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 kind  

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

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 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.