My work covers two main areas:
a) I work mainly with small charities (I am Chair of the Small Charities Coalition) to help them with all aspects of governance, strategic planning, fundraising strategy, structure, project design. I work very closely with small charities on any or all of their problem areas. I 'hold their hand' until they feel they are in a better place. Sometimes this simply involves a mentoring relationship with the Chair or Chief Officer; at other times I will work with the whole team and/or committee.
b) I undertake evaluations and reviews of grant making programmes.
My recent small charity clients include the following : Caring Hair charity, Bonded Thru Cancer, HOPE, Clock Tower Sanctuary, Centre for Armenian Advice and Information, GALOP.
My Trust and Foundation Clients include: Lloyds Bank Foundation, Tudor Trust, Triangle Trust, John Lyon's Charity.
London University: Bachelor of Education/Child Development
Brunel University: MA Social Policy & Administration
Ongoing training throughout my working life
Freelance consultancy since 2001 (current)
CEO, BBC Children in Need Appeal
CEO, Gingerbread, the association for one parent families
Co-Director, Centre for Social Education
Commissioner (part time), Postcomm, the postal services regulator
Chair, Small Charities Coalition (current)
Chair and/or trustee of more than 10 charities over the past 20 years