Catherine Squire



Catherine believes in the power of people working together for change. Her practice as a facilitator, trainer and consultant is based on 35 years’ experience working in roles from front line refugee relief, to founder of a local NGO support organisation in Iran and from manager of a multi-agency consortium to board member of a local youth club in the UK.

Since starting her freelance work in 2000, she has focussed on capacity building practice for small and medium sized organisations. – including organisational assessments, capacity building plans, developing strategy, building management skills and safeguarding . Most recently she has been training consultants who are supporting organisational change with NGOs.

Catherine is a member of Framework, a values-based collective of consultants who work exclusively with the voluntary sector. Framework members support each other to reflect, learn and improve through sharing experiences and developing new tools and approaches together.


British Council • INTRAC • Comic Relief • Concern Worldwide • International Relief and Development • EU Decentralised Cooperation Programme, Mauritius • Save the Children• Bond • UNHCR • UNDP • Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service • UNICEF • UN Office for Drugs and Crime • Amnesty International • Swedish Mission Council • Article 19 • Transparency International • Fight for Peace International • World Association of Muslim Youth • Management Centre Cyprus • Sisters of St Louis • STARS Foundation • CNVOS/Min. Public Admin. Slovenia • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development • British Red Cross • CBM • NAMA • IM/Swedish Development Partner • Rakeen Foundation • Enabel (Agence Belge de Développement) • F3E • International Rescue Committee • Oak Foundation • Headway Cambridge • Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service


BSc (Econ) International Trade and Development 1981, London School of Economics

MSc Human Nutrition 1985, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medecine

Certificate in Online Facilitation Skills , 2016, ICA

Certificate in Community and Workplace Mediation, 2010 and 2014, OCR


Civil Society Capacity building

  • Design of toolkit for multi-stakeholder CB programme, including developing training materials, M&E design and accompaniment for Enabel in Koulikoro region of Mali (2018-2019)
  • Participatory Review of British Red Cross’s partner capacity building approach; production of detailed tailor-made guidance for programme staff (2017)
  • Formative and summative evaluation of the impact of Fight for Peace’s Global Alumni Programme during 2014-2016 covering outcomes of the OD support given to 4 cohorts of organisations in Kenya, South Africa, UK and Jamaica (total of about 20 organisations), including case studies of 6 organisations.
  • Evaluation of outcomes and impact of Concern Worldwide’s management development programme (2015)
  • 5-year evaluation of KHFSP (Cambridge, UK) programmes and organisation for Big Lottery Fund (2009)

Organisational Assessments (OA)

  • Coaching 15 Enabel Mali partners to improve their CB plans, with emphasis on ownership, learning and self-development (2019)
  • Review of Rakeen Foundation’s Organization Capacity Assessment Tool and design of participatory process with stakeholders (2018)
  • Review of British Red Cross’s partner capacity building approach including detailed guidelines on the use of OA tools (2017)
  • Design of OA tool for Bond UK (2011), and assessment process with Methodist Relief and Development and other UK charities.
  • OA process with AI Mauritius chapter (2009); various small UK charities (2007-11). Participatory assessment process leading to capacity building or change strategy.

Training for NGO staff
Training courses developed and run 2004-2019 included:

  • Management and Leadership skills
  • Organisational Assessment and Capacity Building
  • Partnerships
  • Participatory methods
  • Project Cycle and M&E
  • Consultancy Skills
  • Safeguarding
  • Coaching, Managing Volunteers, Performance Management (including E-learning courses)
    Part of award winning team of trainers on Concern Worldwide’s Management Development programme ‘Pathway’: Best Training Programme 2015 in the National Training Awards, IMD, Ireland