Working with us, you will benefit from over 50 years’ combined experience

Our Consultants are CIPD qualified, and our expertise covers all areas of HR, including Employment Law and Reward Management.

Every business is different, and we will tailor a solution to suit you, building a lasting relationship, based on mutual trust.

Our clients often refer to us as their ‘Virtual HR Department’ and enjoy the benefits and flexibility of having qualified HR professionals on their team, without the headcount cost.

Contact us if you are looking for a friendly, pragmatic HR partner, who will deliver ‘honest, straight- talking advice’


Meet the Team

At Gravitas HR we have a wealth of experience in human resources,
employment law and reward management. Get to know us a little bit better.


Highly motivated and passionate about HR, Dawn builds strong, lasting relationships with clients. In her spare time she is actively involved as a school governor at a local SEN primary school.

Dawn Exley

Mark gets a real buzz from helping businesses and individuals to fulfil their potential. In his spare time he can often be found at an Athletics track coaching young athletes or officiating at events.

Mark Exley

Liz is our rock and is responsible for the smooth running of the office. In her spare time she can be found on long walks with her lovable Staffordshire Bull Terrier ‘Buddy’.

Liz Vara

What our Clients have to say…

  • Dawn and her team assisted Branch Communications with all HR solutions including updating and editing the employment manual, assisting with recruitment of key personnel and writing freelance contracts for contract staff.  All work was carried out to a high standard very professionally with lots of integrity. I would highly recommend Gravitas HR Solutions.

    Branch Communications Roz Chandler, Managing Director, Branch Communications Limited
  • Dawn’s HR knowledge is second to none and we trust her implicitly to advise the best course of action for our company on any HR issue.  Dawn is always more than happy to go the extra mile if we have any issues or queries. Having Gravitas as an outsourced HR support service allows us to get on with our day job safe in the knowledge we are in good hands.

    Beach Marketing Steve Bishop, Director, Beach Marketing
  • Employees are your asset that ensures the business engine operates correctly.  For me, Gravitas HR are the essential team that ensure this asset is handled correctly while also protecting the business interests.  They are approachable, knowledgeable and an essential tool for any business and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a helping hand with HR.

    PBC Gary Pettit, Managing Director, PBC Business Recovery & Insolvency Limited
  • Gravitas HR is a superb extension to our team at Zinc. Our business has rapidly grown over the last few years and Mark and Dawn have been very hands-on in supporting us across our departments for day-to-day HR activities, updating employment contracts, policies and implementing performance development reviews for all our staff. I would highly recommend their services.

    Zinc Joe Zielinski, CEO, Zinc Digital
  • I found Gravitas HR to be extremely capable and understanding of our HR requirements when they were appointed to refresh some of our existing documentation and implement some new procedures. They come highly recommended.

    JR Geoff Fone, Managing Director, JR Press
  • I have been really impressed with the sensible and clear advice that Dawn gives. When you are running your own business it is sometimes a lonely job, it is very useful to receive independent HR advice on important issues.

    Billing Finance Oliver Mackaness, Director, Billing Finance Limited
  • Gravitas HR is a client-focused business, with a can do attitude and excellent response times. I look forward to many more years of working together.

    Shoosmiths Gwynneth Tan, Partner, Shoosmiths
  • Thanks Gravitas, you’ve provided me with so much support and valuable information! It’s great to know you’re at the end of a phone when I get stuck.

    Ashgrove Claire Short, Director, Ashgrove Clinic
  • We recently had a staffing issue which was difficult to resolve internally partly due to being a family run business we needed an independent overview.  Gravitas HR came to our aid.  They quickly resolved our problem keeping an open mind and offering various options. Knowing we were receiving sound professional advice took the worry and stress away.  I would have no hesitation in contacting the team at Gravitas HR in the future.

    Brauston Janet Braunston, Managing Director, Braunston Limited
  • As a result of Mark’s expertise the business gained much greater clarity and was able to focus on a clear & concise car policy.  The business had the opportunity to offer a more structured and tightly controlled Company car fleet, with an emphasis on efficient and cost effective vehicles.  It also allowed colleagues to feel more settled, especially when it came to P11d compliance, as we moved away from long term hire cars.

    hdn Pete Johnson, Company Car Manager, Home Delivery Network Limited
  • For so long, we have tried to manage our HR needs whilst juggling our many hats. I have always been very nervous taking this on. Working with the Gravitas HR team has been a welcome source of help and support. Leaving us reassured in the guidance and advice we provide for our existing staff and new starters. Working with the team has allowed us to take on new ventures, which we would not be able to pursue without the relationship we have with Gravitas HR and, therefore, unable to expand our services.

    LEADER IN COMMUNICATION Momtaz Ajid, Head of Leaders in Community, Leaders in Community
  • Dawn has provided my business with a totally professional and bespoke service. I trust her implicitly and would not hesitate to recommend her to my clients.

    Pyke Smith Cutler Philippa Cutler, Director, Pyke Smith & Cutler
  • Gravitas HR were recommended to us recently after we found ourselves with a difficult HR issue to deal with.  It was important that we sought professional advice to avoid potential legal and financial consequences. Dawn’s approach was friendly and supportive.  She guided us through the process from start to finish, investigating the issue, explaining the procedure and helping us to resolve the situation. The support we received was invaluable and I would highly recommend Dawn and the team at Gravitas HR.

    Millers Consultancy John Kiely, Director, Millers Consultancy
  • Mark is a seasoned professional who is trustworthy, dedicated, and reliable.  He is a good all round HR generalist with a particular bias towards reward and benefit programmes, including the design development and implementation.  Mark works well with executive and senior management as well as line colleagues.  He is well respected by his HR peers and is well networked/connected.

    Epsos Campbell Fitch, Global HR Director, Ipsos
  • We have been working with Gravitas HR since early 2014 and I am very happy to recommend them to my own clients. The personal touch and caring attitude goes a long way in putting people at ease and helping them through difficult situations. I know I can rely on the team at Gravitas HR to be there for us whenever they are needed.

    Essendon Roger Eddowes, Director, Essendon Accounts & Tax Ltd
  • When we made the decision to look for an external partner to support our human resources (HR) function, our criteria was not only to find a company that had strong experience in HR activities and theory, but also able to provide us with user friendly software package that would meet our business requirements. We wanted a simple complete solution for the management of day to day HR activities such as holidays, absence reporting, etc. that supported decision making with solid, useable personnel data and reporting.  We have been more than satisfied with the support and input of the team at Gravitas HR, as well as the HR system they have provided us with, Gravitas HR Toolkit. We look forward to a continuing mutually beneficial relationship with Gravitas HR.

    MASTER ABRASIVE Paul J Batson, Managing Director, Master Abrasives Limited
  • Our business has evolved from a couple of employees to almost 20 in a short space of time and like many small businesses we don’t have the budget for a dedicated HR team.

    Prior to working with Gravitas HR I met with a number of HR companies offering similar services however what made Gravitas HR stand out was their unique blend of skills.   Their packages of support are clear, simple and fit in line with our business.  They provide an extensive range of well researched HR services under one roof, some of which I hadn’t even considered.

    They advise us on day to day issues as well as providing proactive strategic support and were able to help me manage a complex sensitive issue as soon as we’d had our first meeting.  Dawn has carried out an in depth analysis of all our procedures and policies, updating them and bringing them in line with current employment legislation, this task alone has helped us reduce some of our overheads, focus more on areas that can help with employee attendance and also help me understand our legal responsibility in plain English.   Mark has worked with me to devise a reward strategy for the business and has designed a bonus structure for our teams.

    I recently had a meeting with my senior management team to hear their feedback on Gravitas HR and the unanimous comment was ‘I wish we had enlisted their services earlier’ and I agree.  We very much see Gravitas HR as an extension of our business.

    NCM Zafir Bhatti, Managing Director, Nabida Care Management
  • Like many CEOs of businesses with no in house support I found the whole HR arena a minefield that I, quite frankly, rarely ventured into. Working with the Gravitas HR team has therefore been fantastic as they have removed almost all of that burden from me and have given me really clear briefs when there have been things that I couldn’t delegate to them. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

    Growth Deck Ian Zant-Boer, CEO, Growthdeck Limited
  • Before we started working with Gravitas HR we were paying for a telephone based HR advice line offering minimal support.  Dawn has spent time getting to know how our business works and providing ‘hands on’ support tailored to our needs.  Dawn and her team continue to support us with all our people related issues and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other business owners.

    LOGISTICS SOLUTION Colin Cayton, Director, Logistic Solutions Ltd
  • Gravitas HR were recommended to us by our Financial Director and we have been working with them since September 2014.  Dawn initially supported us with updating our contracts, policies and procedures but now provides ongoing advice and support with any staffing or HR issues.

    Dawn’s knowledge of the industry is vast and we have been impressed with how quickly she grasped an understanding of our company’s values and culture. This has made the process uncomplicated and manageable.   Many other HR companies require you sign up to a long term contract which we were reluctant to do.  We like the flexibility of a retainer that Gravitas HR offer.

    LMH Pat McHugh, Director, LMH (Civil Engineering) Limited
  • Mark has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the HR and reward management fields. He can bring practical hands on expertise at a reasonable cost to businesses of any size.

    Harris Phil Harris, Harris & Co Accountants
  • We have been working with Dawn of Gravitas HR Solutions for a number of years now.  Dawn has provided, and continues to provide us with pragmatic advice and support in all areas of HR and employment law. Dawn is extremely trustworthy and knowledgeable and has the ability to demystify the complex and ever changing world of HR.  I would recommend Gravitas HR to anyone looking for honest, practical HR support and advice.

    Baker Taylor Annette Burgess, Managing Director, Baker & Taylor (UK) Ltd
  • Gravitas HR have been a fantastic support to SWAN CIC for 2 years now. SWAN CIC is a not for profit organisation who would never be able to afford to employ an HR Manager. Gravitas HR have filled that void for us. They have a deep understanding of our business and are very sympathetic to all our needs. Whatever I throw at Gravitas HR they support us tremendously and give us honest and understandable advice in layman’s terms to enable us to continue a healthy happy business for us and our staff. Thank you Gravitas HR for all your support and help, I’m not sure where we would be without you

    Proactive Samantha Fitzgerald, Director, Proactive Education and Training Ltd
  • We have been working with Gravitas HR for all HR related matters since December 2012.  Friendly, helpful and incisive, Dawn has been an invaluable support, helping us to build and grow the business – she is also a pleasure to work with.

    Edward Green Euan Denholm, Head of Brand and Business Development, Edward Green & Co Ltd
  • Gravitas HR manage to combine the personability of a small local company with the professionalism of a big one. They make complicated problems seem easy.

    Courteenhall Johnny Wake, Managing Partner, Courteenhall Farms

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    • PBC
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    • Millers Consultancy
    • Pyke Smith Cutler
    • LMH
    • Baker Taylor