PMHR About us

About us

About us

We are People Matters, because your people matter!

People Matters HR are a growing team based in Bury, Greater Manchester.

We specialise in giving organisations business support with HR and H&S designed for all shapes and sizes of businesses.

Our USP is that we have a real personal touch, our team work with you to be an extension of your business, visiting you regularly not a faceless name in a call centre.

We are People Matters, because your people matter!

People Matters HR are a growing team based in Bury, Greater Manchester.

We specialise in giving organisations business support with HR and H&S designed for all shapes and sizes of businesses.

Our USP is that we have a real personal touch, our team work with you to be an extension of your business, visiting you regularly not a faceless name in a call centre.

Meet our team

Niel Cope
CEO

Niel Cope has developed people and organisations for over 30 years. Niel has strategic experience in private, public and charitable sectors.

Niel has an MA in Strategic HR Management, a Post Graduate qualification in Law and HR Development, and is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Management Institute.

Yvonne Cope
Director

Yvonne runs the “engine room” at People Matters, keeping everyone in order and ensuring the business runs smoothly. She is responsible for all financial matters.

Samantha Croston
HR Client Manager

Samantha has worked for People Matters HR since 2017 and has personal responsibility for several of our key clients and uses her experience to manage complex casework. Sam is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and has a degree in HR Business and Management.

Sam has quickly become our in-house expert on BreatheHR.

Emma Lewis
HR Client Manager

Emma has a long career history of working in ‘people centric’ and HR focused roles spanning industries such as IT, Hospitality and Youth Development. She has extensive management experience  and specialises in training, development and pastoral care. Like Sam she is responsible for more complex case work and has responsibility for several larger clients. Having been a former client of People Matters HR before joining the team, she offers a unique perspective and understanding of our clients’ needs. Emma did her CIPD qualification at Blackburn University.

Steph Kirkman
HR Advisor

Steph has joined People Matters HR in June 2021. Before that, she gained experience worked in HR for several years, passing her CIPD qualification whilst working for a busy construction company in Bolton as their in house HR Advisor.   Steph was also a People Matters client, like Emma, and really understands the benefits of working along side us. Steph is the first point of contact for enquiries and bringing on board new clients. However, each team member performs a triage role one day a week, giving advice and support by phone and by video calls.

Gemma Hatton
HR Administrator

Gemma joined the team in January 2022 and quickly made a impact on the team and on our clients. She has a proven pedigree as an Administrator and Office Manager in Legal Services, Coaching and serviced office management. Gemma has taken responsibility for managing recruitment administration and supporting the team, managing client’s BreatheHR accounts and creation of contracts, handbooks and HR policies.

Sheska
Director of Barketing

Sheska is key member of the PMHR team, she looks after us all and is particularly partial to sharing our lunch. If you come to see us, Niel’s gentle giant will insist on meeting you, but be warned if you are wear black clothes you will need a brush.

We also have specialist
associates in:

  • Health and Safety
  • Occupational Health
  • Apprenticeships
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Recruitment and Selection

We support businesses to manage and develop their people.

Our Mission

We provide our clients with high quality, personal, ethical and professional people management support.

Our Vision

People Matters will become the premier People Management Company in the North.

Our Values

Our people and clients are extended members of our family and we treat them with respect, dignity and just as importantly we have fun!

We look after our own people so they will look after our clients as their priority and we celebrate their growth and development, just as we celebrate our own.

We will always be legal, fair, moral and ethical in our dealings with people and treat everyone as they deserve to be treated.

Our Awards

Our Partnerships

Want to know more?

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss or want further details on any of our HR packages.