Your Independent HR Expert

About Me

Meet Darren Jones

Your HR expert

I am Darren Jones, an experienced HR professional, coach and mentor, project manager, and multi-site commercial leader.

I have extensive experience across private and public sectors, specialising in pharmacy, healthcare, retail, supply chain, manufacturing, local government, higher education, and non-profit organisations.

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My Experience

Human Resources

I am a 19 years qualified Chartered Member of the CIPD (Level 7), with extensive experience across all HR disciplines.  

I specialise in HR consultancy, business partnering, HR systems, and people strategy development.

Leadership Coaching

I have 3 decades of commercial leadership experience; leading and developing large disparate teams. 

I design and deliver leadership development programmes for business leaders and management teams, as well as coaching support for HR teams.

Project Management

I have led and delivered a diverse range of HR projects for over 25 years; across pharmacy, retail, head office functions, local authority, and higher education. 

Including digital transformation, HR shared services, SAP HR, recruitment services, pensions, payroll, policy, and reward, 

What My Clients Say

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Rob Spence
Managing Director

Darren flips HR on its head and with a sense of normal and tranquillity. He has helped Paragon to set solid foundations and is constantly helping with new ideas and fresh ways of thinking. I am sure with Darren by our side our business will continue to flourish.

Harmeet Singh
Managing Director

Axies Digital has been working with Instinct HR for months. Darren has been rock solid with our employment from contracts to building our company culture. Great value for money.

Hannah Panter

Darren easily understood the situation and provided advice and guidance that the board could use to make decisions. He spent time understanding us, so he could tailor the support he gave us.

We would recommend Darren to any organisation looking for a pragmatic and holistic HR resource. We hope to continue working with Darren as the charity moves forward.

David Hannath
Thinking Engineer

Darren demonstrated a keenness to learn new techniques, engaged fully and supported others in their learning. His desire to collaborate for a greater good was a testament to his character and to his business brand.”

Tim Grainger

Darren wrote and delivered four documents for us including our company handbook, Independent Contractor agreement and our Client Delivery agreement, all vital documents to our business – all delivered ahead of schedule, on budget (despite our changes), and completed to an exceptionally high degree. For any HR needs, Darren is our ‘go to’ – great work, thank you.

Kerry Broadley-Seaton

Darren’s HR service, advice and support for my small growing business has been proven invaluable. He’s provided much needed guidance for employee contracts and other supporting documents, equally well received is his advice which has made me reassess how I look at my business growth and direction for the future. Thank you

Daniel Dore
CEO & Founder

The service provided by Instinct HR is superb. It has alleviated all the effort of creating key HR documents and processes and also taken away any concerns or worries around compliance. Darren and his team are an extension of our company and provide a first class HR service. We would happily recommend their services.

My Values

I work hard to develop a deep understanding of you, your business and your team, so I can give you the tailored support you need, developing a people strategy and culture to help grow your business. I live and work with my values as my guide. This is who I am, and how I show up.



Everything I do starts and ends here. Fairness and equality are at my core. I will help you develop a people-centric business



My strong moral principles have honesty, trustworthiness, and kindness at their core. I am always true to my word



I am always by true to myself, living by my values and principles, being genuine and authentic at all times



Building deep understanding of my clients and their teams is fundamental, created by a strong bond, based on mutual respect and trust

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