Howard Exton-Smith

Howard has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, facilitator, trainer, and coach focusing on leadership, management and organisational development, and effectiveness.

Howard specialises in strategy, governance and impact, business, project and risk management, finance, and change.  He has worked with Boards and senior managers from the private, public and third sectors to improve individual and organisational performance through a focus on vision, collaboration, confidence, and outcomes.

Client-centred and flexible, Howard employs a participative, solutions-focussed faciliatory approach to encourage ownership: he is a skilled communicator for changing attitudes and behaviour, and is passionate about making a difference.  Howard has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, and North America, and has been a UK charity Trustee and Chair.  He holds a Master’s degree in Management and is a Belbin Team Roles Accredited consultant.

Howard is an Associate with NCVO, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, working on strategy and impact, financial and risk management, and governance projects.  With the Centre for Strategy & Communications, he works with Boards and management teams on individual and organisational performance improvement in strategic thinking and planning, business planning, and monitoring and evaluation.  He has been a Consultant with Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Enhance programme since its inception working on capacity building projects in strategy, business planning, governance, and organisational development.  Howard has also worked with Citizens Advice, the Chartered Institute of Insurance and a number of International Organisations including ILO, UNFCCC and WFP.

Key skills

  • Organisational reviews
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Effective governance
  • Leadership and management development
  • Culture and ESG
  • Coaching and mentoring