Janine Chandler, Chair of the Traverse Board:
“It is with great sadness I share the news that Traverse is to close its doors on 5 December.
“It’s no secret that the UK economy is in a significant downturn amidst ongoing political uncertainty, and in recent months Traverse has been severely impacted. With more than 30 years trading under our belt our business has weathered many difficult times, but this storm it hasn’t survived.
“On behalf of the team, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who have been part of Traverse’s journey, past and present. Traverse championed better decision-making through the power of inclusion, and our legacy will live on through our clients’ work, and through the expertise of our talented team.
“Finally, thank you to the many thousands of people who have shared their lived experience, views, opinions and ideas with us over the years to help inform the decisions that impact their lives.”
Traverse is an independent social-purpose consultancy that supports better decision making through the power of inclusion. We deliver evidence, insight, and strategic advice through our research, evaluation, engagement, and consultation services.
We create agenda-setting insight and offer strategic advice on social and environmental issues of local, national, and global significance. Our work encompasses sectors including local and national government, health and social care, utilities, environment and future energy, voluntary and community, and infrastructure.
Established in 1989 as the UK’s first employee-owned “public interest” company, we are passionate about creating an inclusive society with better outcomes for all.
Formerly known as Office for Public Management (OPM), the company acquired Dialogue by Design in 2012. OPM has traded as Traverse since 2018.
Traverse has appointed Purnells to handle the company’s closure.