.

It’s the brainchild of Hull and East Yorkshire-based HR recruitment expert Kate van der Sluis, who says ‘old school’ recruitment agencies are out of date. Instead, their Associate model combines the recruitment of HR people with specialist HR services all under one roof, including consultancy for leadership development and executive coaching, employee engagement and talent development.

Kate, Managing Partner at Humber HR People, said more and more businesses are asking for this type of service and, perhaps surprisingly, it hasn’t been on offer before. “With the Humber region being the 11th worst in the country for productivity, we aim to help solve this dire situation.  HR is fundamentally linked to productivity.  If your people are happy your bottom line will go up.”

Kate is joined by Kellie Calvert, Associate Director of HR, Alice Ackroyd, Associate Director of Leadership Development, and Sharleen Lawless, Associate Director of Talent.

Kate added: “Humber HR People is the Humber’s only specialist HR recruitment firm dedicated to recruiting exclusively within the profession.  We are based in Hull City Centre and work with organisations on both the North and South bank of the Humber, particularly within Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing. Often these businesses have ground breaking expertise in their fields but need support with people as they grow – which is where we come in, from one-off projects, a few days a month or a few days a week.  As your business grows we help you identify what HR support you might need to employ and recruit the right person, too. “

In 2018, 72% of UK businesses struggled to find the right candidates.  The idea for Humber HR People came from over 18 years of interviewing disgruntled employees and understanding why they leave.  Kate also wanted more flexibility for herself, believing that people don’t have to work in an office 9-5 any more.

“I’ve seen business owners struggle to find the right HR consultant, Interim Support or Freelancer. Our model ensures that you are matched to someone on your wavelength.  And each of us has our own field of HR expertise, from employee relations, law and engagement to learning and development, which means that you are getting in-depth advice.”