We are pleased to announce that following client demand, Insight Consultancy Solutions is now also offering the same high quality, flexible and cost-effective consultancy solutions in the US that have made it so successful in the UK and internationally.

“Having worked with Insight in the UK, we are delighted that Insight is now offering its consultancy services in the US where we also have operations. With its excellent service and cost-effective offerings, Insight really meets a growing need in the US market.”

Director, FTSE 100 Company

Insight Consultancy Solutions, Inc. will have its US headquarters on the West Coast, with offices in San Francisco, with its managment team and network of consultants and specialists working with organizations across North America.

“The skill and care Insight invests in not only meeting clients’ immediate needs but in transferring skills and knowledge to create lasting impact are inspiring – I am very much looking forward to working with Insight in the US.”

Director, Charitable Foundation Headquartered in New York

If you would like to know more about how Insight Consultancy Solutions, Inc. can support your organization in the US, the UK or internationally, please contact CEO Sarah Thrift at sarahthrift@insightconsultancysolutions.com.


A recent course participant, Chris Pritchard from UK Payments, shares his experience of the Strategic Thinking & Problem Solving Skills course developed and run by Sarah Thrift, Managing Director of Insight Consultancy Solutions.

Q: Chris, what were your expectations before starting the course?

Chris Pritchard

Chris: I didn’t know what to expect from the course, but when Sarah mentioned she was running it, I knew I just had to do it. Not only are the techniques used by consultants famous for their effectiveness, but I’ve known Sarah for some years as a successful businesswoman, and anything she can teach about the techniques she uses is bound to help me in my own line of work. Needless to say, I was not disappointed in the quality of the course’s presentation and the excellent skills taught during it.

Q: What was your experience of the course?

Chris: I really appreciate that Sarah keeps the groups quite small, and so can tailor the course to the needs of the individuals. The pace, energy and enthusiasm with which she runs the course made it upbeat, highly interesting and enough of a challenge to engage the mind without leaving anyone behind or going over your head.
There were plenty of ‘aha!’ moments and I was very pleased to discover just how much I was learning in a very short space of time. The structure and length of the training days, and the space in between them to apply the knowledge learned were all extremely well judged.
The exercises to take away between sessions were incredibly helpful, especially because I could start applying them right away to my own project – no nice-sounding theories disconnected from the real world, just practical tools and techniques that could be applied straight away to here-and-now challenges.

Q: Did you notice any immediate impact of the course on your way of working?

Chris: Yes, definitely. I found myself taking stock of my own project, feeling more in control of it, and having a much broader sense of the actual outcome desired, and the exact steps needed to bring that closer to reality. Strategic thinking started to become something tangible to me, with the techniques to plan a road map of how to achieve the goals.
The best thing is, Sarah’s teaching style ensures that you’re learning almost without realising it. It’s still challenging, but the way the techniques are presented means that you’re never left scratching your head, trying to think “What was that bit again?” If in any doubt, the excellent course materials she supplied act as a reference guide to ensure you’re on the right track.

Q: Three months on, would you say the course has had a lasting impact on your way of working and success in your job?

Chris: Yes, the impact has been noticeable both for me and for others – the renewed enthusiasm for my project and the sense of direction I received from doing the course has become infectious, and I now have several very talented volunteers who have chosen to come on board to help out with the main project I’m working on. I’ve also recently been asked to join another project team, where the strategic thinking skills I have learned are proving a great benefit.

Q: What tools and techniques have you found most helpful?

Chris: The incisive nature of the methodology was the greatest benefit, I think – the ability to use the tools to find the right question to be answered and to put structures in place that employ specificity and therefore cut to the chase, rather than wasting time tinkering around the edges. The issue trees are an excellent way of laying out all the main factors in a clear way that covers all bases, so that you know you’re on the right track (and can clearly show this to others, to boost their confidence in the direction of the project).

Q: So, you’d do it again?

Chris: I would definitely do it again! This course is an absolute bargain, considering the long-term implications of the skills I learned from Sarah.


Insight Consultancy Solutions is delighted to have been selected to support the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) in its first strategy formulation process.

The CBHA is one-year-old consortium of 15 non-governmental organisations that provide humanitarian assistance around the world. The consortium was created with an aspiration to strengthen the capacity of the NGO sector to deliver appropriate, high-quality, and quicker humanitarian assistance.

In its first year the CBHA launched NGO-strengthening activities with transformative potential as well as enabling its members to conduct additional DFID-funded Pakistan flood crisis projects. The consortium has also demonstrated a potential for convening humanitarian policy dialogue through its well-regarded engagement with the independent Humanitarian Emergency Response Review.

The consortium’s successful first year of operations has demonstrated the potential impact CBHA can have. To address the substantial challenges posed by the unpredictable nature of the humanitarian endeavour and to maximise the impact this landmark humanitarian venture can have on some of the most important issues of the modern world such as climate change, economic globalisation, human vulnerability and disaster resilience, CBHA has chosen Insight Consultancy Solutions to facilitate the development of an appropriate framework for collaboration for the consortium.

Drawing on their extensive experience with strategy formulation and working with humanitarian non-profit organisations both in the UK and internationally, the team at Insight Consultancy Solutions is delighted to work with CBHA on building a shared strategy and vision, as well as establishing shared operational principles, thus enabling CBHA to make full use of the potential synergies between members with regards to both capacity-building work and disaster response, maximising the speed and effectiveness of support to those affected by a crisis.

To learn more about the CBHA and its member organisations, please visit the CBHA website.

If you would like to know more about how Insight Consultancy Solutions can support your organisation please contact Managing Director Sarah Thrift at sarahthrift@insightconsultancysolutions.com.

CBHA Member Organisations: ActionAid; ACF (UK); CAFOD; CARE International UK; Christian Aid; Concern Worldwide (UK); HelpAge International; IRC (UK); Islamic Relief; Merlin; Oxfam GB; Plan International (UK); Save the Children Fund; Tearfund; World Vision UK