In this week’s episode of Suffolk Money, Colin talks to Carole Burman, founder and owner of one of our region’s leading HR consultancies, MAD-HR.

Like many great things, MAD-HR came from small beginnings, with Carole launching a new business from her kitchen table back in 2014. As Carole explains to Colin, prior to this she was in a very successful corporate HR role, but when her mother became unexpectedly ill, Carole felt compelled to rethink her working approach and spend time with her parents before it was too late.

Carole had developed a vision for a different kind of HR consultancy, wanting to really Make A Difference. The concept of MAD-HR was born and the unique values and ethos behind the name has been the foundation and the driving force of the consultancy, which eschews the stereotypes often associated with HR and since earnt Carole and her team countless awards and a phenomenal reputation.

Charlotte joined Carole as co-director in 2016, and from here the team steadily grew. In the last year things have really skyrocketed and there are now 11 employees, five of which have been recruited in 2022. Carole explains that businesses are starting to realise that just focusing on employment law when it comes to their HR requirements isn’t enough. The value that HR professionals such as MAD-HR can bring, will empower the business and make sure that it is the best that it can be.

Carole also has another passion; despite living in Kent she was brought up as an Ipswich Town fan! As soon as she was able, she bought herself a season ticket and went to every home game. As fate would have it, her now husband was also an avid fan and this is where they met, at the Portman Road stands during the weekly games!

For more information about Carole and her amazing team of HR Professionals, visit: