The HR Elephant was set up in 2017 in Newry by experienced HR professional Aine Crilly. Aine identified a gap in the market for supporting cross border businesses working in either or both jurisdictions in Ireland. Since then, The HR Elephant has grown not just to support organisations working cross border but also those working exclusively in Northern Ireland or the UK and organisations working exclusively in Ireland. The HR Elephant now has three locations with its Head Office in the border location of Newtownhamilton and support offices in Newry and Dundalk. 

The HR Elephant has been helping and guiding those responsible for people management to effectively lead and guide their organisation to success at the very heart of what it does. It aims to cut through the jargon and make people management about people.

The HR Elephant offers a range of people management professional services to support your organisation regardless of whether you employ two people or two thousand people.

Why HR Elephant?

People often ask us where the name the HR Elephant came from. Sometimes they assume it is because people management can be the elephant in the room in an organisation; or because HR can be a ‘big beast’ for people to tackle. These are both the case but for us, it came for our love and respect for these fascinating creatures.

Elephants are believed to be one of the most intelligent species in the world. They are respected by many other animal groupings. Elephants display characteristics associated with compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, memory, communication, and learning. These are key traits that should be displayed by those entrusted to look after the welfare of others in the workplace. We work with our clients to instil the best of the traits of this amazing animal in their teams; to help them to nurture, lead and guide their own ‘Herd’ to success.

Our People

Aine Crilly

Managing Director

Aine is the Head of the Herd with more than 10 years’ experience delivering HR, Legal, project management and people management solutions.

Tracy Loughran Assoc. CIPD

HR Consultant

Tracy is an experienced HR Consultant who specialises in the construction sector having spend also 8 years working in this area before moving into people management.

Eimear Savage Assoc. CIPD

HR Executive

Eimear has been with The HR Elephant for nearly two years as a HR executive having previously worked in HR in the hospitality sector.

Shannon McGrath Assoc. CIPD

HR Executive

Shannon joined The HR Elephant from the Civil Service after completing a Marketing Degree at University of Ulster. Shannon works across a range of clients particularly in the retail and services sector.

Kate Podgorna Assoc. CIPD

HR Administrator

Kate is a highly experienced administrator who also runs her own giftware business in her spare time.

Philip Jones

Digital Marketing Executive

Philip joined The HR Elephant in 2021 as a Digital Marketing Executive having already worked in several customer facing roles in the hospitality and manufacturing sectors. Philip is currently studying a Higher-Level Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing at Southern Regional College.

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