Fran Ferris-Ockwell



Fran is a consultant to purpose-driven businesses, social enterprises, and charities. She specialises in strategic development, income diversification, fundraising, and leadership. She works directly with CEO, senior team, and board of directors to develop and implement organisational resilience. She has overseen several major strategic and governance reviews, so understands the challenges involved in aligning the visions and reality.


Tickets for Good – Strategic Advisory, (private company)
CADS – Strategy, trading, leadership mentoring, and governance (charity)
Imayla – Strategy, social impact reporting, leadership mentoring (CIC)
Keystone – Social impact and partnerships development (private company and CIC)
Sheffield Hallam University – Diversity and Inclusion toolkit for employers (public sector)
TieTek – strategy and resilience audit, leadership mentoring (private company)
London Gypsies and Travellers – trusts and foundations fundraising, strategy, business planning (charity)
Stable Routes – strategy (CIC)
The Suit Works – trusts and foundations fundraising, strategy, business planning (charity)
Blackburn with Darwen Carers – strategic plan, social impact, governance, leadership mentoring (charity)


Fran holds a BA in English from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of York.


Until 2020, Fran was CEO of a Sheffield housing charity, Nomad Opening Doors. In her role, her objective was make the organisation financially sustainable so it could improve housing provision in the city for single people and those at risk of homelessness. During her tenure, Fran led the transformation of the charity – from being threatened closure it reached a position of strength and financial sustainability. She oversaw the diversification of their income streams, and introduced substantial additional revenue from trading.

Fran has extensive experience in senior leadership and governance, income diversification, and strategic development.

Alongside her consultancy, Fran is the co-founder of a tech-for-good startup, Family Phone, a digital hub that enables people to live independently with cognitive decline, and also help give peace of mind to families and carers. The Family Phone digital hub is designed in collaboration with people living with dementia.