Our Team

Our Team

The team at Allen People Solutions are highly experienced HR specialists with vast experience of working with clients across a number of sectors.

Together at APS we bring over 100 years of experience to your team

Diane Allen - Principal Consultant

Diane Allen is the owner of Allen People Solutions and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD (MCIPD). She has a Masters in Occupational Psychology and a first-class honours degree in Psychology from the Queen's University of Belfast. Diane is a senior HR professional with significant experience across the private, public and charitable sectors.

Diane has operated as a strategic business partner up to Director Level before entering consultancy.  She commenced her career in Nortel Networks, where she led both the growth and downsizing phases of the organisational change, before moving to the National Trust as their NI HR Manager to locally lead the centralisation of the function across the UK.  After this Diane developed and led a significant £2 million programme of change within one of the Executive Agencies (Forensic Science Northern Ireland) of the Northern Ireland Office as the Director of HR and Corporate Services. She has extensive experience of recruitment and selection within the private, public and voluntary and community sectors. 

Her expertise extends across Organisational Change, Recruitment and Selection, Performance Management, Employee Relations / Generalist HR, Leadership and Coaching. Diane is an approved EFQM assessor, trained in delivering in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Training) and is licensed to use the TEIQue. 


Pen Picture for Carrie Murphy – Senior HR Consultant and in-house solicitor

Carrie is a dual-qualified HR Consultant and solicitor (currently non-practising) specialising in employment law. Carrie has completed the Legal Practice Course, and holds a Masters in Industrial Relations and HR Management, a Masters in Legal Practice and Associate CIPD membership.

Carrie previously has a number of years’ experience as an employment law solicitor in private practice, handling a caseload of non-contentious and contentious issues, including representation at Employment Tribunals and Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals in both England and Northern Ireland. In addition, Carrie is an experienced Senior HR Consultant providing specialist advice across various industries to both private and public sector organisations in GB and NI.

Carrie’s experience has spanned the full circle of the employment journey. Her specialisms and keen interests include industrial and employee relations, employment law (GB and NI), equal opportunities, staff planning and strategy and policy review and development.


Brenda Bennett – Senior Consultant

Brenda is a Chartered Membership of the CIPD (since 2010) and holds a BA Hons (2:1) in Business Studies + CIS from Ulster University and Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel and Development from Queens University, Belfast. 

Brenda is an experienced HR professional with 14 years HR experience within the private and voluntary sectors as well as considerable HR Consultancy experience; Brenda’s experience spans the jurisdictions of UK, NI, ROI.  In addition to expertise in HR, Brenda has 3 years’ experience managing commercial contracts on a global basis and is a skilled Project Manager, with accreditations in Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) and Prince2 (Practitioner); as well as having achieved other professional and qualifications/accreditations - CIMA Cert in Management Accountancy, EFQM/ISO Assessor awards.

Brenda is experienced in all aspects of the employment lifecycle, specialisms include: Industrial & Employee Relations, Organisational Design & Development, Workforce Planning & Resourcing, Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Compensation & Benefits, Performance Management, Policy Development, Employment Law – UK, Change Management – at both strategic and operational levels.


Alison McVitty – Senior Consultant

Alison is an accomplished Human Resources professional with significant experience encompassing all areas of HR. She is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Alison has a solid track record that includes recruitment and selection, performance management, training and development, employee engagement and communications, and a career that spans both public and private sectors. Her HR management career began with one of Ireland's leading financial services institutions (The Ulster Bank) where she progressed into HR consultancy when the organisation grew to a global scale.

Alison has worked extensively across government departments in NI as an Independent Assessor for the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in membership assessment.

Mary Bryce – Senior Consultant

Mary Bryce is a senior Human Resources professional with over 23 years working at local, regional and national levels. She started her HR career after graduating from Queen's University with a Master’s in Business Administration, (MBA) and BA Hons in Economic and Social History.

Prior to entering HR consultancy, Mary worked at the Thales UK head office in Surrey, from 2010 until 2013, as the Director of Employee Development and Employee Relations. During this time she was a senior business partner to the Thales UK Management Board and designed and led the Employee Relations strategy which resulted in establishing a Partnership Agreement with the UNITE Trade Union and the consultation strategy and implementation plan for the alignment of all terms and conditions of employment, (except base salary). In 2013 Thales UK was awarded Personnel Today award for Excellence in Employee Relations.

She also led the Leadership and Culture Transformation project which resulted in a 22% increase in internal mobility to 40%, the introduction of a new leadership model in conjunction with Thales Paris and Hays International and an increase in employee engagement levels in line with best practice companies.

Mary’s areas of expertise include coaching, training and development, performance management, recruitment and selection, employee engagement and generalist HR.


Anna McKee - HR Consultant

Anna is member of the CIPD and has an Advanced Level Diploma (Level 7) in Human Resources Management.

Prior to relocating to Northern Ireland, Anna worked for an independent HR consultancy delivering training, creating HR blogs and associated HR consultancy assignments. Prior to this, Anna worked for Virgin Media as an Employee Relations and People Policy Specialist and previously as a Senior HR and Operations Associate for a Global Investment Advisory firm. 



Ciara McKegney – HR and Employment Law Consultant

Ciara has an MSc and a Bsc (Hons2:1) in Human Resource Management and is an Associate Member of the CIPD. She has experience across the voluntary and community and private sectors.

Ciara is a HR professional with experience across the private, public and charitable sectors. She commenced her career in CEM Systems (American Dynamics), where she implemented a time and attendance system for 200 staff. She moved to Capita and built her experience providing recruitment services to all levels in the public sector. She moved to Inspire Wellbeing where she was a HR Officer for a number of departments within the organisation. She was involved in the integration of new employees and companies joining the group through mergers and TUPE transfers. She was part of the team who won CIPD HR Team of the year 2015, CIPD Best Change Management Initiative 2017 and involved in gaining IIP Investors in People Gold Standard and Wellbeing Good Practice awards 2017. She is experienced in high volume Recruitment and Selection, Performance Management and Employee Relations/Generalist HR.


Tracie Ground – Business and Office Support Administrator

Tracie is a highly competent and experienced administrator and has experience of providing a range of business support services internally and to meet client needs. 


Fiona Wilson – Business Support Administrator

Fiona is a highly competent and experienced business support assistant and has experience of providing a range of business support services including minute taking, survey set up and co-ordination, compilation of data and research, recruitment administration and proofreading

Strategic Partners


Julie Allen Consulting www.julieallenconsulting.com

Centre for Competitiveness - www.cforc.org

Testing Talent - www.testingtalent.net