About us

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Gemma Cooke BA MCIPD

Gemma joined Harwood HR in 2018 with nearly 20 years’ experience within; Human Resources, Employment Law, Recruitment and Training. After studying a Degree in Human Resource Management Gemma went on to complete her CIPD Diploma in Personnel Management at Kingston University. Working across a variety of sectors including; professional services, retail, catering and education.


Karin Baxter MA in HRM
HR Consultant

Karin joined Harwood HR in 2022 after the pandemic where she took some time off to home school her three daughters. Having completed her BA degree in Social Sciences with Psychology she went on to complete her Masters in Human Resource Management at Westminster University. Karin has over 15 years experience in HR, working in numerous sectors ranging from hospitality, manufacturing, finance and not for profit.

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Zanya Smith
HR & Business Administrator

Zanya joined us in July 2021, and is busy learning the ropes all things Business and HR admin. Zanya primarily assists with our recruitment services and the administration of client projects, as well as running our company social media platforms. For a hobby, Zanya loves singing and during her free time enjoys spending time with her son.


Roz Harwood

Roz Harwood, the founder of Harwood HR, has 20 years experience in HR Management roles within the UK. Her passion for HR and helping organisations resolve their HR challenges quickly and cost effectively was her motivation for starting Harwood HR.

"We have now used Harwood HR twice, and we could not be happier. Gemma was extremely helpful and kept me informed the whole way. They did all the work for us, and narrowed it down to three fantastic candidates. Could not recommend Harwood HR more. They make what can be quite a stressful process incredibly easy."

We have extensive experience providing HR support, training and advice to small and medium-sized businesses across a wide variety of industry sectors. These include:

  • Building and Construction.
  • Education.
  • Design.
  • Financial Services.
  • Information Technology.
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical.
  • Not for Profit.
  • Recruitment.
  • Retail and Sales.
  • Service and Support.
  • Social Care.

Our small team look forward to welcoming your enquiries and helping to make your business a success.

If you would like to know how Harwood HR can help your business, please give us a call or use the contact us page. We look forward to hearing from you.

At Harwood HR, all of our Consultants and Associates have a number of things in common.
We all have…

  • Experience in hands-on operational HR roles;
  • A passion for providing high quality customer focussed HR services;
  • A willingness to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in;
  • The ability to listen to our customers and provide high quality professional advice.

Professional Memberships:

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD.

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