As part of its major growth strategy, Halpin welcomes Osaro Otobo as Consultant specialising in diversity and inclusion, and in democracy and governance.

Osaro has been a Consulting Fellow for Halpin for over a year, and is already a familiar name to many of Halpin’s clients. She has worked on projects with University of Sunderland, University of Manchester, University of Liverpool and University of Sussex. She’s currently working with Halpin clients such as Unite Students, University of Exeter and Durham University.

Last year, she researched and authored Halpin’s research project ‘UK Universities’ Response to Black Lives Matter’ and chaired a follow-up webinar.

Osaro is also Deputy Chair of British Youth Council, working alongside trustees and staff to help young people make social and political change. She is currently a member of the advisory board for The Association of Students’ Union Professionals.

From lived experiences, she created the Make Diversity Count campaign which is calling for all UK organisations to have transparent and effective anti-discrimination polices and procedures for long-term change.

While studying at the University of Hull for her undergraduate and master’s degrees, she was elected for 3 successive years to work in the best interest of students at Hull; she was a postgraduate student trustee and a two-term President at Hull University Students’ Union (HUSU). She was their first-ever Black female president and the first Black two-term president at HUSU.

Joint CEO Susie Hills says, “Over the past year Osaro has contributed to a wide variety of projects for Halpin. She has demonstrated insight and commitment to the sector. We are delighted to welcome her to the team full time, and know she will excel in the role.”

Osaro comments, “I’ve really enjoyed my work as a Consulting Fellow for Halpin over the past year or so. I’m excited to join the team full time from September and start this new part of my journey working in Higher Education.”

Osaro joins the Halpin team from September 2021.