We are an ethical consultancy firm, designed to help academics, Universities and NGOs secure funding and increase the impact of their research and projects

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.



We manage the International Development communications for The Open University and for Friends of Ibba Girls' School, South Sudan. Our dedicated, experienced team will help you increase your reach & improve donor relations

About Us

HM Consulting and Son 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.

  • We helped Cisco launch a project in 2018, designed to empower 10,000 students who have diverse abilities with digital skills and experiences to get jobs in the digital economy
  • We are currently working on a project funded by the Royal Foundation, reviewing the wellbeing initiatives available to emergency service personnel across the United Kingdom
  • We support Friends of Ibba Girls' School in South Sudan with their fundraising, marketing and communications
  • We manage The Open University's communications in relation to its International Development teaching and research

How did we get here?

HM Consulting and Son 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.

It was shortly after leaving an NGO that Heidi set up HM Consulting and Son 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, ‘Rising China and Africa's development - oil', 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 

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Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

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How many Associates do you have?

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

How much do you charge?

As an ethical consultancy firm, we ensure that we offer excellent value for money to the sector. We are driven by social change, not profit. Our fees are between £225 - £260 per day with no added VAT

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

Corporate Social Responsibility

We are proud supporters of the Equal Justice Initiative which confronts racial injustice, advocates for equality, and creates hope for marginalised communities in the USA

Find out more about the Equal Justice initiative