Human resource management
can be complicated

Simplify it with personalised advice and support from Skildare.

Call us today or request a callback below for a friendly, no obligation chat about your HR needs.

02 4940 8743

Level 2, 169 King Street,
Newcastle NSW 2300
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Skildare: A different kind of HR company,

A different kind of HR advice and support

Hi there, we’re Diane and Adam Loong, the founders of Skildare. We’re one part Irish, one part fighter pilot, and together our goal is to make our people soar so our clients can take off.

Hey, we get it. We’re business owners just like you. When we started Skildare, we knew it was an all-in kind of situation. You pour everything you’ve got into building a business. There are sleepless nights, unrelenting pressure and uncertainty at almost every bend in your journey.  

But it’s not all doom and gloom. When you’re running a successful business that’s powered by an engaged team, it’s worth it. Knowing that your people love your business as much as you do is priceless.   

From humble beginnings

It started with a leap of faith

2002
Founded
Di started out in a home office, working directly with clients including Whitelaw McDonald and Regional Road Express.
Nov 2003
The birth of Ciara
Di and Adam's daughter, Ciara Louise was born. Di created a great detail of flexibility in her role as mother and businesswoman.
Jun 2004
Move to USA
Di and Adam headed off to North Carolina with the Defence force. Di worked with clients from afar.
Oct 2005
The birth of Rory
Di and Adam welcomed their son Rory Adam while still in USA. Homelife expanded as did the responsibilities with 2 children and a business!
Apr 2007
Return to Aus
Di and Adam returned from the USA and she resumed Progress Through People from home with a select group of clients.
Apr 2012
Skildare re-brand
Adam resigned from the RAAF and joined Di full-time. A home office changed to a serviced office + their first employee - Kate!
Jun 2014
Office move
Moved into our first office space that needed a lot of work (!!) but with lots of TLC we made it into an office to be proud of!
Dec 2016
King St Office Purchase
The Skildare office that you see today was purchased. It was an amazing milestone to reach - and gosh we were proud!
Mar 2017
Move to King St
Renovations inline with our corporate image were completed. It was a great time as the team were very excited about the move!
Present
Where we're at
From 6 to 21! The growth is in the Skildare HR side of the business plus the development of Skildare Defence with Adam at the helm.
Our heart and soul

Building Skildare from
our people up

Our people are the heart and soul of our business.

They’re the key to our success.

And they will be for your business as well.   

The reason? Human resource management can be emotionally charged and tricky to navigate. It’s even harder if you don’t have the skills, systems and processes in place.

What if you didn’t have to feel that way? What if you could have your HR functions performed by the best talent in the HR industry?

Now we’re talking, right?

We created Skildare so busy business owners could feel supported by a friendly, expert team of HR specialists.

We’re focused on delivering down-to-earth, easy to understand HR advice and support to ensure your business is compliant and your HR functions run like a well-oiled machine.

Reducing HR headaches and

Helping our clients
succeed is our biggest motivator

We’ve been very deliberate with the culture we’ve created at Skildare. To support our clients in the best way, we needed a culture founded on being friendly, knowledgeable and not salesy. That last point is non-negotiable for us and it’s what makes us different.

You see, when you’ve built a stellar team founded on values like these, they’ll deliver exceptional outcomes for your customers and clients.

Nothing motivates our team more than reducing HR headaches and seeing our clients thrive.

It’s why we keep doing what we do.

We all show up at Skildare because we love it. And when the majority of your new clients come to you as referrals, well, you know you’re doing something right.

HOLD UP ...

What do being Irish and
being a fighter pilot have to do with it?

Ah, so you’re still wondering about that, huh?

Diane is originally from County Kildare in Ireland (yes, that’s how we got our name). With her Irish roots and sensational sense of humour, Skildare was never going to be ordinary.

Then there’s Adam. He’s as cool as a cucumber, which isn’t a surprise given his past career as a fighter pilot and then a fighter pilot combat instructor in the Royal Australian Air Force.

We married in 1998 and the business was formed to help Diane juggle the challenge of her career, parenting and life. In 2012, Adam left his full-time position with the air force and joined the business and Skildare took flight (see what we did there?). It’s an unlikely business partnership perhaps, but is full of passion, drive and a lot of good times along the way.

Now, we’re proud to be working alongside other like-minded specialists as part of Workplace HQ. This collaboration between Skildare, Osborn Law and peoplefusion is how we’re enhancing our service and making people and business strategies easier for other business owners.

You’ve taken the first step by visiting our website; now it’s time to take another.

Contact Skildare and talk to Diane or our General Manager, Brooke Reynolds, about your HR needs. We promise not to deliver a one-size-fits-all HR approach. Instead, we’re personal and genuine every step of the way.

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Di and Adam Skildare
It all starts here

Skildare has hand-picked
HR experts ready to help your business thrive

What does working with Skildare mean for you? Simply put, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your business is HR compliant and that the best interests of your people and your business are protected.

You’ll be working side by side with a crack team of friendly and talented HR consultants who love their job. They stay up to date on the latest employment laws, regulations, HR technologies and business practices – so you don’t have to.

Di Loong | Director
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Our fearless and fabulously fun leader, Diane
Diane is our fearless, fun and hands-on leader here at Skildare. She’s built Skildare from the ground up with one thing in mind – treating her clients’ business like it’s her own. She genuinely cares about getting the best results for her clients, and she’s nurtured her exceptional team of HR consultants to strive for the same.
Diane describes Skildare as ethical, caring and high achieving. And she loves mentoring and making a difference in her team members careers just as much as she loves helping her clients, their businesses and their employees.
More on Di…
She’s always wanted to publish a book
The first trophy she ever won was for a 100-metre sprint
We Are the Champions by Queen is her theme song
She was pretty sure she’d grow up to be a nurse (just like her mum)
One thing that you should know about Diane is that she’s knowledgeable, easy-going and completely approachable. Combine this with her 25 years of experience in the HR industry, and you’ve got the best in the business helping you with all your HR needs.
Brooke Reynolds | General Manager
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Little Miss Multi-tasker, that’s our Brooke
Brooke is our General Manager, our resident travel guru and the queen of multi-tasking. She’s well known for keeping all the balls in the air with our team and managing the broad range of services we provide to our clients. Brooke’s favourite part of working at Skildare is the relationships that she develops with the team and our clients.
When it comes to delivering exceptional experiences for our clients, Brooke firmly believes that this starts with really understanding their business and their culture. And, with over 15 years of experience in HR, we’re inclined to believe her.
More on Brooke…
She’s a closet travel agent
Her office superpower is using her intuition
She married her childhood sweetheart
Lollies are Brooke’s weakness
Brooke loves working with inspiring and strong leaders across successful Newcastle businesses. There’s nothing that motivates her more each and every day than making a positive impact on their business.
Kate Minns | HR Consultant
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Niceness and nerdiness, that’s our Kate.
Kate is our resident spreadsheet super-nerd, and it’s her attention to detail and her research skills that make her stand out. She’s been with Skildare since 2013 and loves collaborating with the team on all things award compliance.
Kate’s clients commonly ask her about employee entitlements. Of course, she’s quick to respond with the right answer and knows how to support her clients without being salesy. Kate finds working with people who have built successful businesses to be genuinely inspiring.
More on Kate…
Kate loves leopard print
If she had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of her life, it would be plain sea-salt chips
Her superhero power would be teleporting
If she were a pasta, she’d be Penne – consistent, reliable and holds the sauce
Kate describes the team at Skildare as fun, smart and inclusive. Put simply, she loves her Skildare team, and we know you will too.
Nicholas Adams | HR Consultant
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Need some heavy lifting? Nick’s your guy.
Nick is not only our go-to guy when we need help shifting furniture, he’s also our heavy lifter when it comes to all things risk management, compliance and assurance. Nick loves working at Skildare because of the interesting work and the sense of achievement he gets from helping business owners make sense of all things HR.
With a combined seven years’ experience in industrial and employee relations and HR, a Bachelor of Law and exceptional knowledge of workplace legislation, Nick is a knowledgeable and highly respected member of our team. 
More on Nick…

His proudest moment was becoming a dad
Travelling to the US for an NFL game is on his must-do list
You might be surprised to know that he’s got a green thumb and loves to garden
Nick loves helping businesses fill that HR compliance gap so they can do what they do best – building their business.
Jessica Gossage | HR Consultant
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Jess is our process queen
When it comes to delivering exceptional experiences for her clients, Jess thrives on helping them overcome the complexities of HR by keeping the process simple. The best piece of advice she’s ever been given was to treat others the way you want to be treated. That’s why you’ll find that Jess’s commitment to her clients is unwavering.
Jess is always looking for opportunities to go above and beyond for her clients. She’s even got a knack for identifying HR needs that clients didn’t even know they had.
More on Jess…
She is mum to 2 young and very adventurous boys
Her office superpower is being the voice of reason
She spent some of her earlier 20’s living abroad in the UK 
Jess’s depth of experience (13 years in HR) combined with her Bachelor of Business and her supportive nature means she’s a real asset to our team.
Samantha Russell | HR Consultant
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Meet Sam – she’s cool, calm and collected
Having worked in HR for 15 years, it takes a lot to ruffle our Sam’s feathers. Her calm and light-hearted nature makes her an excellent communicator and an even better HR consultant. Sam might struggle to park her car at Skildare each morning, but she’ll always bring her A-game when it comes to partnering with clients.
She loves building great relationships and really getting to know the heart of every business she works with.
More on Sam…
Bring the tissues for tear-jerker movies
Spreadsheet budgets are her thing
When she was five, she’d thought she’d grow up to be a writer
We absolutely love her funny and energetic personality, but don’t be fooled; she’s seriously smart, hardworking and dedicated to delivering exceptional service to her clients—Every. Single. Time.
Sarah Tyler | HR Consultant
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From hospitality to HR and now an MBA, meet Sarah
Sarah starts her day at Skildare with a coffee in hand and a desire to make a real difference in her clients’ lives. How does she do it? By really getting to know them and their business, and then finding practical solutions to their HR needs. In fact, engaging with local business owners is what Sarah enjoys most about her role in HR.
And, having come from a background in hospitality, you’ll find her to be friendly, honest and no stranger to a good conversation.
More on Sarah…
Sarah’s hidden talent is playing the piano
If Hollywood made a move about her life, Zoey Deschanel would be the lead actress
When she was 5, she was going to be a hairdresser when she grew up
Sarah’s worked in HR for 11 years and contributes a tremendous amount of experience and professionalism to the Skildare team. For Sarah, the most inspiring part of her job is seeing other people become confident in their role.
Amy Hamilton | HR Consultant
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Amy is Skildare’s Little Miss Sunshine
She’s been a member of the Skildare team for four and a half years and loves that every day is challenging and different. She wholeheartedly believes that regular communications and updates are the keys to delivering exceptional experiences for her clients. You can rely on Amy to always keep you informed.
Now, while Amy didn’t get her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, she did start her HR career with Skildare because she wanted to make workplaces better for everyone. The way she does that is by getting the HR foundations right for her clients. 
More on Amy…
Her office superpower is making people smile
She’s a real go-getter and does everything she sets out to do
Her proudest moment was surviving her first solo trip to South America
The last book she read was Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
You’ll find Amy to be approachable, professional, and someone you can turn to for all your HR questions.
Courtney Perry | HR Officer
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The Skildare team’s right arm? That’s our Courtney
Court’s office super power is anticipating and completing a task before she is asked. Or being given a task and not just doing what she is asked but also the next three steps. When the workload is high, GM Brooke would be swimming around in circles without her. 
Variety is the spice of life according to our Courtney, and it’s why she loves working at Skildare. Having worked with us for just over two years, Courtney has gained exceptional skills across a broad range of HR projects. Her clients and the rest of our Skildare team find her to be supportive, a good listener and super helpful.
Courtney’s favourite part about working at Skildare is our unique and fun team.
More on Courtney…
If she was a pasta shape, she’d be a bowtie because they’re funky like her
She’s always wanted to bungee
Her superhero superpower would be telepathy
She was the first Uni graduate in her family
Courtney has a Bachelor of Business – Human Resource Management and Sport Management from the University of Newcastle. The proudest moment in her HR career was a well-deserved promotion to HR Officer in January 2020. But, if she didn’t love HR so much, you’d probably find her blogging about all sorts of scrumptious food.
Ashlee Sunderland | HR Graduate
A recipe for success – Meet Ashlee
Ashlee might be the newest member of our Skildare team, but her talent for picking delicious cakes means she’s quickly becoming the favourite. Ashlee recently graduated with a Bachelor of Business – Human Resources and Marketing. She chose HR as her career because she loves problem solving.
You’ll find Ashlee to be diligent, dependable and kind—that’s how we knew she’d be a great fit for our team.
More on Ashlee…
She’s loves a good club sandwich
Her first ever trophy was for a ballet recital
She always orders the best dish
If she won the lotto, she’d travel to Japan
Ashlee might be new to Skildare, but she’s no stranger to how HR issues can impact a business and its employees. Having worked in the hospitality industry and freelance marketing on the side, Ashlee’s broad knowledge base, positive attitude and commitment to customer service really shine.
Thomas Headland | Software Developer
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Technically supreme, say hello to Tom
Tom has been a highly respected member of our Skildare team for almost five years now. He’s one smart cookie and has helped shape Skildare into the technically strong HR business that we are today. In fact, his proudest moments include the positive feedback we receive for the systems we’ve created and that are used in the real world of HR.
Tom proudly calls Skildare his home because we make a genuine difference to the lives of our clients and we provide value to our community.
More on Tom…
He’s studied mechatronics engineering
Gliding and rowing rock his world
Tom is our resident software developer. He loves nothing more than managing projects with a high degree of responsibility and autonomy. And take it from us, he exceeds our expectations every time.
Asha Sparrow | Accountant
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One part fun, one part genius – that’s our Asha
As an accountant, Asha’s a real numbers girl at heart, and accuracy is her secret weapon here at Skildare. But what inspires her most is getting to know the rest of her team. Asha’s a bit of a newbie to Skildare, having been here for only six months. But in that time she’s developed a solid reputation for being easy-going, approachable and, did we mention, a genius?
More on Asha…
Her proudest moment was holding her son Lennon for the first time
If she wasn’t so damn good at her job, she’d be a stand-up comedian (she’s our Little Miss Funny, that’s for sure).
Folding a fitted sheet is her hidden talent
If she won the lotto tomorrow, Asha would head off on holiday
Asha describes Skildare as fun, hard-working and relatable, which is why we know she’s sticking around.