Origins and Commitments

North Harbour Consulting started as a partnership, under the name ‘John Palmer Associates’ in April 1996. Its founders were John Palmer BA, who has more than 30 years experience in social research, community planning and housing; and Salma Ahmed BA, who has a background in community development and social housing. In response to our early growth and the widening group of associate consultants who worked with us, North Harbour Consulting was registered with a more generic name as a company in England and Wales in November 1998 (see Company Details).

Our Mission

North Harbour Consulting is an ethical business that provides services for public and civil society organisations that help them to achieve their aims, improve their performance and benefit the people they serve.

Our Commitments

We are committed to:

  • high standards of service, and excellence in service delivery;
  • high ethical standards, following the codes of good practice that are appropriate in each of the fields in which we work;
  • promoting equality and combating poverty, discrimination and social exclusion in all aspects of our work – in the advice we give, in the research we undertake, and in the way we run our organisation.