About the Consultation Institute

As a best-practice, not-for-profit body, the Institute takes pride in being independent.  It offers advice and guidance across the world of public consultation and engagement, to help those undertaking challenging exercises.

The Institute is now recognised widely across the UK and beyond.  The broad portfolio of training courses supports those just beginning their work in this area, to those with considerable experience, who need to keep up to date with specialist areas, such as the Law of Consultation.  Networking with fellow professionals is an important part of the Institute’s remit. There is a programme of Special Interest Groups, Roundtable events and also the popular Annual Conference.

With a highly experienced team of Associates, the Institute is able to give advice and guidance when a contentious consultation exercise is expected.  It can also act as a ‘critical friend’ to organisations with the most difficult consultations to run – taking them though the various stages to ensure that the processes are done to the best possible standards.

So, welcome to the Consultation Institute.  If your work involves public or stakeholder consultation and the wider spectrum of engagement, you have found the right place.

Our History

The Institute was founded in 2003.  Always a Membership body, much of the original work was based around training and publications.  Members quickly appreciated the benefits of belonging to an organisation with a firm ethos of standards and quality.

Our Aims and Goals

To disseminate best practice public consultation standards.

To encourage innovation and improve the value of public consultation to decision-makers.

To support consultation and engagement professionals to deliver best practice public consultations.

Meet the Team


The Institute's Associates

Associates are carefully chosen for their skill and experience in a wide range of consultation and engagement activities.

Sector-specific knowledge eg Local Government, NHS, Police, Fire & Rescue, Planning, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport etc enables them to work as specialist consultants or trainers. They work in both public and private sectors, in the UK and abroad.

Join Us

Membership of the Consultation Institute is open to all those involved in, or interested in, consultation and public engagement

Join the Consultation Institute at one of three levels depending on the number of people directly involved in Consultation activities within your organisation and who need easy access to the Consultation Institute’s range of member benefits.

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