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Learning from the past, looking to the future

“Expert consulting, helping organisations define an effective HR strategy and develop action plans that convert that strategy into measurable performance.”


Joanne Stratford-Smith

Managing Director & Founder


"Joanne is a highly skilled Human Resource professional with over 20 years of expertise.  She has worked within private equity backed organisations, advising on mergers and acquisitions and preparing due diligence information.   Joanne has extensive experience of operating across multi-site businesses and negotiating with Trade Unions at a local, regional and national level.  She is adept at managing complex cases and experienced in all aspects of dispute resolution.


Joanne is also an experienced assessor, using the Hogan suite of assessments to inform executive recruitment and selection decisions and to nurture and develop key talent.  She holds an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management, is a Fellow of the CIPD and is currently studying for her MBA.

Joanne founded Janus HR Consult Ltd in 2020 and has, over the last twelve months, been assisting her clients in effectively managing their response to COVID-19.  This has included providing additional strategic and operational capacity to help manage the crisis and assessing long term business impact in order to support the recovery process.


At Janus HR Consult Ltd, Joanne works alongside a team of trusted partners all committed to the same set of guiding principles.  They are all expert HR consultants and as passionate as she is about providing their clients with workable, cost effective and value added solutions."



Change Management​

Organisational Design and Development

Redundancies and TUPE transfers 

Mergers and Acquisitions

HR strategy - Definition, Alignment
and Delivery

Employee Relations


Trade Union Negotiations

Individual/Collective Dispute Resolution 

Complex Case Management

Settlement/Termination Discussions

HR Advice and Support


Covid-19 – Response and Recovery

Contracts and Documentation

Policies, Procedures and Handbooks

Disciplinary and Grievance Investigations

Learning & Development

Training Needs Analysis and Solutioning
Talent Attraction and Retention

Maximising the Apprenticeship Levy
Leadership Development


My experience of working with Joanne has been nothing but positive. She is professional, proactive, and extremely knowledgeable in the field of HR. Joanne has continually shown that she can adapt to working across several different sectors and is quick to assimilate any new information required. I have been extremely pleased with the support and advice I have received to date. I would recommend Joanne to anyone looking for HR consultancy.

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Emma Sanderson, MD Education Services at Horizon Care & Education


CIPD Accredited HR Consultancy in Manchester, UK

Based in Sale, Manchester, Janus HR Consult is a professional HR consultancy specialising in providing outsourced HR for SMEs. As CIPD accredited HR consultants, we provide services ranging from change management to general HR advice and support to business in and around Manchester. Our HR consultancy is built on decades of experience and a friendly approach in tackling even the most complex issues.

Why Use a HR Consultancy?  

Hiring a HR consultant is a great solution for small to medium-sized businesses which do not have the resources or the need for a full time HR department. A professional HR consultant will work with you to address your company’s unique HR needs while offering an experienced perspective. Working across multiple industries, HR consultant firms have seen a range of issues and can spot areas of improvement quickly and efficiently. If you are interested in finding out more how our human resource consultancy in Manchester could help your business, get in touch with us today.

Outsourced HR for SMEs in Manchester

Skilled HR consultants can hit the ground running and ensure that your SME is following employment laws and regulations while improving profitability and productivity. Working with small and medium-sized businesses across Manchester, our outsourced HR services can help you save on costs and take the pressure off your busy schedule. If you are an SME based in or around Manchester and considering an outsourcing your HR, call us for a friendly chat.




We act with integrity


We comply with the regulations and uphold the
highest professional standards


We put our clients at the core of our business


We make every decision and measure every outcome
based on the value it delivers to our clients


We create and innovate


We craft innovative solutions to
complex business problems


We strive to achieve excellence


We are experts in our field and work tirelessly to
deliver on and exceed our clients' expectations



We'd love to hear from you

Mobile: 07828 102341

Manchester Office: 27 Kings Road, Sale, M33 6QB

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