Bridging divides through public engagement and participation.  

About Hilo

Hilo means thread in Spanish. At Hilo, we want to be the thread that weaves across boundaries and borders and brings people together meaningfully.  


Hilo Consultants Ltd was founded in 2019 with a single mission: to create bridges and conversations between researchers and people interested in or to who research is relevant (patient groups, research communities, wider public, policy actors etc.) We do this using inventive and creative facilitation methods, the arts and media.


We have extensive experience working within the UK and internationally and have worked with funding bodies, academic institutions, civil society organisations and people within the creative sector to deliver positive and sometimes surprising collaborations and outcomes.


We can support project and programme design, delivery, evaluation and research. If you'd like to discuss how we might be able to support you please contact us using the submission form below. 

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Customer Testimony

“Siân and the Hilo team were fantastic in supporting us to conceptualise and begin to plan what meaningful participation from diverse communities should look like and achieve in our global project on clinical trials. Designing varied approaches, underpinned by high-quality methodology and inclusivity, Hilo demonstrate creativity, flexibility and integrity.”

Nick Medhurst

Good Clinical Trials Collaborative at The Wellcome Trust

We recently worked with the Hilo team to deliver a workshop on vaccine engagement with the Mesh network. Siân offered an insightful and highly considered approach to this complex topic which she then further developed into plans for a 4-day workshop. The outputs from this workshop were extremely rich and valuable both for participants and the wider engagement community.

Helena Wilcox
The Global Health Network, University of Oxford