James Kenrick Consultancy
I am an experienced charity leader with 30 years’ experience of achieving impact across the advice, youth work and mental health sectors.The kinds of things I can help with include: • Strategy and organisational development – including conducting organisational or service reviews; supporting the development of business plans, strategies and theories of change. • Policy and research – including undertaking scoping reviews and needs assessments; conducting evaluations; writing reports and briefings; building the evidence base; making the case; analysing data and data systems; supporting campaigning activities. • Service design and development: - Developing new services and projects - Redesigning existing services to better meet needs, improve integration and enhance user participation • Interim programme management and CEO roles – filling gaps at critical times to keep your organisation on track. I am driven by my passion for social justice and my commitment to tackling inequality, disadvantage and discrimination. I use evidence and a deep understanding of user needs to pursue transformational change in services and systems. I have a particular interest in the links between social welfare and mental health issues. I am respected by colleagues and partners for my integrity, knowledge, evidence-based approach, hard work, deep thinking and consistently delivering above and beyond expectations, on time and within budget. After a successful few years as CEO of Youth Access, the national network of young people’s advice and counselling services, I went freelance in 2020. I am currently available for short or long-term commissions.
Current and recent clients include:• Association for Young People's Health – research and policy reports • Blagrave Trust – strategic lead for development of grant funder’s strategy • Citizens Advice Redbridge / Citizens Advice Barking & Dagenham – advising on the development of a new advice service • Inspire & Achieve Foundation – evaluation of youth mentoring programme • Kent Union – student advice service review • Mancroft Advice Project (MAP) – evaluation of youth voice and participation programmes, focussing on the impact on young participants’ mental health. • No Limits – youth advice service review • OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development) – international expert on child-friendly justice projects in Egypt and Latvia • Youth Access – ‘equity review’ to identify how youth advice, counselling and support services can better meet the needs of marginalised groups • Youth Legal – long-term strategic development consultancy
King's Fund Cascading Leadership Programme for voluntary sector leaders in healthLeading and Managing Youth Work and Youth Services Designated Safeguarding Lead training Citizens Advice adviser training BA (Hons) 2:1 Geography with Italian – University of Sussex
I started my career working in various front-line and management roles in Law Centres and advice agencies for ten years, before leading the national development of youth advice services for many years.After a successful few years as CEO at Youth Access, the national membership organisation for youth advice and counselling services, I went freelance in 2020. I have extensive experience as a Trustee (Advice Services Alliance; Lasa) and as a member of expert groups (e.g. Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition Steering Group; Public Legal Education and Support Taskforce; Public Health England’s Integrated Services Advisory Group). I founded and coordinated JustRights, the campaign for fair access to justice for children and young people. Selected publications: Kenrick, J. and Woodhead, C. (2023) The impact of participation in decision-making on young people’s mental health and wellbeing: an evaluation of MAP’s youth voice programmes (Norwich: Mancroft Advice Project) Kenrick, J. (2023) Assessment of needs, service experiences and outcomes: Listening to the voices of youth advice service clients (London: Youth Legal) Kenrick, J. and Rigby, E. (2021) Children, young people and families’ experiences of chronic asthma management and care: Evidence from existing research (London: Association for Young People’s Health) Hagell, A. and Kenrick, J. (2021) Rethinking how we support the parents and carers of young people with mental health problems: policy and practice issues and emerging solutions (London: Association for Young People’s Health) Kenrick, J. (2009) Young people’s access to advice – the evidence (London: Youth Access)