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Experts in HR

Welcome to Birch-HR consultancy, leading the way with innovative, best-practice human resource (HR) consultancy support and advice for education, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and charity sectors.

Since 2016


“At Birch-HR, we adhere to our courageous principles when managing complex leadership and people challenges head-on. With our team’s collective expert HR advisory experience, knowledge and focus on resolution, we have built an excellent reputation for providing HR consultancy support”.

Samantha Hulson, HR Director & Founder 

Leadership Development

Our new high impact leadership development programme for the education sector is raring to go. 3 key themes, managing yourself, leading within the wider trust and leading your team effectively. 

Mediation, Workplace & Commercial

Workplace dispute? Contact our impartial accredited civil mediation council (CMC) service to help resolve conflicts, employment disputes and commercial matters.

Workplace Investigations

Workplace investigation? Disciplinary, grievance, whistleblowing, dispute or other complaint, let us help ensure a fair, compliant and timely process.


Human Resources

We are a highly experienced team of HR advisory specialists, with the knowledge and abilities to assist your school, multi-academy trust (MAT), business or charity to achieve consistent long-lasting changes and significantly improve your leadership and people outcomes. We have clients across the West Midlands and UK including Birmingham, Warwickshire, Coventry, Walsall, Sandwell, Worcestershire, Dudley, across East Midlands, London boroughs and across the UK.

We Specialise In

Our Services 


With a focus on schools’ Human Resources resolution, we provide expert HR advice and guidance to the education sector. This includes for maintained, multi-academies, independent, free schools, local authorities, faith bodies and legal indemnity providers.


With a spotlight on supporting business owners and leaders up to executive board level, we provide HR consultancy support and expertise as and when needed.


Our Birmingham based HR Consultancy team provides trustees, CEO’s and other leaders of charities and not for profit organisations across the UK with flexible HR advisory support from the experts in line with your charitable purposes.

Case Studies

Find out about the work we do

Theft of Intellectual Property

Sexual Harassment or Banter?

Charity CEO Grievance Appeal


See what our clients are saying

“Great work guys massively impressed - best possible outcome - THANK YOU for all you have done”

Owen Finnigan, Headteacher, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

“It was the HR that moved it forward and supported change in ethos and high expectations. Securing Birch-HR was pivotal”

Jackie Smith, Headteacher, Baskerville School

"Love @BirchHR1 ... support is amazing, professional, fast and delivered with integrity!! Couldn’t recommend them highly enough!"

Steve Howell, Headteacher, City of Birmingham School (COBS)

Our Blog

News & Events

We provide regular HR news, briefing  and training events for our clients. We provide thought leadership articles for HR, education and business national media.

Being a Good Intern

Being a Good Intern

The key to being a good Intern…enjoy yourself!

Our HR Intern, Peter Emmanuel, gives us a brief insight on what it is like to work at Birch-HR and gives his top tips on being a good Intern.

June is for proactively supporting employees

June is for proactively supporting employees

Did you know that creating an informed, open and supportive culture can really help your school and business become an employer of choice?

Becoming an employer of choice depends on several factors, but let’s start with making your team feel supported, performing well and a culture they genuinely enjoy working for.

COVID-19 and the vaccine

COVID-19 and the vaccine

As millions of children in England went back to school and we had the first stage of the “roadmap’ out of national lockdown, we are focusing our HR News (10) on COVID-19 to help school leaders, managers and employees be prepared.


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We look forward to arranging a convenient time to establish how we can best support your current leadership with the delivery of HR consultancy and HR strategy services.