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

About Us

Holgate HR was founded by Andy Holgate and Caroline Dixon, who have a combined professional experience of over 50 years. Before setting out on their own, Caroline and Andy had been working at a senior and strategic level in human resource management across a range of organisations and sectors .

February 2019 marked Holgate HR's 10th birthday and shortly after celebrating this milestone, we welcomed two new faces to the team: Marketing and Business Development Assistant, Joe Roberts and HR Administrator, Hannah Dixon.

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 Values

  • A belief in the value of people: That people are the key to any successful organisation and your competitive advantage.
  • A commitment to 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: Our primary focus is on fully understanding the needs of our prospective clients. This means we never seek to simply sell ‘packages’. 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. 

The latest from our blog

Guidance on notice periods

The Employment Rights Act sets out the statutory minimum notice period that employers are required to give to employees to terminate employment.  
Ideas for team activities

We all know our world changed in March with the lockdown arrangements needed to contain the coronavirus pandemic.  We certainly know the impact this has had on our working lives too.   This week as a team we agreed to give some thought to a different type of team building activity to keep us together even when we are not working together day to day.  We will let you know what activity we decide on and may even post some pics of the madness ….. watch this space!

In the meantime, here are some simple ideas you could do together as a team via Teams, Zoom or Google meet.
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