Holgate hr
HR & Development Services
With over fifty years HR and people development know-how - you are in expert hands


Holgate HR was founded and is run by Andy Holgate and Caroline Dixon, who have 50 years of professional experience between them, working at a senior and strategic level in human resource management, in a range of organisations across all sectors.

Having been established for nine years now, last year Holgate HR grew the team with the appointment of our first intern from Northumbria University, Ruby.  The newest member of the team will be joining us in mid February - so watch this space for information on our new HR Officer.

Our clients tell us how much they benefit from the significant level of specialist HR and Organisational Development expertise which they have access to when working with us. The CIPD qualified team at Holgate HR have extensive capability and can support with everything from the strategic to the transactional, with no issue/project being too small or too large.

Our approach is based upon the following values:

  • A belief in the value of people: That people are the key to any successful organisation and your competitive advantage.

  • Forging strong partnerships: We want to build relationships with our clients that contribute to their long term success.

  • Proudly specialist: Creating successful organisations and high-performing workplaces is what we’re all about – It is our offer, not a ‘bolt-on’ or an additional element of a wider business.

  • Acting with integrity: We’re totally focused on always fully understanding the needs of our prospective clients, before deciding if we are best placed to assist. Therefore we will never seek to simply sell ‘packages’, or to promote our products or services where they aren’t required or don’t offer the client the best solution. We design and deliver the right solution in consultation with our clients; one that is tailored to their precise needs and circumstances.


Andy Holgate

Andy Holgate

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 busineses 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. He also brings significant expertise in terms of practical HR advice he provides to clients of Holgate HR.  
In his spare time, Andy passionately supports his childhood heros, and has been an avid fan of Manchester United since he was a young man growing up in the North West.  


Caroline Dixon

Caroline Dixon

Caroline is a CIPD qualified HR and Training professional with almost 25 years’ experience and a proven ability to deliver high quality HR support.  She has a wealth of experience in handling complicated employee relations cases, and has been highly praised for her professionalism when dealing with difficult employee situations.  She has worked with a range of clients including high street banks, large retail chains and local authorities, and not for profit organisations. 
It goes without saying that Caroline thorougly enjoys her work, but when there is some down time, spending time with her family is how she chooses to unwind. 

Latest News

Recruitment Case Study: Finding new talent for a global consultancy organisation

Our approach to recruitment is based on a belief in the value of people and a commitment to building strong partnerships with our clients. This case study shows you exactly how we went about finding our client two exceptional hires who are still in post today
Celebrating 10 Years of Holgate HR @ The Biscuit Factory

This year marks 10 years of Holgate HR so to celebrate we gathered our friends, family, clients and colleagues at The Biscuit Factory for food, drinks, conversation and caricatures.
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