Accord HR Consulting was founded in 2019 by Diane Secker to provide SMEs with practical, no-nonsense people management advice. People can be unpredictable, and work doesn’t always go to plan for a variety of reasons. Business owners and senior managers often have specialist or technical expertise and dealing with people management can sometimes take them away from what they do best. Addressing concerns and having difficult conversations, whether about performance, health or changes at work, can be daunting - especially if emotions are running high. We bring independent HR expertise to help managers through these challenges.

Diane works closely with partners specialising in other areas of people management including occupational health and legal advisers to ensure the best outcome for clients.

Accord HR Consulting will provide reassurance that your business is compliant with employment legislation and help you create a place to work where employees are happy and high performing.



Diane graduated with a BA (Hons) Applied Languages degree in 1998. Early in her HR career, whilst working in broadcasting, Diane completed a Diploma in HR Management at Kingston University. A few years later, whilst working as HR Manager at the BMA, she studied part time at Middlesex University graduating in 2007 with a Masters degree in Employment Law.  More recently, in 2019, Diane became a qualified Mental Health First Aider which complements her existing knowledge and interest in wellbeing at work. 

Diane is an associate member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) and attends events run by the local branch to keep up to speed with developments in the HR world. She is part of several networks of experienced HR professionals in Hertfordshire and is part of a nationwide HR Independents Group. These groups allow her immediate access to a wealth of complementary expertise including reward, recruitment and career or business coaches. 


My first HR role was in 1999 with a recruitment advertising and search and selection agency in London where I spent a year before moving to ITV at a time when television undergoing a period of significant change. I studied for my post graduate diploma in HR Management at Kingston University part time whilst working on restructures, mergers, consultation, redundancies and closures of units, before being made redundant myself. My experience allowed me to move to the British Medical Association which was culturally very different.  The HR issues were complex and fascinating. I studied for my masters in Employment Law whilst working at the BMA which gave me a more in-depth knowledge and improved the quality of my HR advice.

Now, having established Accord HR Consulting Ltd, I love collaborating with business owners and senior managers to ensure employees are high performing and enjoying their work. I usually find myself being brought in to help deal with a tricky people management situation, such as a grievance or a health issue. I gain insight into the business and culture, and can advise on ways to prevent reoccurrence of problems. I establish clear frameworks to increase efficiency through reducing conflict and ensuring compliance.

Diane Secker