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ImpactEd Consulting offers strategic and operational support for its partners.

We have deep sector knowledge across education and non-profits, technical expertise and significant experience of people and organisational leadership, all of which we work to leverage for the benefit of our partners.

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Our approach

We work on projects of strategic importance to our partners

We understand that our partners are focused, first and foremost, on delivering for their beneficiaries. ImpactEd Consulting helps partners to unpick knotty challenges and model routes to sustainable growth and impact.

Strategic projects

We work with our partners to establish, support and deliver on their key strategic priorities. These have included setting up and managing project boards and commissioning processes, leading innovation projects, staffing secretariats, overseeing change management processes and designing tender responses.

Strategy and organisation design

We underpin our partners' growth and development plans by supporting with long-term strategies, including business development, influencing and advocacy, income diversification and financial sustainability.

Governance and operating models

We firmly believe in translating strategy into action and we are committed to supporting our partners with the implementation of core projects. This includes financial modelling, governance and accountability systems, dashboards and evaluation support.

People and culture

Our highly-experienced consultants work with organisations across learning and development, recruitment, EDI, employee engagement and change management across all elements of the employee lifecycle, to support clients to develop and maintain positive and inclusive work cultures.

What our partners say

London School of Economics

“ImpactEd Consulting really understood the LSE culture, history and current position … and assimilated so much knowledge in such a short space of time! I have also appreciated their ability to step back from the detail and join up thinking across our current structure, whilst remaining pragmatic about how to effect positive change. The ideas completely met my expectations of what I was hoping we’d achieve through this operational review”.

LSE

Education Endowment Foundation

ImpactEd Consulting was an amazing support in driving our work forward, this was incredibly important to the EEF, setting a programme up to deliver on our aims of supporting the most disadvantaged pupils. The EEF would like to say a huge thank you for all the value that ImpactEd Consulting provided. Their work will have a lasting legacy”

EEF

The Difference

“ImpactEd Consulting really helped our senior team through some thorny and significant discussions, and I’m very pleased by the clarity we’re gaining together. As well as a strong strategy session for our charity, we feel up-skilled through this process”

The Difference

Runnymede Trust

"The Runnymede Trust engaged ImpactEd Consulting to work with our board and staff team to facilitate a strategic review following a period of rapid growth and organisational change. The team collaboratively developed with us a tailored plan which included input at all levels of the team alongside some external stakeholder engagement. We were particularly pleased with the energy that the team invested in building a deep understanding of our organisation's history, values and external landscape in order to 'meet us where we are' and tailor their approach to our unique situation. The thoughtful planning and expert facilitation of strategy sessions allowed us to manage nuance and surface complexity whilst making good progress in developing our thinking. The consultancy as a whole felt supportive and personal and the engagement was notable for its flexibility and care. We are grateful for IEC's support and would confidently recommend IEC for future projects"

Dr Shabna Begum and Laurence Jay, Interim co-CEOs

Our principles

We are not interested in giving abstract advice that isn't worked through into delivery. ImpactEd Consulting is committed to the following principles in all of our work:

Pragmatically linking strategy and operations

We understand that is not helpful to provide insight that is theoretically sound, but impossible to implement; we are experts in successful implementation as well as strategy design. We work hard to ensure that our strategic work is underpinned by useful financial and operational models.

Capacity building

Through our work, whether in EDI, strategy design, employee engagement or modelling financial scenarios, we will always work hand in glove with your team and ensure we are upskilling colleagues along the way.

Curating appropriate expertise for our partners

We are fortunate to have a network of directors and associates with a wide range of expertise in the commercial and charity sectors. We design teams for each of our partners that have the right combination of technical expertise and depth of sector knowledge.

Senior teams advising senior teams

The directors at ImpactEd Consulting have established, led and advised complex organisations, ranging from start-ups and charities to large financial institutions. We know how precious senior leadership time is, so we make sure our conversations and facilitation are purposeful and efficient.

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Our directors

Dr Chris Wilson

Founder and Director at ImpactEd Consulting

Chris is the former CEO of the education charity The Brilliant Club and launched the consulting model which has developed to become ImpactEd Consulting. During his time at The Brilliant Club, the charity became the second best non-for-profit organisation to work at in the UK. Chris was winner of the inaugural Sir Damon Buffini Leadership Award in 2018. He is a trustee at the Delta Academies Trust and Get Further. Chris holds a Double First Class Honours from Cambridge University and has a PhD in Ecclesiastical History.

Jonny Sobczyk Boddington

Founder and Director at ImpactEd Consulting

Jonny is a former Director at Accenture and BCS Consulting, where he was also the Chief of Staff. Jonny started his career as a classroom teacher and founded the teacher training programme, Researchers in Schools. He is the former CEO and Chair of the Peter Jones Foundation, Trustee and Treasurer of the Young Foundation and an advisor to the English Speaking Union and the British Science Association.

Dr Rajbir Hazelwood

Director at ImpactEd Consulting

Rajbir has worked as a researcher and Assistant Professor in higher education and established and led a social enterprise incubator, working in the USA, Ireland, South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong. She is an experienced Project Manager and a certified HR Manager and Change Management Practitioner. Rajbir trained as a community organiser with the South London chapter of Citizens UK. She has most recently led strategic transformation projects to tackle structural inequality at King's College London.

Elin de Zoete

Director at ImpactEd Consulting

Elin is the former Managing Director at PLMR, an award-winning public affairs and public relations agency. While at PLMR, Elin oversaw PLMR’s education work and over 12 years helped build the business from a five person team, to a 50-person consultancy with multiple offices. Elin shaped a client portfolio to campaign for, promote and defend purpose-driven companies and causes, from school groups to social supermarkets, education charities to parenting support organisations. She is also a former Director of Bite Back 2030, a movement started by Jamie Oliver to campaign for child health. Elin is a Trustee at Inspiration Trust MAT and Vice Chair of The Together Project. She has degrees from the London School of Economics and UCL.

Mike Bradburn

Director at ImpactEd Consulting

Mike has worked in the Management Consulting industry since 2000, during which time he has worked with many of the leading UK financial institutions, specialising in Project and Programme Management. He has run large scale IT system replacement and replatforming projects and has provided executive level guidance for mobilisation projects, organisational restructures and operating model replacements. With a keen interest in all things technology, Mike has also built numerous financial models for his clients and is experienced in creating tools that bring insight and clarity to complex data sets.

Hayley Reader-Curtis

Director of Operations and Product across ImpactEd Group

Hayley has worked in a variety of roles within the education sector including product development, curriculum management and operations. Prior to joining ImpactEd Group she oversaw the development and delivery of an online learning platform for the award-winning international education company Oxford Summer Courses, and worked for the EdTech start-up Learning Ladders, building products for schools and implementing operational processes.

Nathan Sansom

Associate at ImpactEd Consulting

Nathan spent the first decade of his career in central government departments developing policy and advising ministers (HM Treasury, PM Strategy Unit, Home Office). He was also the programme Director for the National Citizen Service Programme. Ten years ago, he moved into the third sector. He was part of the founding senior team at Frontline, and was CEO of education charity The Access Project for five years. He has served as a governor of a nursery centre and a trustee of a children's charity.

Tom Shirley

Associate  Director of Data Visualisation ImpactEd Consulting

Tom has over ten years of experience using data to inform and inspire those who are in a position to make a difference to the lives of young people. Among others, he has worked with The Fair Education Alliance, Creative Mentor Network, Right to Succeed, Ark Schools, The JRF, New Philanthropy Capital and Homeless Link. For his prior work he has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Winston Churchill Fellowship. He has degrees from Cambridge and Harvard.

Lena Kuenkel

Associate at ImpactEd Consulting

Lena is an experienced project leader who brings deep experience in operational design and strategy development. She advises senior leadership teams throughout the operating model design process whilst focusing on creating positive and inclusive work environments. She previously led the European team of BCG’s non-profit foundation, the Centre for Public Impact, building on a career as a strategy consultant. Lena holds degrees in business and economics from the Universities of St Andrews and Cambridge.

David Jones

Associate at ImpactEd Consulting

A former primary school teacher, David spent eight years working at The Brilliant Club building and delivering programmes to support young people to access university and succeed once they are there. He has worked extensively with universities, schools and government on the development and delivery of educational programmes and curricula, including leading successful bids for contracts with the DfE and Welsh Government.

Tom Holloran

Associate at ImpactEd Consulting

Tom has worked in data science and analytics since 2014, at organisations including Facebook and Government Digital Service, as well as consulting with blue chip clients such as Rolls Royce, Audi and Bupa. Over the past year he’s built several prototype projects using Open AI’s API, exploring what’s possible with the very latest generative AI technology. Previously he worked in central government helping to set up National Citizen Service, a youth programme for 16 and 17 year olds.