Hilary founded Goldsmith Consulting in 1994, having developed her management skills and experience working with a huge variety of managers and organisations at IBM. She specialises in organisational dynamics – aligning organisations with their strategies, making them more effective in achieving their aims. Calling on her own thoroughly practical background, she supports a wide range of organisations to find realistic ways to achieve distinctive performance. Broadly, her work covers: leadership and strategy, organisational structures, employee engagement, organisational and cultural aspects of effectiveness and change.
Hilary has been working to make a reality of ideas of organisational excellence since the late 1980’s, driven by the conviction that we all need and deserve smart and meaningful work, and smart and meaningful organisations. Her nose for organisational dynamics and politics gives her rapid insight into what makes an organisation special, and what makes it tick.
Hilary works with business leaders and senior managers in all types of organisations. As a consultant, Hilary develops and delivers programmes that provoke and enable change. As a facilitator with many years’ experience, Hilary has worked with teams across a wide range of organisations in almost all industry, engaging in activities including strategic planning, self assessment, action planning, problem solving, project definition, process redesign and benchmarking. She works with senior management teams and boards and with multilevel teams. She has particular experience at working with multi-organisation teams. As facilitator, her role is to help the team to focus and to reach realistic conclusions, and to address the interpersonal and cultural issues that are inherent in a disparate team. As a coach, she works particularly with business leaders and senior management teams, helping them to gel, to see issues from new perspectives, and to turn ideas into practice.
Hilary is based in Cambridge and London, and works with clients globally. She was a Non-Executive Director of East of England Excellence through most of its life, and has supported it through a transition into the Ideas Centre, which is now flourishing. She is an avid supporter of TED and its mantra of Ideas Worth Spreading, and has attended the TED conference for a number of years. For the past two years, with the help of a great team, she has organised TEDxGranta, an independently organised TEDx event in Cambridge. She is a director and trustee of the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust, working to build a brand new 26km waterway to link the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes with the Great Ouse in Bedford, and the fenland waterway network beyond. This has given her in-depth experience of organising and managing volunteers – the management equivalent of extreme sports. In her spare time she’s a theatre, movie and art nut.