About Us




Established in 2000, HR Champions were frontrunners in the concept of a consultancy dedicated to the provision of HR Services for other businesses. We’ve steadily and organically grown into a leading independent HR and Training Consultancy, enjoying an excellent reputation.

We thrive on our culture of delivering outstanding customer service, and pride ourselves in being flexible and nimble whilst remaining at all times business-like and professional. We believe that our success is largely due to our ability to get under the skin of and understand our clients, developing a strong relationship and rapport.

Over the last 19 years, we have continually developed both in terms of the organisation that we are and the services we provide to clients. We have also developed a network of associates for both HR and training who we can call upon should the situation require it.

Our EmployerGuard service provides HR and Employment Law advice, key documentation, on-sit support and other support services, whilst our dedicated training team is able to offer accredited ILM training, mental health training, and a whole suite of wider courses that individuals and business can benefit from.

Our team

Cathy O'Donoghue - Managing Director

Cathy is the MD of HR Champions having been in HR for all of her career and running HR Champions for 21 years. Cathy is passionate about developing individuals to their full potential to support a growing organisation and developing an engaged workforce. Cathy’s experience of successfully running her own business supports her executive coaching activities whilst her vast employment law experience drives her passion for best practice and commercial people management.

Kieran O'Donoghue - Director 

Kieran’s role is predominantly operational and he oversees the marketing, financial, and IT aspects of the business. The delivery of outstanding customer service is top of Kieran’s priorities and he’s also a recognizable face of HR Champions at various business and networking events.


Julie Bettridge - Training Manager 

Julie has been our Training Manager for over 8 years. Her speciality as a trainer is in Leadership and Management, and she facilitates ILM levels 2 to 5 in this topic, as well as levels 3 and 5 certificate in coaching. Julie also designs and delivers bespoke training sessions for clients on a wide range of subjects such as Dignity at Work, Having Difficult Conversation, Communication skills and Assertiveness, and she is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid trainer.


Tom Holmes - Customer Relationship Manager

Tom is the main point of contact for all training needs, from the initial client consultation, to signing up each individual delegate before they start their first day of training. So if you have any burning training questions, Tom is your man.

Keeleigh O'Malley - Marketing Assistant

Keeleigh joined HR Champions as an admin assistant and has progressed to marketing assistant. She is supporting the marketing team whilst completing a Level 3 Marketing apprenticeship. Keeleigh is getting to grips with good marketing practice and generating business opportunities for HR Champions.  

Rhi Trillo - Project Manager 

Rhi manages our funded training contracts from signing our delegates up to completing their final progression. Rhi supports our training function by facilitating the administration processes and quality of delivery, marking and internal verification of all ILM submissions to support our accreditation as an ILM centre. Rhi has completed her ILM Level 2, 3 and 4 qualifications in Leadership and Management. Using her previous managerial experience and qualifications, she also assists learners with any training related questions they might have

Betty - Employee Wellbeing Officer

It’s widely recognised that having a pet in the workplace help to promote a sense of wellbeing and reduce stress amongst employees. I’ve been a member of the team at HR Champions for over eight years now, in fact ever since I was house-trained, and I take my duties of being cute and cuddly very seriously. I’m very popular amongst staff and visitors and I like to meet the delegates on training days. You’ll often see me sat in the window at the office so feel free to come and say hi and bring me a treat. In my spare time I like going for walks and chasing squirrels.