ABOUT HBC -
experience, clients, referrals, projects
All Helen Bouchami Consulting services are designed uniquely to fit
client requirements, although I draw upon a breadth of experience and an extensive repertoire
of methodologies and tools as required. On this page you can find out about my background and
what is distinctive about my approach, read what clients say about me and check out some sample
I have a passion for developing people in organisations and have
devoted all my career - over twenty years - to this field. Some of this has been in large
organisations, and some in independent consulting. For eleven years I worked in Digital Equipment
Corporation, which was long recognised for its leading edge work in Human Resource Development.
Because I have direct experience of the complexities of modern organisations, (including
the specific challenges of both rapid growth and globalisation, and of restructuring and cost
containment), I can help make a clear business case for people development initiatives and I
can offer practical support to ensure their effective implementation.
Experience and Languages
The early part of my career was spent in Algeria where I was Human
Resource Development Manager for a division of the State Oil and Gas company. I have continued
to work across cultures and have substantial experience of working in a global context
whether this means developing processes to be implemented across geographies, working with
mixed language/culture groups, or leading distributed teams.
I am fluent in French.
I have had the privilege of working with many talented people
over the years and work hard at my networking and relationships. I am confident of fielding an
outstanding team for larger projects. I am committed to this virtual form of organisation as
the way of the future, and my clients benefit by accessing the best talent - the very same talent
often, that is marketed by leading consulting firms, but without expensive consulting firm
I have also worked closely with leading business schools in Europe - as the largest client of
INSEAD, a business partner of IMD, an Associate of Ashridge, guest speaker at Henley and an
adviser to London Business School. I can guide and help clients in accessing and getting the
best from business school resources.
the HRD Department
When I work with HR/HRD clients to create strategy, develop processes or
design programmes I don't receive the company's Excellence award or get to address the Board - my
I am committed to achieving real transfer of expertise and my most satisfying assignments
have involved close working in a client/consultant team. I particularly value longer-term
relationships, where a partnership can build, based upon trust, in-depth understanding and real
I am proud to serve as a Deputy Chairman on the Board of the Royal Berkshire Ambulance NHS
Designed a six-month development process for new leaders in a major
multi-national company. Conducted diagnostic interviews, designed the process, including a
three-day workshop, created all materials and trained client facilitators. This programme has
now been very successfully launched in the US and Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Created a training and development strategy for a newly privatised
rail company. Subsequently developed a workshop to enable managers in the company to assume
greater responsibility for their own development.
Orientation/Flexible Learning materials
Devised a world-wide orientation process for a major international
bank to assist in staff retention, faster integration of new-hires and better understanding
of Control and Compliance requirements. Flexible materials including a Personal Organiser, a
strategy presentation kit for managers and a Control and Compliance case study.
and Development of potential
Designed a process to identify, assess and develop the next generation
of General Managers in an international Healthcare company. This project, sponsored by
the COO, required an analysis of the changing strategic context of the company and its
implications for the role of the General Manager. A competency model was developed to describe
these future requirements, and formed the basis for identification, assessment and development
processes, all operated by senior line managers with support from HR.
Re-designed the flagship Strategic Management Programme of a
leading business school. Worked with the tutor team over a six-month period to differentiate the
programme from those of its competitors, to increase its flexibility and to reinforce support
for application to participants' own organisations.
Designed and facilitated a one day workshop to enable more
effective inter-group working between two engineering disciplines, in a company whose
future success relies on providing a more integrated service to its customers.
Created a Development Guide for the management population of a multi-national
company, including Development Planning process and suggested development options (on-the-job,
self-study and internal and external programmes) mapped against the company's leadership
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