We’re Deminos – pleased to meet you!

Our motto is “people grow profits” and that’s why we focus on your business and your workforce.

Our story

Deminos started in 2007, set up by our own husband-and-wife team of Neil and Louise Atkinson.

Neil used to run a map-design company, but decided it was time to guide people in the right direction in a different way. With Louise previously working as a human resources executive and being a fellow of the CIPD, offering an HR outsourcing service was the only way to go.

Since then, Deminos has grown into a wider team of HR, employment law and health and safety advisors with all types of experience, and we believe this makes us well prepared to manage whatever HR issues come your way.

We now have a 300-strong client base of customers from a wide range of sectors, while still offering that close-knit, personal service that can only come from a family business.

Meet the Team

Neil Atkinson

Managing Director

Louise Atkinson

HR Director

Experience: I have experience in both HR and learning and development at both an advisory and strategic level, working specifically in food retail and the construction sector.  I’ve worked for Deminos since 2008 in a consultancy capacity, overseeing both the HR advisory and learning and development services, working with a broad range of clients. Specialist skills: Restructuring and change management, and employee relations. Hobbies and interests: Spending time with my family and wine appreciation.

Sam Corcoran

Training & Development Director

Experience: I have over 20 years of HR and learning and development experience. I started my career as a personnel advisor, and in the days before HR worked in retail and manufacturing sectors before joining Deminos in 2008. Specialist skills: Designing and delivering learning and development solutions, and employee engagement. Hobbies and interests: Spending time with my family and trying to keep fit in-between eating and drinking!

Elaine Kirby

Operations Director

Experience: My strengths lie in developing long term business partnering solutions with our clients, advising business leaders and owners on strategic HR and complex employee relations challenges, organisational design, commercial risk management and strategy development. I have people management and influencing skills gained in high volume, commercial, ‘multi-site’ environments, including retail, construction, manufacturing, service provision and hospitality. In a former life I worked at a senior level in retail operations management, and am particularly at home at developing HR solutions from an operations perspective. Specialist skills: HR strategy development and complex ER issues including TUPE, redundancy and restructuring. I also work towards developing long term partnering relationships with our clients. Hobbies and interests: Spending time with my family, gardening and walking.

Ed Mcfarlane

Litigator

Margaret Keshinro

HR Consultant

Experience: I have over 10 years of HR experience in both the private and public sector.   Specialist skills: Employee relations, redundancy, employee engagement, performance management, workforce planning, reward and recognition, recruitment and selection, payroll, absence management, paternity and maternity and selection, tender process, TUPE, coaching and influencing senior managers in the development of best practice.   Hobbies and interests: Travelling, personal fitness, I’m a member of a gospel choir and I enjoy reading and researching different topics that appeal to me.

Tony Edge

Business Development Director

Neil Atkinson

Neil Atkinson

Managing Director

Neil Atkinson

Managing Director

Louise Atkinson

Louise Atkinson

HR Director

Louise Atkinson

HR Director

Sam Corcoran

Sam Corcoran

Training & Development Director

Sam Corcoran

Training & Development Director

Elaine Kirby

Elaine Kirby

Operations Director

Elaine Kirby

Operations Director

Ed Mcfarlane

Ed Mcfarlane

Litigator

Ed Mcfarlane

Litigator

Margaret Keshinro

Margaret Keshinro

HR Consultant

Margaret Keshinro

HR Consultant

Tony Edge

Tony Edge

Business Development Director

Tony Edge

Business Development Director

Jenny Stanley

HR Team Leader - Team Red

Experience - 6 years working at Deminos advising a range of clients from different sectors. Previously worked at Teesside University Students Union.

Specialist skills - Redundancy restructure processes. Dealing with complex disciplinary and grievances.

Hobbies and interests – Travelling, spending time with friends and family, and currently training for the Great North Run.

Sam Adams

HR Advisor - Team Red

Experience: I hold the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Development, the CIPD Level 7, and have had previous roles in retail management and HR.

Specialist skills: Creating and developing bespoke contracts, handbooks and policies, and providing generalist HR advice and guidance.

Hobbies and interests: Spending time with family, reading, and watching box sets.

Ron Smith

HR Advisor - Team Red

Experience: I’ve 35 years’ HR experience at a variety of levels in health, education, housing and voluntary sectors.

Specialist skills: Mainly in employee and trade union relations, and in change management.  I also have 18 years’ experience as a lay member of employment tribunal panels.

Hobbies and interests: Family, golf, football (if Newcastle United counts!) and foreign travel.

Sita Anand

HR Advisor - Team Red

Experience - 10 years’ experience advising on employment law to both employers and employees incorporating HR principles.

Specialist skills - Knowledge of the tribunal process and potential claims. Ability to process complex disciplinary cases and grievances.

Hobbies and interests - Watching design programmes, and reviewing design magazines and researching on house builds. Pipe dream - would like to build my own house one day! Binging on box sets (mainly political thrillers) and spending time with family and friends.

Terry Gayle

HR Team Leader - Team Red

Experience: Over 20 years in HR, started career as a recruitment consultant in construction and IT sectors before joining Deminos in 2013.

Specialist skills: Employment tribunal judicial member since 2004, employee relations.

Hobbies and interests: Spending time with my family, vlogging, stand-up comedy.

Jenny Stanley

Jenny Stanley

HR Team Leader - Team Red

Jenny Stanley

HR Team Leader - Team Red

Sam Adams

Sam Adams

HR Advisor - Team Red

Sam Adams

HR Advisor - Team Red

Ron Smith

Ron Smith

HR Advisor - Team Red

Ron Smith

HR Advisor - Team Red

Sita Anand

Sita Anand

HR Advisor - Team Red

Sita Anand

HR Advisor - Team Red

Terry Gayle

Terry Gayle

HR Team Leader - Team Red

Terry Gayle

HR Team Leader - Team Red

Lisa Moon

HR Team Leader - Team Blue

Experience: Seven years’ experience in HR. I have a First Class degree in Business and Human Resource Management, and vast experience in fast-paced commercial environments in both public and private sectors.

Specialist skills: Employment relations and working to find commercial solutions to complex HR issues.

Hobbies and interests: Travelling and trying different cuisines. Movies and box sets.

Rosie Kennedy

HR Advisor - Team Blue

Experience: I had a previous role in recruitment before joining Deminos in 2014 and gaining the CIPD Certificate in HR Practice.

Specialist skills: Creating and developing bespoke contracts, handbooks and policies. I also work with clients to find solutions and give general HR support, and advise through working with managers.

Hobbies and interests: Spending time with family, keeping fit and healthy, cooking, and trying to see new places around the world as often as I can!

Olivia Walker

HR Advisor - Team Blue

Experience: I’ve over 15 years’ HR experience mostly gained in the travel and tourism industry. I worked for two years as an HR business partner at a major European airline, and spent eight years as HR manager and later HR director at a leading global hotel company. I’m also a chartered member of the CIPD.

Specialist skills: Resourcing and talent planning, managing change, performance management and employee engagement.

Hobbies and interests: Travelling (and eating) my way around the world, going to gigs and festivals, and generally trying to take an interest in whatever new fad my kids have decided to embrace.

Chris Heselwood

HR Assistant - Team Blue

Experience: I’ve recently been promoted to an HR assistant role after six years in an HR setting, mainly as an administrator.

Specialist skills: Redundancies, compiling contracts and employee handbooks. Away from HR I also specialise in IT, contact centre service, facilities, accounting and increasing team morale.

Hobbies and interests: I’m a keen mountain biker, cricketer, rugby player, golfer, drummer, and guitarist.

Lisa Moon

Lisa Moon

HR Team Leader - Team Blue

Lisa Moon

HR Team Leader - Team Blue

Rosie Kennedy

Rosie Kennedy

HR Advisor - Team Blue

Rosie Kennedy

HR Advisor - Team Blue

Olivia Walker

Olivia Walker

HR Advisor - Team Blue

Olivia Walker

HR Advisor - Team Blue

Chris Heselwood

Chris Heselwood

HR Assistant - Team Blue

Chris Heselwood

HR Assistant - Team Blue

What our clients say

There is always a friendly, personal answer to our queries
Tara Rye, Elite Garages
We have always found the content, delivery and follow up actions totally relevant to the needs of the business. Deminos provide a personal touch and their delivery team take the time out to get to understand our business and the way our business sector works. That way, they can tailor a training programme, which will deliver real tangible benefits. I would recommend them without hesitation.
Chris Dancer, Northumbrian Roads
Very good presentation, interactive and covered large range!
Rinku Ambegaonkar, SpreadCo Ltd