About us…

The Halpin team of Consultants and Consulting Fellows is led by founding CEOs Susie Hills & Shaun Horan.  

Susie & Shaun are themselves experienced consultants with a blend of senior-level international and cross-sector experience. Find out a little more about them below. 

Shaun Horan

Shaun Horan, CEO

Shaun is the co-founder and joint-CEO of Halpin Partnership. He has over 20 years of senior-level international experience and is a dynamic, experienced and respected consultant. He has advised some of the leading names in Higher Education and is sought after for his highly regarded insight and proven results. He was a member of the HEFCE Advisory Board for the Pearce Report into the Philanthropic Workforce for Higher Education.

He began his career as a Barrister and moved into the voluntary sector, working in international development at Plan UK and Raleigh International. Shaun led the External Affairs directorate at the University of Reading covering UK and International Recruitment, Marketing, Fundraising and Alumni Relations, Communications and Events, establishing the fundraising function and running the first ever comprehensive Campaign with a target of £100M. He was also part of the senior management team that undertook the merger with Henley Management College.

Shaun holds a law degree from Southampton University and is an AMP graduate from Henley Business School. He is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and a Trustee of MQ: Transforming Mental Health. He has been a governor at two schools and has served on the boards of CASE, the CBI and a local hospice.

Susie Hills

Susie Hills, CEO

Susie is the co-founder and joint-CEO of Halpin Partnership. Susie has held many senior leadership and consultancy roles in the non-profit, corporate and education sectors. As an in-demand, results-driven consultant, Susie has supported dozens of high-profile clients to achieve their strategic goals in the arts, charity and education sectors in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and USA.

Susie spent over 7 years in the senior management team at University of Exeter where she led the University’s first campaign: ‘Creating a World Class University Together’, raising over £25m and quadrupling annual philanthropic income.  Susie is a renowned thought-leader and writes regularly on leadership and management topics.

Her career began in the charity sector where she worked for NGOs such as ActionAid, Barnardo’s and Samaritans. Susie moved into the corporate sector to manage corporate responsibility for Tesco Plc, setting and reporting on KPIs for environmental and social impact across the international business.

Susie is a trustee of The Halpin Trust and has worked as a school governor. She has a BA (Hons) Politics from Durham University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Voluntary Organisations from the University of Sheffield.

What’s in a name?

Halpin Partnership is named after the late Dr Les Halpin.

As a statistician, Les understood the need for high quality data analysis and market insight to inform business planning and improve business processes. As a philanthropist, Les sought to invest in projects which would tackle systemic issues and change the world, ‘in bite sized chunks’. And as an investor and entrepreneur Les helped smart, creative businesses to achieve their growth potential and deliver value to their customers.

As a sufferer of MND Les had the drive and passion to fight for the rights of patients to access new medicines.

Halpin Partnership is named after the late Dr Les Halpin.

Les was a collector of people and ideas and believed in working in partnership to make things happen. He was warm, enthusiastic and funny and would also tell it to you straight, because he cared.

Les’s legacy was to set up the Halpin Trust which supports smart organisations to step improve their performance and have sustainable impact. We are proud that our company, Halpin Partnership Ltd, bears Les’s name and is inspired by his approach to business and philanthropy.