Judith Courts

Judith Courts Consulting


Because all not-for-profit organisations are different, so are our solutions. Whether you’re a local or national charity, a social business or community organisation, our associates will listen carefully to you, bring a fresh pair of eyes, a hands-on approach and 30 years of professional experience. We work with charities, community organisations and social business to help you achieve your goals. We’ll involve you in developing the approach you need, collaborate with you throughout and update you regularly with progress.

What we won’t do is forget you are experts in what you do, bombard you with jargon, deliver activities we haven’t agreed with you first and exceed our quote.. We specialise working with you to:

  • clarify your strategic direction
  • deliver change and growth
  • grow your social enterprise
  • extend your influence
  • resolve complex issues
  • design, develop and manage projects
  • secure funding
  • prove the difference your work makes
  • make sure your governance and legal structures work
  • make your staff teams more effective
  • build lasting partnerships

Whether you want support with research, business planning, staff problems, troubleshooting, fundraising, evaluation or delivering change or just someone to talk to about options and issues....let us help you grow and succeed.

Judith Courts Consulting has been supporting not-for profit-organisations since 2000. Judith’s commitment to and belief in the power of people to make change for themselves comes from experiences as a trustee of a city farm, director of a women’s centre and extensive work as a debt advisor. She is a qualified teacher, SFEDI enterprise mentor, member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Judith has been a trustee of Incommunities (housing association), Your Consortium (contract manager) and Yorkshire Water Charitable Trust. She donates 10% of her time to pro-bono work.


My clients are all not-for-profit organisations and include national players such as Age UK and Citizens Advice, statutory bodies such as councils, CCG’s, and universities. However, I specialise in supporting regional and local organisations in the North with a turnover between £30,000 - £1.5 million. My clients include grass-roots community groups, peer-led organisations, local charities, social businesses and consortia and partnerships. In the last 3 years they have included:

ADVICE – work with numerous advice providers including facilitating and advice partnership between Age UK Bradford (www.ageuk.org.uk/bradforddistrict), Cancer Support Yorkshire (cancersupportyorkshire.org.uk), Equality Together (equalitytogether.org.uk), and Girlington Community Centre (www.girlingtoncentre.co.uk0
WOMEN– KYRA, York (www.kyra.org.uk)
FAITH– Charities such as Holyrood House (www.holyroodhouse.org.uk), Thirsk and the Muslim Women’s Council, Bradford (www.muslimwomenscouncil.org.uk)
HOMELESSNESS – Bradford Nightstop (www.bradfordnightstop.org.uk)
INFRASTRUCTURE - Your Consortium (contract management), Knaresborough (yourconsortium.org)
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE – Step 2 (Bradford) (www.step2.org.uk) and Communities United Project, Huddersfield (www.c-u-p.org)
DISABILITY– Time Together (learning disability), Harrogate (http://www.timetogether.info)
BAME – Keighley Association for Women and Children’s Centre (www.kawacc.btck.co.uk)
HEALTH AND WELLBEING – Orb Community Arts, Knaresborough (orb-arts.org)
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – Rotherham Federation (www.rotherhamfederation.org)
ARTS – Pioneer Projects, Bentham (pioneerprojects.org.uk)
OLDER PEOPLE– The Bridge, Catterick, (www.thebridge-richmondshire.com)
A large proportion of my clients work with older people and deliver social care support to vulnerable groups. Half of my clients support the rural areas of North Yorkshire and most are deliver some form of enterprise to enable their work to become fully or partly sustainable.


B.A. Hons Educational Research

Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Diploma In Management Open University

Level 4 Certificate in Enterprise Mentoring


Work in the last two years includes - collaborations with Charlie Cattell (www.charliecattell.net) designing and registering legal structures for not -for profit organisations.

2018 and 2019 £700,000 of successful bids to major trusts for a wide range of clients working in grassroots communities

Support to Rotherham Federation evaluating the impact of its Reaching Communities, Voices and Choices Project, work which enabled deprived communities to support community life. The evaluation contributed to the charity winning another three years funding for its work

Support to Step 2 (a young people's charity) assessing the feasibility and market for the charity to sell its wellbeing modules into the education and charity sector

An options appraisal to transfer Fuse Theatre, a unique project for learning-disabled young people from the Statutory to Community Sector

Work supporting Thirsk Community Care to restructure it finances

Support to The Clock (Yorkshire) Ltd to review its strategic direction and deliver a three-year business plan, followed later by due diligence support to merge with a local partner

Collaboration with the Ideas Mine to deliver an options appraisal for the reuse of Bilton Youth Centre, which led to the building being taken over by North Yorkshire Support and turned into a sports hub

Facilitating Time Together a learning disability and autism charity to deliver a theory of change an impact outcomes

Collaboration with The Ideas MIne to write a 3-year business plan to convert Hambleton Community Action's social care operations into a sustainable enterprise