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I am an HR Consultant who has set up Signature HR Personalised HR Solutions Ltd with over 15 years’ experience in all sizes and types of organisation.. I possess HR & Operational, managerial and business partnering experience having held various roles in retail, construction, engineering and facilities services and financial services companies.

I work with a strong team of Associate Consultants under Signature HR who specialise in the areas of Recruitment, Learning and Development, Business Partnering, Leadership Development and Coaching. Holding extensive HR & Leadership experience between the team we bring a wealth of knowledge & passion for delivering a reliable and professional service each and every time. With a track record for delivering great results, we deliver a service to you in a warm, friendly and personable manner, ensuring you have peace of mind and someone you can trust and rely on. We bring with us a culture that will enhance the identity of your brand through your people.

We support clients across all sectors including private, non-profit and charity. With a range of innovative services designed for today’s businesses, we can act as a fully outsourced Human Resources department for SME’s, as well as delivering complex HR projects and growth strategy. We began to build a client base, providing a service based on an understanding that small to mid-sized organisations without internal HR, as well as HR teams within larger companies needed flexible, hands-on, commercial HR solutions.

Change is constant in both life and business and we have worked alongside Board Directors and Managers and specialised in areas of merger and acquisition, business restructures and reorganisations, spearheading positive new business initiatives alongside transformation and change programmes including integration of various businesses and teams. We enjoy working with people at all levels and as we believe that communication is fundamental to success, we work hard to develop this within organisations to ensure clarity and understanding with all parties involved in any process. Our extensive HR experience allows us to deal effectively with a wide range of HR processes, from recruitment to redundancies, policies and procedures to employment law advice.

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Having gained a wealth of experience creating and managing Human Resources functions in various Companies as well as formulating, planning & implementing business and HR strategy our expertise is rooted around leading a team of HR professionals to create a modern, up to date, transparent working environment and provide a purpose fitting HR service to all employees.

We specialise in coaching and mentoring managers, working together to improve their ability to perform their roles and manage their departments more efficiently.

We regularly get involved in activity within young professional groups as a STEM Ambassadors as well as networking events. We enjoy attending and judging awards ceremonies and round table events. I have just completed an Organisational Development Practitioners Programme in Roffey Park Institute. Roffey Park Institute delivers high impact learning in leadership development, management development, change and resilience, organisational learning, organisational development and HR.

Coming from the west of Ireland I am avid horse racing fan; I enjoy keeping fit, socialising with friends and family as well as holidays in the sun.

Maria Lawless

How we can help you?

In the first instance, Signature HR will conduct an HR audit into areas that you feel require development by spending time with management to look at current practices and consider the desired culture and behaviours you wish to embody before designing and delivering a personalised plan:

Sections of the audit will include:

  • Recruitment and Onboarding
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Job Descriptions
  • Performance evaluation process
  • Succession planning
  • Termination process and exit interviews
  • Letters and notifications
  • Personnel file review
  • Systems
Inspiring people and organisations to be their best and deliver the extraordinary

Join our team

We are always looking for great people to be part of our team. We are known for being pragmatic, clear, direct, knowledgeable but most of all human. We know how important it is to our clients to have the confidence that the consultant carrying out their work has significant expertise in the required areas and is a credible partner who can offer real insights into strategy and planning – as well as execution. If you are interested in joining us, please send us your cv with a covering letter to


  • “Working with Maria you quickly learn that her strength is in her ability to give pragmatic common-sense advice in resolving problems using a variety of different management and communication styles. She is confident and commercially minded. Maria is a lively and enthusiastic individual who is great fun to work with while achieving tangible results. She is also unafraid to challenge the status quo and can deliver insightful and well-rounded arguments using excellent interpersonal skills. Maria is an expert at creating long term business partnerships and will always seek to create a Win / Win solution. I highly recommend Maria as an ambassador for any business it’s HR function.”

    Elliot Clements
    Director Olympus Recruitment
  • “People often ask what is the key to success? My reply never changes “look after the people and the rest will take care of itself”. Fortunately I have been privileged to work with Maria over the past few years and she is someone who epitomises what great HR support looks like. Diligent, reliable, motivational, passionate, strong work ethic, the list could go on and on. An asset to any company and the success of my team would not have been possible without her support and input. In what is a very challenging retail environment, Maria has made it look like a walk in the park.”

    Shane Harris
    Area Manager Lidl GB
  • “Having worked with Maria for two major companies I found her to be Ultra professional, hardworking with a talent for adapting to different people and situations. I would work alongside Maria with no hesitation again in my career and would recommend her to any company looking for a consummate HR professional.”

    Richard Fearn
    Operations Manager
  • “In my opinion Maria is a real expert in the world of Recruitment. I worked with Maria at Harvey Nichols on both temporary and permanent placements and found her to extremely professional when dealing with my potential candidates and from a personal level. Maria was extremely exact in the briefing of her roles thus demonstrating her knowledge and commitment to her stakeholders Maria also managed our two-way communications very well with a superb balance of contact to ensure both parties are always up to speed with current issues”

    Lesley Ray
    Managing Director at Nouvo Recruitment
  • “I have had the pleasure of working with Maria over the years in very different circumstances. Firstly, Maria came to work for me as an HR Business Partner where she grasped the challenges of implementing our Organisational Development plans very quickly and, as such, dedicated her first 6 months in post to building relationships with all levels of management and staff to understand how they would respond to change and as such tailor her approach to be successful. Maria worked tirelessly to achieve her goals which she always did. I was sad she left the team but pleased it was for reasons to advance her career. I was subsequently delighted, when as Head of HR for an independent construction company, she asked if I could do some consultancy work for her in her quest to implement the Organisational Development Strategy which would increase employee engagement and retention. I witnessed her as a leader, trainer and most importantly, as a strong relationship manager.

    Maria is highly organised and has great planning and analysis skills resulting in the development of solutions to support any change management programme. I would not hesitate to recommend Maria to anyone looking for HR support and delivery”

    Leonie Goodman BA FCIPD
    HR Consultant
  • “I had the pleasure of getting to know Maria as part of a piece of work I was commissioned to support whilst she was a Head of HR at the Independent Builders Merchant Group. The first thing you most notice and value about Maria is her absolute passion and energy for what she does and her drive in creating a more modern approach to HR, Business Partnering and OD. She works hard, is committed to the work, the organisation and her team and is determined to have an impact on organisations and their people strategy. The next thing you notice is just how brave and bold she is in cutting through agendas and politics to make things happen, it takes real courageous to have some of the conversations she navigates. And at the same time she provides support to her team and establishes a positive team environment. Maria has deepened her expertise and is an established OD practitioner, HR change agent and consultant.”

    Debbie Harris.
    Director, Henry & Harris Partnership