Consultancy Profiles

The profiles below - of Hilary Barnard and the HBMC team - introduce the range and depth of qualification and experience that, as a potential client, you can expect when you commission us. Our consultancy's assignments are supported by practical, grounded and creative proposals to facilitate change and development. 

Hilary Barnard
Hilary is a highly experienced consultant operating at senior level with Boards, Chief Executives, senior managers, and elected Members throughout the UK and internationally.  He specialises in strategy, leadership development, coaching, performance improvement, evaluation, and significant organisational change and development - including mergers, partnership working and alliances.  His wide knowledge - of effective strategic development and change processes in public service, professional, not-for-profit and voluntary organisations - includes resource-getting, effective use of data and quality systems.  Hilary has also extensive expertise as a facilitator, coach and developer.

He holds an MBA with distinction in strategic management (1991) and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), a member of the Experience Network, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Hilary was a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School. His own positions over the past 20 years - whether as Board member, Chair, or Trustee - of several housing trusts, educational bodies and charitable organisations, inform his consultancy work. This experience and insight enable him and the HBMC team to engage with the complex issues and challenges which clients need to work through, to achieve the best outcomes.

Hilary takes the lead responsibility in HBMC assignments and is the initial point of contact for discussing your organisation's needs. Hilary takes personal responsibility for leading on strategic development, designing leadership programmes, and for the HBMC team to deliver projects on time and at value-for-money prices. 

Hilary is the author of many reports, articles and position papers; he has also co-authored several articles with Ruth Lesirge (the RL in HBRL Consulting). For a full list of publications, some of which are available to download, click here >>

The HBMC team

Hilary is fortunate to work with a very talented team of experienced professionals whose specialisms cover: organisational design and development; governance and leadership; policy development and political awareness; marketing and branding; communications and staff engagement; consultation methodologies; merger and alliance building; action research and action learning; executive coaching; mentoring and personal development; and survey design and data analysis. 

Ruth Lesirge
Ruth is an expert in governance for charities and not for profit organisations, and an experienced executive coach. She was a member of the 2013 ACEVO Governance Commission and is a founder member and Chair of Trustees of the Association of Chairs. She and Hilary have undertaken several governance reviews together as well as wider strategy and organisational development exercises. 

Ruth was previously Chief Executive of the Retail Trust (elder care) and also of the Mental Health Foundation (policy and practice research). She is a co-author of Tools for Tomorrow and Getting Ready for Enterprise (both NCVO Publications), and of the Trustee Recruitment Guide (Governance Hub). She was a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School and Head of Governance for the Cass CCE Consultancy. Ruth is a current Trustee of the Bishopsgate Institute and the London Film School. A qualified teacher, with a previous career in adult community education, she was latterly Principal of a local authority adult education service. She is a recognised writer and BBC broadcaster in the field of adult literacy, and holds post graduate qualifications in both adult education and voluntary sector management. 

Hilary regularly collaborates with Ruth, working together as HBRL Consulting.

Christine Fogg
Christine specialises in coaching and mentoring, leadership development, change management and strategic planning. Christine worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in HIV/Sexual Health before becoming Chief Executive of two HIV/AIDS charities and then Breast Cancer Care, a position she held for 9 years. She has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation and Social Policy at the London School of Economics.   

Christine is currently consulting in the health and social care field, with projects including the development of the first mentoring scheme for Social Workers (and latterly Registered Managers), commissioning and developing a range of leadership programmes for the social care sector in collaboration with Ashridge Business School and facilitating a series of patient events for a cancer charity.  Christine has been a Lay Member of Brent Clinical Commissioning Group and is currently a trustee of the Royal Free Hospital Charity. 

Irene MacWilliam
Irene is a highly experienced organisational consultant working with a background in national NGOs, housing associations and in higher education. Her focus is on undertaking projects involving complex and large scale organisational change and development. She has an MSc in Change Agent Skills and Strategies (with distinction), University of Surrey, and a Certificate in Group Work, Institute of Group Analysis. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an NCVO Approved Consultant.

As an experienced consultant Irene draws on models from business and humanistic psychology to work with Boards, leaders, strategic and operational teams who want to develop organisations and teams and achieve their goals. She has particular experience of working with hidden conflict enabling possibilities for creative change. As well as long term consultancy projects Irene has facilitated Board and team development, larger group conferences, action learning sets, management learning, and coached individuals in leadership roles. 

Jacqueline Williams
Jacqueline specialises in working with Boards and leadership teams to promote a productive governance culture and providing essential understanding of financial management as key tools in delivering the changes that organisations need.  She regularly facilitates boards and senior staff across the corporate, private, public and voluntary sectors both within the UK and internationally.  Her main areas of expertise relate to the legal responsibilities of company directors and trustees, strategic thinking and best practice in financial governance.  She has an MSc in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics from Birkbeck College, University of London, and is a qualified lawyer (Barrister) with an LLB from London University, in addition to being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). 

Tim Clark

Tim specialises in mergers, developing new business models, service review and funding and resourcing.  Tim has recently completed 7 years as Chief Executive of Barnet Citizens Advice Bureau.  He was previously a solicitor with Russell, Jones & Walker (now Slater & Gordon), and a professional musician.  He has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management with distinction from Cass Business School.


As a charity Chief Executive, Tim had considerable success in securing significant public service contracts and funding from Trusts and Foundations.  He was also instrumental in developing consortia and cross sector partnerships to bring additional resources into the information and advice sector

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The HBMC team's expertise and specialisms include:

organisational design and development

governance and leadership

policy development and political awareness

marketing and branding

communications and staff engagement

consultation methodologies

merger and alliance building

action research and action learning

executive coaching

mentoring and personal development

survey design and data analysis