About Us

Our team are experienced HR professionals who have wide ranging experience spanning private, public and not-for-profit sector organisations across the UK and Ireland.


Experts in HR and all things people related


Core Capabilities

Human Resources

Organisational Development

Leadership Development

Recruitment & Selection

Selection and Assessment Design

Process Support/Candidate Management

Interview Selection

Fair Employment Returns

Core Competencies

Strategic Thinking

Legally Compliant Documentation & Report Writing

Process Improvement

Process Improvement

Relationship Building

Commercial Focus & Customer Service

Results Orientation

Training Design, Delivery & Facilitation

Change Management

Data Analytics

Project Management

Judgement and challenge function

Our Values

Client Focus

We work in partnership with you to deliver results through excellent service, as well as operating in a responsive and flexible manner.

Delivering Excellence

We promote the principles of good practice and continuous improvement approaches in developing our solutions.

Enabling Capability

We seek to enable skills transfer to help build the internal capability and capacity of your business.

Acting with Integrity

We consistently act ethically, with honesty, trust and integrity in all that we do – always maintaining your confidentiality.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Anna McKee

HR Consultant

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

Mary Bryce

Senior Associate HR Consultant

Mary Bryce is a senior Human Resources professional with over 23 years working at local, regional and national levels. She is a graduate 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 as the Director of Employee Development and Employee Relations. Her areas of expertise include coaching, training and development, performance management, recruitment and selection, employee engagement and generalist HR.

Muriel McCullins

Senior Associate HR Consultant

Muriel is an MCIPD qualified HR professional with 20 years’ experience working in HR roles with successful commercial businesses, mainly within the FMCG sector, as well as more recently, significant HR Consultancy experience across the UK/NI and ROI.

Muriel has worked across all aspects of the employment lifecycle including;
Employee Relations, recruitment, performance management, change management, policy development, and has a strong HR generalist background.

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. She has experience in survey set up, survey co-ordination and compilation of data and research.

Daniel Nelson-Donaghy

People Analytics Executive

Daniel has a first-class degree in History and Politics and Masters in Social Science Research. His expertise is in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and at Allen People Solutions he has been focusing on document automation, administration and research.

Emily Kane

Marketing & Business Development Executive

Emily is a graduate from Manchester School of Art in 2019 with a degree in Textile Design. Prior to this post Emily has gained experience working in the community arts sector with various charities. 

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