About HRi

We’re a membership organisation, putting the best independent, qualified and innovative HR and People professionals in the UK in contact with the organisations that need their expertise. We also support and inspire stand-alone HR and People professionals to deliver their services and develop their careers.

Absolutely anyone can set themselves up as an HR consultant. They don’t need the right qualifications or any kind of certification. This means there are well-meaning practitioners out there, often giving incorrect advice, which is damaging to both businesses and the wider profession.

Our mission is to change this by setting and driving standards for the independent HR and People professionals sector. We support the HRi community by enabling shared learning and collaboration while upholding standards for HR in the independent sector.  More About Our Mission

Our members are accredited against our HRi accreditation standards:

  • The lead practitioner is competent, qualified and professional in their chosen field
  • The practice is well run with good financial and risk practices
  • Information and data security is well managed and fully GDPR compliant
  • The practice has established systems to manage case load, projects and client files

Learn more about our HRi accreditation standards.

Each and every accredited member has that added bit of a sparkle and utterly deserves their best in class status.

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The HRi senior management team

Here at HRi, we are passionate about promoting and supporting independent HR and People professionals. Being independent HR practitioners ourselves, not only do we know the value HR brings to organisations, but we also have the relationships and connections with most talented practitioners in the independent market.

Co-Founder and Director

Ruth Cornish

After a successful HR career, working in senior roles at Mazars, ABN Amro, Charterhouse and the Environment Agency, Ruth spotted a need for an independent HR consultancy, offering flexible human resources support to fast-growing and highly-successful entrepreneurial businesses which have included notonthehighstreet.com and Monica Vinader. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Ruth also holds qualifications in coaching, HR auditing and in applying advanced psychometric tools. Ruth regularly contributes to national media, CIPD, & BBC Radio Gloucestershire on a variety of HR subjects.

Co-Founder and Director

Katy McMinn

Over the last 20 years, Katy has developed strong, hands-on HR expertise working for blue chip companies, including General Electric, Shell and Ernst & Young, as well as providing independent HR consultancy. She has an MSc in Human Resources Consultancy, is fully CIPD qualified and is accredited in the use of a range of personality tools to enhance individual and team performance. Katy runs her own HR consultancy practice and specialises in employee engagement, culture and values, recruitment and employee relations.


Mary Asante

Mary has worked across the full HR Spectrum and has supported businesses in different sectors, predominantly start-ups, SMEs and in the IT sector. In addition to HR, Mary has a broad range of skills, knowledge and qualifications in Information & Cyber security, and Health and Safety. She is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and CISM and a Lead ISO27001 Auditor. Mary runs her own consultancy and specialises in coaching and leadership development.



HRi mission statement

HRi is the UK body for independent HR and People Professionals. We are a membership organisation setting and driving standards and providing support, development and a voice for external HR consultancy businesses.

Our mission is to promote independent HR and People Professionals within the UK and lobby for change to enable the remit, profile and growth of external HR services.

The UK body for independent HR and People Professionals

Mission statement


HRi members code of conduct

All HRi members must adhere to HRi’s Professional Code of Conduct to guide the professional and personal conduct of HRi members and/or its accreditation holders.

Code of conduct


Become an HRi expert

Are you an Expert in your field? Do you offer programmes or services which our community will benefit from? Why don’t you join our carefully selected bank of Experts and work closely with us to deliver value to our members.

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