We are an ethical consultancy firm, designed to help academics, Universities and NGOs access funding for, and increase the impact of, international development research

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What we do

Academic Support


We specialise in the delivery of short-term academic consultancy pieces & communications designed to increase impact. Examples include support for the Tate Exchange Programme and a series for TESS-India.

Applied Research


Led by the firm's Academic Director, Dr Craig Walker, we deliver applied research projects on the ground. The team of academics we draw on specialise in a multitude of countries across sub-Saharan Africa.


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Our Associates will help you develop winning bids. We specialise in funding from the UK Government's Department for International Development, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Research Councils UK & Trusts

About Us

HM Consulting and Son Ltd is an ethical consultancy firm designed to open up opportunities to engage with cutting-edge, impact-driven research.

Our selected team of experts are here to support academics, universities and NGOs bid for and deliver research projects.

Our approach is wholly inclusive, with the aim of bringing about positive social and economic change, in collaboration with partners in the Global South.

Our clients

We supported The Open University to bid for research calls worth over £20M in 2017, plus, managed their 'Year of Mygration' initiative throughout 2018. Our team now manage their International Development Communications.


We supported Cisco launch a project designed to empower 10,000 students by 2022 with digital skills and experiences to get jobs in the digital economy 

We support Ibba Girls' School in South Sudan with their fundraising, marketing and communications

How did we get here?


HM Consulting and Son Ltd was founded in 2016. After joining the Higher Education sector back in 2011, Heidi McCafferty, its founder, saw the distinct inequities faced by many of those engaging in research.


Heidi met more and more academics and NGOs with hugely innovative, cutting-edge ideas, who lacked the institutional or organisational capacity, support or finance needed to translate these ideas in a way that ensured they could secure funding. Plus, many others struggling to deliver complex projects in tight time frames.

HM Consulting and Son was set up to provide a rapid response service for universities and charities to deliver projects ranging from fundraising to academic research to event planning.

Recent projects include coordinating a new OpenLearn course, ‘China in Africa’, supporting the University of Sussex to bid for funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and organising a series of events for Refugee Week in London, Belfast and Milton Keynes.



Professor John Benington, CBE


The whole campaign has been driven forward at a great pace and with complete professionalism

Chairman of Friends of Ibba Girls School, South Sudan

Dr Umut Erel


Our project, with all its complexity, simply would not have happened without Heidi and her team

Senior Lecturer in Sociology at The Open University 

Contact Us

HM Consulting and Son

4 Buckingham Road, Winslow, MK18 3DY

01296 820843


How many Associates do you have?

We have 5 Associates who work for the firm, based in London, Yorkshire, Milton Keynes and Cambridge. They come from a range of backgrounds, including NGOs, the UK Government and media

How much do you charge?

We have a set day rate for each Associate, depending on the work required, the turnaround time and each Associate's experience/skills set. The day rate is between £200 and £625

How quickly can we get started?

The firm was set up to provide a rapid response service to those who need urgent support with bids or projects, we move fast and efficiently to help you meet your key objectives

I'm not sure if you could help with this

Please don't hesitate to get in touch for a chat. If we feel we have the in-house expertise to help you, we will. If your requirements are outside the scope, we may know someone who can help

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Corporate Social Responsibility

We are proud supporters of the Equal Justice Initiative founded by Bryan Stevenson, an incredible organisation which confronts racial injustice, advocates for equality, and creates hope for marginalised communities in the USA

Find out more about the Equal Justice initiative