Carolyn Hughes
HR | Organisational Development | Behavioural Science

I help with :
  • Employee Engagement
  • Culture
  • Human Resources
  • Recruitment Support
  • Behavioural Science

More about me

My clients greatly appreciate my down-to-earth and practical approach, as it allows me to strike a balance between delivering excellent quality and maintaining strong relationships. I firmly believe that achieving exceptional results should never come at the expense of building and nurturing meaningful connections. By prioritizing both quality and relationships, I ensure that my clients receive the best of both worlds. This approach fosters trust, collaboration, and long-term partnerships, enabling us to work together effectively towards their goals. My commitment to excellence is unwavering, and I firmly believe that success is best achieved through a harmonious blend of outstanding outcomes and strong client relationships


I am a seasoned consultant in the fields of HR, organisational development and talent management, with more than two decades of experience working with clients in the private, public, and third sectors. I founded Square Peg HR along with my co-director Frances McAulay, and we are proud to provide a range of HR services including employment law, operational HR advice, organisational development consultancy and recruitment/selection support. I hold an MA in Social Anthropology, a PGDip Careers Guidance and an MSc in Behavioural Science ; the latter has equipped me with a deeper understanding of the way people think, act, and make decisions in various contexts. I began my career as a Careers Advisor, providing guidance to both adults and secondary school pupils in Tyneside. I later transitioned into resourcing and assessment, offering in-house consultancy services to a range of large corporations and start-up outsourcing businesses. My track record led me to a senior management position with a FTSE 100 professional services organisation, where I managed a business psychology offering across Scotland, North East England, and Northern Ireland, working on high-profile government and public sector contracts. I maintain a keen interest in behavioural science and organisational psychology, leveraging my expertise in these areas to support SMEs and third sector organisations with their people and organisational projects. Behavioural science is a multidisciplinary field that draws from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and other disciplines to understand and influence human behaviour. By applying behavioural science principles, I help my clients make better decisions, improve employee engagement and performance, and achieve their strategic goals. I am a member of the British Psychological Society, a Test User: Occupational, Personality (formerly Level A and B), and have Level B conversion training in various tools such as OPQ, Saville Wave, and Hogan Suite.

Location and language :

  • Europe/London
  • English


  • 20
  • Various
  • MA Social Anthropology (1995) PG Dip Careers Guidance (1997) BSc Psychology (2006), MSc Behavioural Science (2022)