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Being Human at

“Bringing a human approach helped integrate the team & align our business and people goals“

Neil Murray / Cargo-partner

“We have more than just a HR consultancy by our side”

Dan Place / MD Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

“An integral part of our business”

Tracey Bamber, CEO at Silent Night Group

Welcome to the human workplace revolution. Partner with us to unlock your people’s potential and inspire business performance.


Who we are

We are an independent HR Consultancy, delivering HR services, and specialising in Leadership and Team Development tailored specifically for large brands and those in growth.

Established in the North-West by co-founders Paul Porter & Carolyn Hobdey, ‘Being Human at’ is dedicated to encouraging the human side of leaders to enhance their teams' experiences, performance, and well-being.

Your team are not only your employees; they are humans who have individual needs and things that make them tick in order for them to perform better, and we believe that individuals produce their best work when the right environment is created for their mental, physical and emotional health.

We partner with founders and business leaders to create human workplaces that develop people through immersive learning experiences and bespoke HR solutions. These enable employees to propel growth and cultivate a prosperous work environment for everyone to flourish.

We are passionate about working collaboratively to unleash your business's potential, through nurturing your individual humans, and developing teams that will drive success. We’ve all got a story to be told. We’ve all got something to bring.

People. Performance. Partners.

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Self for Success: An environment free from fear where everyone can participate at their best.

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Improvement with Impact: A relentless pursuit of betterment, achieved reasonably.

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Measurement without Micromanagement: A set of lived values and behaviours that everyone is accountable for upholding.

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Performance through People: Everyone understands their role and is encouraged to leverage their skills.

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Leading by Listening: From Self to CEO, everyone is a role model.

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Environments that Engage: A community invested in collective success through valuing individual difference.


What we do

HR Consulting

Streamline HR with
expert guidance.

We sort the people basics that keep you awake at night, delivered in a human way.

Leadership Development

Shape leaders,
drive innovation.

We transform leaders by providing immediately implementable people solutions, tailored to your business.

Team Engagement

Elevate teams for
peak performance.

We create a connected community of humans for sustainable business results.


How we do it

We partner with founders and SME business leaders to create teams that perform by delivering customised people and development approaches, and bespoke HR solutions. We will strip you and your team back to what makes us all human, which will enable us to refresh and build mindsets, capabilities, engagement and communities that ‘win’ in the right way. We deliver immersive experiences with our hand-picked partners…


How we’ve helped

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Being Human at has been supporting the Percipient team and myself over a number of years as the business has grown. I have always found them to give commercially focused advice which is tailored absolutely to the needs of the business. They get to know your business and your aspirations, ensuring that you have the people management strategies in place to make it all happen.

Chris Stock

MD at Percipient

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Paul supported our UK strategic business acquisition and quickly became part of the team as a trusted HR partner. Bringing a human approach to the process really helped integrate the teams together and align our business and people goals.

Neil Murray


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Being Human at have been part of our team for a number of years and are always available to share straight forward practical advice. I have seen the team grow from a small consultancy to a well-respected HR & Leadership development partner whilst keeping the personal touch which drew me to work with them initially.
As we continue to grow as an organisation, working with Being Human at ensures that we have more than just a HR consultancy by our side.

Dan Place

MD Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

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A fantastic resource, offering a new perspective that would leave me feeling positive and in control.

Senior HR Business Partner

Professional Services Industry

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We've been working with the team for a number of years and it's been a great experience. They have not only helped with all the HR nitty gritty but also supported me in instilling Cunning Plans values into the team, helping with reviews, recruitment and even ideas around new business. I would have no hesitation recommending working with them.

James Adam

MD Cunning Plan Marketing

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Carolyn brings a genuine desire to share her own personal experiences and I can’t personally recommend her enough.


Executive Search Consultancy

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