Human Resources

Published: April 12, 2022 | Updated: April 13, 2022

Rebecca hits the ground running as long-held ambition to run her own business comes true

Rebecca Clayton and Rebecca Old, Directors, R Human Resources.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Rebecca Clayton admits she’s had mixed emotions in recent weeks.

On the one hand sadness, and not a little apprehension, at leaving her colleagues at the Poole-based RNLI after seven years.

But also excitement at focusing solely and full-time on the HR business – R Human Resources – established with former RNLI colleague Rebecca ‘Becky’ Old and featured on Dorset Biz News last year.

“Am I apprehensive? For sure!” Rebecca wrote on a LinkedIn post.

She added: “Leaving the RNLI family was such a hard decision to make and who knows where the consultancy will go.

“But I don’t want to regret not trying it and I’m very excited about the things I have planned in my calendar for April.”

And now, just a fortnight or so after taking the plunge, Rebecca couldn’t be more pleased.

The new website – – has gone live, she’s presented awards on behalf of the business, and in the process met actor, writer and director Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, and started networking at events across the county.

“HR consultancy life is exciting,” she said.

Rebecca, a mother of two, founded R Human Resources in January 2020.

She was joined by Becky, 35, in December of that year.

Both are directors in the business.

Rebecca, 42, said: “We’ve worked with companies from a wide range of industries including recruitment, estate agents, technology and not for profits.

“Becky and I have also worked really well together.

“We have our dedicated clients but have covered for each other when necessary.

“We’ve been sounding boards and supportive of each other.

“We met whilst job sharing at the RNLI and our children are similar ages.

“We’ve become proud members of the Dorset Chamber and FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) and are a featured member of BCP Connect.

“Over the next year, we want to grow to have a larger client base with a range of SME clients.

“I’ve also volunteered for a local academy trust, providing HR expertise, in order to give back to the community and share my HR knowledge.

“I have also been a volunteer judge at some local business awards as we want to support and encourage local businesses.

“It’s long been my ambition to run my own business – and now it’s happened.”