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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, 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 Anti Bullying Alliance

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 Artsline

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 14 merger processes with strategic and operational advice, and project management


Undertaken over 30 governance reviews

Governance reviews of British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Article 19 (HBRL), Veterans Aid (HBRL), Freud Museum (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 and Bridge Mental Health, 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 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)

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


Hilary Barnard, HBMC, 24 Leighton Grove, London NW5 2QP, UK
phone +44 20 7284 1566 : mobile +44 7831 784070 : email hilarybarnard@aol.com