Howard Exton-Smith


Following a general management career in the private sector, Howard has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, facilitator, trainer, and coach specialising in personal and organisational development, strategy and governance, and the management of change.

Howard has worked with the private, public and third sectors to improve individual and organisational performance through a focus on vision, collaboration, confidence, and outcomes.

From a background in psychology, marketing and professional services, Howard has extensive experience of delivering successful development and capacity-building programmes with a range of audiences including Boards and Chairs, Chief Executives, and senior and middle-management teams.

Client-centred and flexible, Howard employs a participatory, solutions-focussed facilitation approach to foster learning: 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.


Howard works with small, medium and large charities, CICs, social enterprises and infrastructure organisations.


Howard holds a Master’s degree in Management and is a Belbin Team Roles Accredited consultant.


  • Governance review for a heritage organisation
  • Facilitating an awayday for a membership organisation
  • Business planning and governance development for an arts organisation
  • Organisational Strengths Review and Board development for a service delivery organisation
  • Strategic planning support
  • Mentoring a CEO
  • Delivering courses in financial management for non-financial managers
  • Theory of Change development
  • Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment framework development
  • Stakeholder mapping and management