Catherine Dean

Partner, Head of HR
Human Resources

My Professional Background

My career in HR started in 1997, when I joined a Software Company in the City of London at the height of the ‘dot com’ era. The company went through a period of rapid growth and change and within four years we went from having 30 employees, going through five acquisitions floating on the stock market, to having a headcount of 2,000 with offices worldwide.

I was extremely fortunate to have joined the company at start-up stage, which enabled me to gain fantastic exposure to the world of business and in particular Human Resources. It was here that I was supported and encouraged to study for my CIPD qualification, which I did via distance learning whilst working full-time.

I joined Attwater & Liell (as we were known back then) as HR Manager in 2001, after having my first child and deciding that I no longer wanted the daily commute into the City. I look after the firm’s greatest assets; its people, across our five offices in London, Hertford, Ware, Harlow and Loughton, with responsibility for the HR function of the business and the firms HR offering to other Employers. Read more about our HR services here.

I am a true people person which is why a career in HR suits me so well. The team we have here at Attwaters Jameson Hill have become my second family; everyone is so friendly and supportive.


Achievements / Accreditations

CIPD qualified HR professional (since 1999) with a wide range of HR Generalist experience including:

  • Employee Relations
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Redundancies
  • TUPE
  • Recruitment
  • Performance Management
  • Disciplinaries & Grievances
  • Payroll & Benefits
  • Recruitment
  • Learning & Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Wellbeing

I am also a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

About me

I live in a small village in South Cambridgeshire with my two children. I enjoy long country walks, dining out, Netflix, watching football (I’m a Gunner !) and spending quality time with friends and family.



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