NEWS2 November 2023

Harlow Consulting makes two senior hires

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UK – Harrogate-based research and consulting services business Harlow Consulting has appointed Carolyn Black and James Legard as associate directors.

Carolyn Black and james legard

Black (pictured, left) joins Harlow Consulting from the public sector, where she worked in the evaluation and research team of Scotland’s national skills agency, Skills Development Scotland. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at Ipsos, four of which as associate director.

Black will take the lead on developing the company’s growing portfolio of work in Scotland.

Legard (pictured, right) was previously a senior heritage consultant at conservation architecture practice Purcell Architecture, and prior to that, an associate heritage consultant at Simpson and Brown in Edinburgh.

In both roles, he worked with Harlow on heritage-related research projects for Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland.

Founded in 2019, Harlow Consulting is a full-service research and evaluation agency operating across the UK. The company works with clients in sectors including construction, heritage, healthcare and education.

Jennifer Brennan, director at Harlow, said: “James is adept at interpreting complex information to produce clear, actionable recommendations. He’s also particularly skilled in the fields of construction and heritage, which are important and growing research areas for us.

“Carolyn is a great fit for us, in terms of both her experience and values. Her diverse and expert skill set in social research will greatly strengthen our ability to deliver for our Scottish clients. Her understanding of the needs of the public and third sectors will be especially valuable in forwarding our mission to undertake projects with positive social impacts.”

The business has grown its headcount from two in 2019 to ten today. Brennan added: “Investing in talent is a crucial part of our continued success and we plan to continue expanding our team at all levels over the coming months and years.”