who we are

Experts in higher education and champions of cross-sector best practice

Halpin is a team of management consultants led by Joint CEOs and Co-founders Susie Hills and Shaun Horan. 

We help our clients optimise their fundraising, governance, strategy and marketing. 

While the majority of our clients tend to be in the higher education sector, our collective expertise and knowledge of best practice allows us to cross boundaries into other sectors. Many of our team have in-depth knowledge of not just higher education but also further education, arts and cultural organisations, healthcare, local government, social enterprises, charities and the corporate sector. 

We're guided by the principles in our Manifesto below. As a compassionate and conscientious business we have declared a climate emergency and committed to become carbon-neutral by 2030 at the very latest.


Where it all began...

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 experts

We immerse ourselves 100% in what we do, and we work with others who do the same.
We value the skills, knowledge and experience of our team, our clients and our suppliers.
Halpin is the home of experts in higher education and beyond.

we are kind

We treat ourselves, each other, clients, suppliers and our planet with kindness at all times.
We thrive on a high-trust culture of equality, honesty and integrity.  We do not share secrets. We never gossip. We keep our promises.
We don’t just say the right thing, we do it.

we want better

Our clients and our firm deserve the best possible results to make a positive impact on the world.
We listen, learn and act, delivering the best possible value to our clients.
We seek out the smartest solutions and celebrate best practice.

we are green

We actively seek ways to reduce our impact on the planet. We don’t dish out plastic giveaways at conferences.
We encourage and support charitable activity. We offset our carbon emissions and have committed to be carbon neutral by 2025.
We know that the way we all go about our lives must change and we are making those changes.

we shop smart

We prefer suppliers who share our values and we favour social enterprises or independent, local businesses.
We are honest with our suppliers and our clients about costs.
We ask our clients to pay us on time, so that we can, in turn, pay our suppliers on time.