Our Story
Hurst Smith Consulting was founded on the strong belief that a highly effective and motivated team is critical to building a successful and sustainable business.

Niki Hurst-Smith

Established leader in the marketing and comms industry with a 20-year career working for best in class agencies and brands. Initially my career developed within client services where I was renowned for growing client business with a relationship led approach and a focus (and passion for) motivating high performing teams. During my career I have always found myself at the heart of people led initiatives. For 15 years I have sat on the board of an HR consultancy QCG, as an non-executive Director providing counsel on marketing, branding, business change and HR.

8 years ago I was lucky enough to become Head of People for WDMP and have never looked back. Over the last 7 years I have worked in-house for iris and WDMP in-house, spanning both talent and HR.

Last year, Hurst Smith Consulting was born to collaborate with senior leadership teams to help them craft their people strategy and create an effective toolkit of HR and Talent initiatives and, more importantly, deliver a positive impact on both the culture and effectiveness of a business.

“Niki has been working in a consulting capacity with Stott and May for a few months now as we needed an external facilitator to help us put together a strategy and plan specifically within our People and Performance team. Niki’s approach so far has been incredibly insightful and even after the first session of brainstorming and planning, we came away feeling like we’d started to get clarity. Whilst approaching things in a professional manner, Niki is also very personable and whether it be group or one to one work, she creates a relaxed environment that enables people to think and innovate.”

Georgia Oatway - HR Manager Stott & May