People Matters HR and The Team

At People Matters HR help clients develop, happy, resourceful and profitable teams, we will help you boost profits by Developing and Managing your people for growth.

People Matters was founded in 2011 by Niel Cope. The company aims to make a real difference in developing people in business. Our values state that we are ethical an moral, we want our clients to succeed in business by getting the very best out of the people they employ.

Niel Cope

Managing Director

Niel Cope has developed people and organisations for over 25 years. Niel has strategic experience in private, public and charitable sectors.

Niel has an MA in Strategic HR Management, a Post Graduate qualification in Law and HR Development, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Management Institute.

Yvonne Cope


Yvonne runs the “engine room” at People Matters, keeping everyone in order and ensuring the business runs smoothly. She is responsible for all financial and administrative matters, and drafts staff handbooks and employment contracts.

Aileen Lockhart

Office Manager and Quality Management

Aileen is the office manager at People Matters HR. Aileen has years of experience in training and quality management and also undertakes specific consultancy projects relating to ISO.

Samantha Croston

HR Advisor

Samantha has worked for People Matters HR since 2017 and acts as first point of contact to our clients. Sam is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and studied HR Business and Management.

Sam has quickly become our in-house expert on BreatheHR.