Clients & Assignments

As a strategy and change consultancy since 1991, HBMC has worked for over 140 organisations. These include over 30 Local Authorities, several Health Authorities/PCTs, various institutions of higher education, a range of consortia, partnership bodies and professional organisations (e.g. The Law Society), a number of small firms and at least 60 national, regional and local organisations in the voluntary, arts, heritage/museums, social entrepreneur, housing and community regeneration sectors.

Examples of consultancy work include:


  • Strategic reviews for Partnership for Children, Oxford Research Group (HBRL), Bankside Gallery (RE/RWS), Social Perspectives Network (mental health), Citizens' Income Trust, Citizens' Advice South Warwickshire and Bright Ideas Trust
  • Facilitator of executive strategic planning for International Bar Association (Human Rights Institute)
  • Turnaround strategies for select clients, enabling major change in business models, organisational practice and direction
  • Two strategic reviews for London based charity to go national, develop products/services, and then assist with implementation to maintain leading and competitive edge
  • 5-year UK-wide strategy for playwork education and training (for SkillsActive)
  • Long term work with Black Health Agency reviewing purpose, scope, partnership and delivery extending its role regionally and nationally
  • Long term review of Macfarlane Trust (haemophiliacs living with HIV/AIDS as a result of NHS blood contamination) including social work and other non-direct financial services
  • Facilitator of strategic planning for Greig City Academy Governing Board


  • Leadership and enablers' programmes for members of Association of Independent Museums (HBRL)
  • Leadership development programmes, Parkinson's UK
  • Team leadership programmes, The Westminster Society
  • Leadership team development, Education Directorate, Westminster City Council
  • Middle management programme, Age Concern England
  • Leadership and management development programmes, Nigeria and Malawi
  • Leadership programmes, South East Museum Service
  • Supporting recruitment of several charity Chief Executives


  • Competency development framework for permanent staff in Students Unions (HBRL, commissioned by NUSUK)
  • Developing National Workforce Competences for health care staff who provide services to people with learning difficulties (for Skills for Health)
  • Performance management and measurement for charities in the criminal justice, and drugs and alcohol sectors
  • Senior management reviews for SEAP, Demelza Children's Hospice and In Control
  • Review of community trust for Francis Crick Institute (HBRL) 
  • Scoping review and feasibility study for 3 Age UKs in the North East, to develop joint commercial arm in domiciliary care 
  • Organisational reviews for London Film School, Waterloo Action Centre and Tilbury on the Thames Trust (HBRL)
  • Organisational development and consultancy for the Elfrida Society 
  • Organisational strength review for Age UK Newcastle 
  • Organisational and strategy development projects for Lloyds Bank Foundation


  • Review of Family Support Service for National Deaf Children's Society (HBRL)
  • Review of Spaceshaper tool and process for Commission for Architecture & Built Environment (CABE)
  • National development study of SME take-up of National Vocational Qualifications
  • Lead consultant in feasibility study for New Cross New Deal for Communities regeneration area - collaborating with Featherstone Associates architectural practice
  • Product review for Living Streets
  • Review of Institute of Masters of Wine


  • Service user focus for social care change projects (Skills for Care)
  • Valuing People Support Team (Department of Health) change programme including facilitating Action Learning Sets in London, and in South East and South West England
  • Support for major refocus of Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Performance review of Headteachers (under auspices of National Governors Association)


  • Trusted advisor and project manager supporting 16 merger processes with strategic and operational advice, and project management


  • Undertaken 40+ governance reviews
  • Governance reviews of British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Article 19 (HBRL), Veterans Aid (HBRL), Freud Museum (HBRL), Fulham Palace Trust (HBRL) and Crohn's & Colitis UK (HBRL)
  • Facilitating engagement and collaboration of Council and Senior Leadership Team of Volunteering Matters (formerly Community Service Volunteers)
  • Governance reviews of several charities with significant trading activities
  • Facilitating Board and Policy Committee of CILIP in deciding how to implement changes in governance
  • Redrafting Articles of the British Exploring Society 
  • Supporting Boards of Bishopsgate Institute, Bridge Mental Health and Safe in Sussex, reviewing their governance practice and performance, and develop frameworks of accountability to stakeholders  
  • Review of induction of STEP Board and Council members (HBRL) 
  • Induction of Trustees for new Board of CISV International, and Powell Cotton (Quex) Museum
  • Mediation between Chair and Chief Executive of a national charity
  • External reviews of school and Multi-Academy Trust governance (under umbrella of National Governors Association) 


  • Evaluation of income generation workstrand, years 1, 2 and 3 (for ACEVO)
  • Evaluation of Talking Together programme and ICT and Carers pilot projects (for TimeBank DCLG funded programme)
  • Evaluation and needs assessment for ISG grant programme (for MS Society) 
  • Evaluation of vocational education and training  of staff in hospices (for Hospice UK, Skills for Care funded project)
  • Three-year evaluation of Swansea Women's Aid Community Outreach programme 
  • Evaluation of National Performance Programme (for CES)
  • Scoping review of work experience in hospices (for Hospice UK / Health Education England)
  • Review of the Neighbourhood Facilitation Service for Newham Local Strategic Partnership
  • Review of Residencies and Awards programmes for Acme Artists Studios Ltd 
  • Evaluation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes
  • Evaluation of LVSC Policy and Knowledge Team and LVSC networks
  • Review of change agents (DDEs) within the Methodist Church


  • Assisting Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg) in successful tender (worth £11 million over 3 years) to DCSF/Treasury to deliver financial capability training for primary and secondary schools
  • Funding strategies for social enterprises (Head for Business) and professional organisations
  • Financial support for county primary schools from charitable and corporate sources


  • Project management, Children's Workforce Network, working closely with Central Government Departments (commissioned by Children's Workforce Development Council)


  • Over 25 clients
  • 360review feedback for Chairs of School Governing Boards (under umbrella of National Governors Association)

HBRL indicates where the assignment has been a joint project with Ruth Lesirge


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