Clients & Assignments

As a strategy and change consultancy since 1991, HBMC has worked for over 200 organisations. These include over 30 Local Authorities, several health agencies, various institutions of higher education, a range of consortia, partnership structures 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, Women's Health & Family Service, Oxford Research Group (HBRL), Bankside Gallery (RE/RWS), Rhizome Coop, Social Perspectives Network (mental health), Citizens' Income Trust, Streets of Growth and Citizens' Advice South Warwickshire 
  • 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
  • Facilitating South West Museum Development review its pandemic performance and develop its theory of Change (HBRL)
  • Coach and critical reader for developing strategies and business plans
  • Independent Chair in Barking of Arts Council supported Creative People & Places programme project
  • Long term work with Black Health Agency reviewing purpose, scope, partnership and delivery extending its role regionally and nationally
  • Facilitator of strategic planning for Greig City Academy Governing Board
  • Board effectiveness review for Concern Worldwide (UK) (HBRL)
  • Undertaken 60+ governance reviews including British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Article 19 (HBRL), Group for Education in Museums (HBRL), Veterans Aid (HBRL), Freud Museum (HBRL), Fulham Palace Trust (HBRL), Wymering Manor Trust (HBRL) and Crohn's & Colitis UK (HBRL)
  • Undertaken 40+ skills audit reviews of charity and not for profit Boards
  • Supporting Boards review and then improving their governance practice against the Charity Governance Code
  • Advising National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance on arrangements for autonomy and Spark2Life on independence 
  • Review of induction of STEP Board and Council members (HBRL)
  • Developed induction programmes for Trustees of many charities and museums
  • Governance reviews of several charities with significant trading activities
  • Advising on redrafting Articles including for the British Exploring Society
  • 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) 
  • Facilitating Board and Policy Committee of CILIP in deciding how to implement changes in governance  


  • 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 and management development programmes, Nigeria and Malawi
  • Leadership team development, Education Directorate, Westminster City Council
  • Senior Management Team development for several charities 
  • Supporting recruitment of several charity Chairs and Chief Executives, and many Trustees


  • Operationl reviews for The Churchill Fellowship and the Magistrates Association
  • Organisational reviews for Royal History Society, London Film School, Waterloo Action Centre and Tilbury on the Thames Trust (HBRL)
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 60+ organisational and strategy development projects for Lloyds Bank Foundation since 2014
  • Independent Chair of disciplinary panels
  • Advising Trustees on conflict of interest issues
  • Advising whistleblowing Trustees on seriou complaints
  • Investigating after critical incident affected organisation's work and reputation
  • Investigating serious complaint against a service user
  • On behalf of Boards reviewing performance of Chief Executive 


  • 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
  • Product review for Living Streets
  • Review of Institute of Masters of Wine


  • Highly experienced Action Learning Set facilitator
  • 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 19 merger processes with strategic and operational advice, and project management
  • Advising on forms of partnership agreement for Amberley Museum
  • Advising Trust Links on risk management


  • 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 
  • Scoping review of work experience in hospices (for Hospice UK / Health Education England)
  • Evaluation of Heritage Fund supported Ellington Park project (for Thanet District Council)
  • Review of Residencies and Awards programmes for Acme Artists Studios Ltd 
  • Evaluation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes
  • 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
  • Advising Head for Business, Refugee Resource and Mums Aid on development of social enterprise models 
  • 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 35 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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