Sophie DarmasHR Consultant


Sophie has extensive experience across a broad range of commercial, multi-site organisations with a particular focus in hospitality and charity sectors. From a foundation of Operational HR, Employee Relations, Resourcing and Performance Management she has operated as an interim and HR Specialist.

Her focus is upon ensuring that organisations operate effectively within legal frameworks and have processes in place to make that operation efficient and hassle free. Organised, structured and with an eye for planning she has led and supported numerous change, redundancy and reorganisation programmes. Sophie is detail focused with an interest in change that can lead to reduced cost and increased efficiency whether that is in the Human Resources function or the wider business.

At home with an excel spreadsheet, she can gather data and generate typical HR statistics such as labour turnover and retention rates, exit surveys. She can handle Employee Relations issues, rewrite policies and procedures, hold succession planning meetings, introduce pension auto enrolment, review payroll and HR Systems.


Projects worked on:

Interim Head of HR cover providing leadership and direction for the HR function by driving the delivery of the people strategy, budgets, recruitment, retention, reward, L&D and employee relations

Implementation of a new Tronc Scheme involving changes to contractual pay Demerger of 2 companies involving due diligence, TUPE transfer and restructure of departments and redundancies

Implementation of the Pension Auto-Enrolment legislation including selection of pension providers and processing systems, adjustments to payroll processes and communications strategy Introduction of an integrated HR/Payroll systems involving transfer a large volume of payroll payments and personal data

Provision of on ER support and advise on a wide range of issues including Employment Tribunal claims and management of Occupational Health services

Set up of a recruitment infrastructure including a career website integrated with an ATS system Leading People Roadshows, nationwide employee engagement initiative promoting the company’s new vision and values


  • Employee relations advise, support and training
  • Performance management
  • TUPE processes
  • Redundancies and site closures
  • Compromise agreements & exit strategies
  • HR compliance and best practice health checks
  • Occupational Health services selection and management
  • Right to Work audits and training
  • HR policies, procedures and standard documents
  • HR/Payroll integrated systems selection and set up
  • Pensions Auto-enrolment
  • Selection of pensions and medical insurance providers
  • Management of payroll services
  • Company inductions and induction training design
  • Succession planning
  • HR data management and reporting

Companies worked for:  Her clients include: Tortilla, Strada Ltd, Casual Dining Group, Paramount Plc and Ujima Housing Association  to name a few.