who we are

We believe higher education deserves better.

Over the course of their respective careers, it became clear to Joint CEOs and Co-founders Susie Hills and Shaun Horan that universities were being poorly served by management consultancies who just didn't 'get' the nuances and challenges of higher education.

So in 2017, inspired by the late Dr Les Halpin, Shaun and Susie set out to build a team of the brightest minds, and have gone on to make a major impact on institutions in the UK and beyond.

The Halpin team is not just great on paper; they are the sort of people you like to have around. 

They've been hand-picked for their experience, a particular skill, their personality, or more often than not, a combination of all three.

We've been where you are and we know where you want to go. No matter your challenge, we'll rise to it. 


Meet the team

the halpin manifesto


We are nimble

We are always on the lookout for the smartest solutions, enabling speed and efficiency to get the job done.


We believe in better 

We aim to help our clients to achieve the best possible results. We also aim for this as a firm.
If there are things we can do better we listen, learn and act.


We mean what we say 

We keep our promises. We deliver results. We offer honest feedback and expert insight.
We won’t sell you something that isn’t needed. We don’t just say the right thing, we do it.


We are discreet 

We do not share secrets; we pride ourselves on confidentiality. We handle information shared with us with care. We never gossip.


We are equal 

We celebrate differences and are strong advocates of diversity.


We are kind  

We treat ourselves, each other, clients and suppliers with kindness at all times.


We work with trust 

We thrive on a culture of high trust. We trust our team to deliver results. We trust our clients to work with us productively. 


We are green 

We choose the most environmentally friendly way of travelling and are always looking for ways to reduce our impact on the planet.
We refuse to add to the world’s plastic crisis. We don’t dish out plastic giveaways at conferences; instead we donate to a local charity.


We shop smart 

We prefer suppliers who share our values and we use independent, local businesses wherever possible.
We are honest with our suppliers and pay our bills as quickly as we can.