Mandy Hamerla


I’m Mandy, the founder of Modern HR.

I’m a virtual HR director – with over two decades of HR experience. I’m also a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a ‘Business Woman of the Year’ finalist at the SME National Business Awards 2022.

My time is devoted to helping ambitious but compassionate CEOs & Ops Directors - across the UK - to build and lead high performing teams, as well as comply with the law and manage risk.

I do this through creating HR strategies designed to boost employee performance & engagement and help companies to attract, motivate and retain their best people. I have a lot of experience with HR transformation & culture change programmes, and I can support company restructures. As a certified Strengths Coaching, I also offer coaching and training to equip leaders and managers with the confidence, skills and knowledge to manage people brilliantly.

Almost all my work comes from word-of-mouth referrals. I put that down to consistently delivering successful outcomes, which my clients will happily vouch for. They’ll say I’m friendly, trustworthy, credible, and action oriented.


I work with a number of ambitious charities, as their dedicated Virtual HR Director, from just a few days per month. But I also offer support with one-off HR Projects.

Some of my current & recent clients include:

YMCA England & Wales
The Roundhouse Trust
The Centre for Youth Impact
The Diana Award
MQ: Transforming Mental Health

You can view my testimonials here -


In recognition of the rapidly changing world of work, I continuously invest in my own personal development, so I’m equipped to provide relevant HR advice to today’s leaders. I’m a personal development advocate fascinated by neuroscience and positive psychology which I bring to my work.

My formal qualifications include:

Certified Gallup Strengths Coach
Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD)
CIPD accredited in Organisational Design
MSc in Human Resource Management from London Southbank University
BA Hons Degree in Business Studies from Nottingham Trent University


Prior to setting up Modern HR in 2017, I worked as the Global HR Director for Pearson Education and Head of HR for Argos.

I’ve also held a number of volunteer roles, including Safeguarding Trustee for a Multi-Academy Trust and HR Lead for UN Women UK.