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Feb 2023 | Human Engine Insights



Human Engine Insights is our monthly digest of what's happening in our world. Each edition will include industry news and thought pieces from our team on what's happening within the private and public sector.


Big Month. Big. HUGE!


It's been a busy month in our world. We've welcomed brand new faces (Hi, Simon), reached a big business milestone and been recognised by a huge publication for the work that we do. All of this whilst our team continue to deliver exciting projects with our clients! The icing on the cake, we've achieved another glowing review from a client on completion of a programme of work. More on this next month...

Oh. We also found the time to have a team get-together! It was a hoot.

Please keep scrolling to find out what's new in our world!


Human Engine Named as a Leading Management Consultancy by the Financial Times


The sixth annual report ‘The UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2023’ has been published by the Financial Times in partnership with Statista and reveals the most highly respected organisations by industry peers and clients.



The UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2023


We have been awarded a place in the following categories:

  • People and Performance (Silver) 🥈

  • Organisation and Change (Bronze) 🥉

  • Public and Social Sector (Bronze) 🥉

  • Strategy (Bronze) 🥉

Jonathon Noble, Managing Director, Human Engine said:

'I’m delighted that Human Engine has been recognised as one of the UK’s Leading Management Consultancies by the Financial Times and Statista, for the fourth consecutive year. Each year we achieve a place in the listings, I am convinced it is a fluke. This year marks not only our fourth listing, but our best results yet. I am enormously proud of our team for winning medals in four categories: Public and Social Sector, Strategy, Organisational Change and a coveted silver medal in People and Performance.
The Financial Times listings recognise the outstanding work that firms do to support their clients. We are again honoured to find ourselves in this company and I am immensely grateful to industry peers for the recognition and to our clients for the opportunity to work together to do the best work of our lives.'

We would like to thank our clients and peers for providing their recommendations, the Financial Times and their research partner Statista for the provision of the listings, and of course all of our team and associates for their hard work throughout the year.

For the full list of consultancies and methodology, please visit:




Team Celebrations and Milestones


If you follow the Human Engine business page on LinkedIn, our resident marketer Ben Smith has been shouting about a milestone for the business - we're delighted to share we've turned FIVE.

Jonathon Noble, Managing Director:

5 years ago this month a (very) small group of us set out to do something different. We wanted to provide a consulting service that was more personal, more human and more knowledgeable of the reality of modern public services. At the time we had no clients, no organisational case studies, no access to procurement frameworks and no external funding or financial backing.
Fast-forward 5 years and we are proud to have worked with more than 40 organisations, to have built a brand and to have grown our permanent workforce and associate network. I am hugely proud of our team and grateful to all of our clients for the opportunity to work with them to make a difference to people’s lives.

We want to thank those who have supported us throughout the past five years. Without our clients and of course our amazing team, associates and support team we wouldn't be where we are today!


To celebrate the whole team-ish, as Storm Otto had other ideas for our northern colleagues; celebrated our business birthday in style. A meal at the The Ivy Collection, bowling and drinkies!

ps. Ben Smith would like to point this out... Branded hoodies!


Except he forgot his. He had one job to do... #FAIL



Case Study: Target Operating Model Development


How we worked with The Nursing and Midwifery Council to develop a new Target Operating Model.


Read the Full Case Study - Click Here

For more information on how can help, please contact Ed Gurney, Principal Consultant. ed@human-engine.co.uk



Simon Bishop Joins Human Engine


Simon Bishop has joined Human Engine as a Principal Consultant. Simon has over 20 years of experience in the public sector; both in Councils and the NHS. His general bonhomie and audience appropriation is exceedingly well received, coupled with his rapid thought, and extensive knowledge as a subject matter expert instils trust and confidence in those whom he is working with.

Simon has a bachelor's degree in economics, a post-grad in commissioning and leadership and a master's in finance. His experience in finance, commissioning, improvement and transformation, strategic sourcing, commercial governance and programme management ensures he has a well-rounded skill set which can be applied to optimise the outcomes of the work he delivers.


Simon has worked on an extensive range of projects, ranging from social care, building schools for the future to public health, applying both waterfall and agile methodologies, lean and rapid process improvement. He has developed an extensive knowledge of procurement and commissioning, specialising in information technology and social care.


His accolades include successful project outcomes in many social care improvements, including looked after and business support redesign, implementing software solutions in social care with extensive integrations and building and applying strategic sourcing models within the NHS.

We're delighted to have Simon on board with us.


To contact Simon to discuss how he can help support your organisation, please email: simon.bishop@human-engine.co.uk




We're Hiring!


Build a career with Human Engine. We're looking for experienced professionals in the following roles:


Procurement and Contracts Consultants

  • Consultants - up to £45k

  • Senior Consultants - £45k - £65k

Programme and Project Managers

  • Consultants - up to £45k

  • Senior Consultants - £45k - £65k


About Human Engine


Human Engine is a leading management consultancy with specialisms in strategy, change, digital, commercial, procurement and projects. We work with local authorities, central government, charities and NHS organisations nationally to help transform their strategies, operations and cultures to improve outcomes for customers and communities.

If you wish to find out more about us - Visit Our Website


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