Helen Hartley

Helen Hartley

HR Professional, traveller, music lover, theatre-goer and sometime artist!

Helen Hartley:- Founder and Managing Director

Helen Hartley has a strong senior generalist HR background, including Strategic Planning, Organisational Development, Performance Management, Learning and Development, Remuneration, Change Management, Employee and Industrial Relations.

She has a strong belief in “creating frameworks for excellence”. Her consulting skills facilitate pragmatic solutions and interventions. To that extent, she has been a confidant, partner and coach to CEO’s, Managing Directors and Senior Managers enabling them to responsibly drive results required in rigorous business enterprises

Helen draws on her extensive international business experience in her work and has worked for such notable companies as Schwarzkopf, Levi Strauss, and Duty-Free Stores owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH Group).  Helen Hartley has worked in the United States, New Zealand, Germany, and Asia where she has facilitated programs or worked with facilitators at both the strategic and tactical level.

Utilising a whole systems perspective, Helen Hartley supports her clients in expanding their self-awareness and taking courageous action in the direction of positive growth. With a belief that you can only champion growth in others to the extent to which you are prepared to grow yourself, her development journey is always a work in progress!

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Human Resources by Design Values


Building strong, mutually beneficial, relationships to achieve your goals.


Through ongoing professional development, we stay well informed and up to date.


We apply the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, ethics and honesty.

Action Orientation

Be decisive after consideration of the facts. Making good on commitments.

Commercially Successful

Being a commercial success yet maintaining space for pro-bono assignments.


The feeling of pleasure and satisfaction of a job well done!

“Music SA was in need of professional HR guidance and advice in 2015 and Helen Hartley was highly recommended by a colleague and friend.   She was engaged to assist the board of directors of the organisation to develop a new strategic plan.  Helen did not disappoint. She lead the group through a very challenging task which ended in the group feeling united and engaged in the process.  Helen was instrumental in assisting the board to develop and agree to a vision and objectives for the years ahead.  Her support and the time she gave us was generous and extremely helpful.  On behalf of Music SA’s board,  I’d like to thank Helen for her highly professional, insightful and dedicated approach throughout the process.  I will always be grateful.”

Anne Wiberg Chair, Music SAMusic SA

I know we formally thanked you in the last session but I just wanted to add my personal thanks for your work with us (and me!). I found it very useful and compelling and I think it will help address many of the issues facing AIB staff now and into the future due to the relentless change and pressures of this (higher education-based) industry.

Associate Professor Steve BrownDeputy Academic Director, Australian Institute of BusinessAustralian Institute of Business

I have worked with Helen Hartley over the past 6 years where she has been engaged as a consultant by my last two employers to produce and deliver a variety of training, workshops, and development programs in the areas of Leadership, Management, Communication and Customer Service.

Helen has extensive knowledge of Organisation Development, Management and Leadership theories and is an accredited practitioner in Myers Briggs psychological profiling and Benchmarks 360 ° feedback development process.  This knowledge combined with Helen’s senior management and international experience means that Helen is equally comfortable training or coaching senior executives, middle management, emerging leaders and academics. Helen’s warm and engaging communication style means that she is able to draw from her extensive business experience to provide real life examples to complement the learning for participants.

I value Helen’s advice and counsel and would highly recommend Helen of HR by Design to other business that would benefit from these skills.

Norma WestSenior Human Resources ConsultantAustralian Institute of Business

I have known Helen for many years and have worked with her on several occasions. She is a highly professional, competent HR Practicioner and is capable of managing complex and high level HR projects. I endorse her highly. Her career successes are testament to her ability and status in the industry

Robert ColeTreasurer - International Bureau for Epilepsy

I have worked closely with Helen Hartley for almost four years as she assisted me in developing and implementing a business plan to start a new psychology business.  During that time Helen provided me with accurate and timely advice about everything an inexperienced business owner needed to know.  Helen’s skill set is impressive. It ranges from marketing to industrial law, contracts, staffing and all Human Relations issues. She is an energetic and inspirational woman who leads by example.

Helen is generous with her time and treats all her clients as valued friends.  She is hardworking, knowledgeable and utterly professional in everything she does. She has particular strengths in  analyzing conflicts in the workplace and keeping people accountable and task orientated, rather than getting lost in the emotion. If you ever need support in terminating employment contracts, Helen will guide you in how to do that professionally with respect for each person involved. I wholeheartedly recommend Helen’s services to anyone needing a wise business mentor and coach.

Robyn Blake MortimerManaging Director: ABC Psychology

HR by Design provided Sight For All with advice, support and assistance when we needed it. Helen is such a joy to work with. She brings a wealth of experience, coupled with up-to-date knowledge. We highly recommend working with HR by Design

Judy BickmoreExecutive OfficerSight for All

Helen Hartley was recommended to us a while ago when a serious HR issue arose in our practice. We knew that we were out of our depth and needed professional help and guidance to deal with the matter. With Helen’s vast knowledge of HR legalities, she was able to quickly guide us through this challenging time that resulted with a very positive outcome. Dealing with Helen was a pleasure and we would definitely engage her services in the future. We would not hesitate to highly recommend Helen Hartley from Human Resources by Design

Dr Diana Humphery Principal DentistGreg Goussios Practice Manager Hove Dental

Helen is an outstanding facilitator. She is both knowledgeable and engaging. She gets consistently high feedback from participants. Helen’s approach is both collaborative and creative. She is flexible and personable, always easy to work with.

Karen TaylorDirector at Karen Taylor Consulting